October is a great month for me for 3 reasons…

The first it’s my birthday and despite protestations from friends of a similar age that it is just a reminder that we’re getting old I still love the excitement of getting presents.

The second the UK weather isn’t usually too bad – you have the autumnal colouring of leaves, a great excuse to get the fires lit and whilst it is cold the days are usually bright and we have a few weeks before we descend into the wet, grey run up to winter.

And the third……

The Big Draw

The Big Draw was an initiative started in 2000 promoting visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.  Basically it is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.  The charity runs 12 months of the year with hints, tips, support, collaborative projects, educational events, etc but the month of October is the designated focal month with events taking place all over the UK.

Their key message is a that everybody can draw given the opportunity, and that drawing can bring excitement and fresh thinking.

The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw and is supported by a whole host of famous folk including award-winning author Philip Pullman, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, illustrators Oliver Jeffers, Posy Simmonds and Sir Quentin Blake, and many more.

And the third, is it is the month of The Big Draw Festival – http://www.thebigdraw.org/

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