I visited with the older kids at Kirkistown Primary School in Cloughey, Co. Down lately. We had a good discussion, I talked about my own writing and writing stories in general. Before my arrival the students had been creating drawings based on The Badness of Ballydog. They filled a whole corridor wall and it was wonderful to see them.
Miss Grope does not really appear in the book, she is only mentioned in relation to the fact that Andrew and his pack tap electricity from the mains supply in her garage. One student at Kirkistown felt poor Miss Grope deserved more attention.
Miss Grope. That’s the Villa in the background, a bit taller than I’d imagined it.
There was also a drawing of the fish finger factory, complete with a poisoned seagull dropping from the sky. That looks like the janitor in the foreground, about to scoop up the dead bird and throw it in with the rest of the fish finger's ingredients.
This is pretty much exactly how I’d imagined the fish finger factory. The janitor also happens to be May’s dad and I think he looks about right in this drawing too.
Thank you to all the artists and to everyone else at Kirkistown for the very enjoyable visit.
If anybody else out there has any drawings based on my books or characters I’d love to see them. It would be great if you could take a digital photo or scan them in and send them to me. I will try to put them on this blog.