Cover Wars at Yarnfest, London

Author: Andy Hartwell

On Monday I took part in Covers Wars at The Queen of Hoxton, London as part of Yarnfest. The challenge was to illustrate our interpretations of the book Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. Having not previously read the book I spent the prior three days speed reading all 284 pages (go me!) and came up with a few ideas where I would have 20 minutes to illustrate at A2 scale on the night!

“YARN is a brand new festival celebrating story and storytelling – showcasing film, theatre, music and literature and providing a platform for mixing them all up! It’s all about fun and exploration, devoted to letting the imagination run wild.”

Representing AMMO Magazine I took the stage against three talented illustrators: Jamie Littler from Soupa, Robyn Boyden from Paperfox Press and Hidden Dingbat Collective. For the first ten minutes, the author Hanif Kureishi read out excerpts from the book whilst the audience watched and listened. It was the fastest 20 minutes of my life… Thanks to Jim and my friends for support πŸ™‚ On the judging panel was the author, Jon Gray and Miriam Rosenbloom from Faber & Faber. It was a great night and lovely to meet such talented people, congratulations to Hidden Dingbat who won with their fascinating paper cutting techniques!