Hay while the sun shines Pic: hayfestival.com

The House of Illustration aims to be the world’s first centre dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms and to create a permanent home for an enduring art.

Their grand scheme is to establish a real bricks ‘n’ mortar museum somewhat akin to London’s Cartoon Museum. In the meantime, they’re content with showing the best illustration on their website and holding the odd event to publicise the venture.

To that end, they are grabbing their pencil cases and transporting themselves to the Hay-on-Wye festival over the ten days to host a series of talks by illustrators and cartoonists.

From Bloghorn’s cartoon perspective, notable talks include Audrey Niffenegger (“Her Fearful Symmetry”) on Monday 31 May and PCOer Martin Rowson (“The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy”) on Thursday 3 June, both talking about their illustrated books. In addition, Quentin Blake will be speaking at the event on Saturday 29 June at 11.30am – tickets cost £5.

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