|One of the public events held in the Artists Attic this weekend.|
Pam had spent time working with the Seven Stories archive to uncover the story it tells about children's books on ballet, and gave a fascinating and funny talk about the treasures she found. Starting with the Ballet Shoes books by Noel Streatfeild and illustrated by Ruth Gervis, and touching on the Lorna Hill's Sadlers Wells series, right up to the present day phenomenon that is Angelina Ballerina.
Katharine then gave a fascinating talk on her inspiration and drive to write the Angelina series. She gave additional insight in to her early love of ballet, and how the books were inspired not just by seeing her children enjoy it, but her childhood creative play, and visiting the ballet in Chicago with her grandmother.
|Katharine Holabird speaking at the event.|
|Katharine, Pam and Sarah in conversation.|
Accompanying the event, we took a display of archival material that Pam had explored, including some of Helen Craig's beautiful artwork for their latest book Angelina's Big City Ballet, which has left us all desperate to visit New York (aka the Big Cheese).
|Lindsey Gibson, Seven Stories conservator, discussing the archive with guests at the event.|
Twists and Tails, the Story of Angelina Ballerina is on display at the Seven Stories visitor centre until April 2015.
If you want to find out more about this collection, or about any other of our archives then