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Eat, draw and be funny

This year’s Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival offers a veritable feast of cartooning as we tackle the theme of ‘Food and Drink’.

A day of live events in The Square on Saturday 22nd April compliments other activities including workshops, talks, exhibitions and a trail around the town. The focus of the live event will see 30 cartoonists from around the world set loose to caricature and cartoon to their and your heart’s content. Watch large big board cartooning and take home a caricature.

Also in The Square on Saturday 22nd, you will find the ‘Fast Food Takeaway Shack’ serving freshly made drawings, and a live cartoon performance ‘The Great British Cook Off Melodrawma’. Join in, brew your own caption, get a taste for drawing in our hands-on area and visit the bookstall where cartoonists will be pleased to sign their work.

The ‘Eat, Draw and be Funny’ selling exhibitions at Bear Steps and Theatre Severn offer over 100 cartoons to tantalise your taste buds. The exhibition at the Bear Steps, St Alkmond’s Square, SY1 1UH will run from 10th to 29th April. Over 80 cartoons on the theme of Food & Drink will be on show, including Thomas Moore’s Gin Lane Revised – a must see. The exhibition at Theatre Severn - Frankwell Quay, SY3 8FT runs from April through to late May and includes an auction of the ‘Worship of Bacchus’ (reworked print!). Other ingredients that can be found in the FBC Manby Bowdler Gallery include animation tips, clips, storyboards and cartoon motifs.

On Friday 21st April we are delighted to be hosting a second illustrated talk by award winning Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband. Tony’s talk ‘From a Dark Place’ is a heartening tale of his son Paul’s journey through addiction - 8pm @ Unitarian Church, High Street, SY1 1LR. Tickets available from Pengwern Books, Fish Street, or on the door - £10, profits in aid of Red Rose Recovery and the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival fund. Copies of the book written by Tony and son Paul can be purchased on the night. On Saturday 22nd, Hunt Emerson will share stories about his involvement with the Fortean Times, covering 20th Century occultist Dion Fortune and his own comic strip Phenomenomix – 1.30pm @ The Central, Claremont Street, SY1 1QG. Tickets £5 on the door.

An important aim of the Festival is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to get stuck in and have fun. Alongside what is being served up in The Square the workshops on Saturday will include two ‘Expressive Animation’ workshops lead by local artist Joe Coulman  - 10am and 11.30am. Come along and create your own animation to take home - £4.00 per session. Angela Martin will help you create your own cartoon character and bring it to life in her ‘Fruit ‘n’ Veg, Pots and Pans’ Workshop at 10.30am – 12.30pm. Finally, Andy McKeown will run two ‘Drawing in Motion’ workshops – 1.30pm and 3pm £4 per session. Get the most out of the festival and join in.

Last but not least the S-mile Trail is as tasty as ever, a coffee, cake and cartoon trail around town throughout April. 

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