To mark World Book Day Raymond Briggs appears on BBC Newsnight

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Today, March 2nd, is World Book Day and to mark the occasion Raymond Briggs reflects on some of his most famous creations, The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman, and Ethel and Ernest. There is also a rare glimpse of the book he has been working on for a number of years called ‘Time For Lights Out’.

The Book Trust present Raymond Briggs with their Lifetime Achievement Award

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Raymond Briggs receives the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

The speaker is Nicolette Jones author of ‘Raymond Briggs Blooming Books’. The award is presented by author and illustrator Chris Ridell, who was taught by Raymond Briggs at Brighton School of Art. In the audience, sat next to Raymond Briggs, is author and illustrator Shirley Hughes who received the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

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Raymond Briggs with Shirley Hughes (Alfie, Dogger) at the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. Shirley Hughes was awarded it in 2015, Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came To Tea) in 2016 and Raymond Briggs in 2017.

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-blogs/news/1440/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38927247

https://www.daynurseries.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1581848/The-Snowman-illustrator-Raymond-Briggs-flies-high-with-life-time-achievement-award

Raymond Briggs receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Today Raymond Briggs receives the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The ceremony taking place at The Southbank Centre in London is in its third year. Previous awards were given to Shirley Hughes in 2015 and Judith Kerr in 2016.

The Judging Panel were: Critic and broadcaster Nicolette Jones, writer and illustrator Chris Ridell, human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, illustrator Cressida Cowell, poet John Agard, and Chief Executive of the Book Trust Diana Gerald.

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Raymond Briggs working at his home in Sussex _ (photo Roger Mainwood)

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/raymond-briggs-wins-lifetime-achievement-award-484961

About The Book Trust : http://www.booktrust.org.uk

“The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a children’s writer or illustrator whose body of work, in the opinion of the panel of judges, merits recognition for a lifetime’s achievement in children’s literature. It is a separate recognition to the Children’s Laureate in that it is purely celebratory and is not attached to any wider purpose of promoting children’s literature. BookTrust intends it to be awarded to a person who is not likely to become Children’s Laureate in the future.”

 

More interviews with the cast and crew recorded at the premiere

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More interviews from the Ethel and Ernest premiere that was held at The Curzon Mayfair on October 15th 2016 as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

Red Carpet News TV talks to Raymond Briggs, Director Roger Mainwood, Composer Carl Davis, Pam Ferris, Producer Camilla Deakin, and Jim Broadbent, at the BFI London Film Festival 2016.

And another interview, courtesy of Red Carpet News, filmed at a BFI London Film Festival press event held at the Mayfair Hotel.

For more from the premiere see these earlier postings:

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/raymond-briggs-at-the-ethel-and-ernest-the-premiere/

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/more-interviews-from-the-ethel-and-ernest-premiere-and-a-great-review/

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/brenda-blethyn-at-the-premiere-talking-about-playing-ethel-in-the-film/

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/jim-broadbent-talks-about-his-role-playing-ernest-in-the-film/

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/more-photos-from-the-ethel-and-ernest-world-premiere/

https://ethelandernestmovie.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/ethel-and-ernest-world-premiere-with-raymond-briggs-cast-and-crew/

 

 

Raymond Briggs article in the Telegraph

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A day before Raymond’s 83rd birthday the Telegraph has run an article reporting on the amazing response the film release and TV broadcast has had.

The article by India Sturgis is in today’s edition of the paper (Tues 17th January).  Here is a small extract:

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Raymond Briggs reading one of his diary entries from 1947. Photo Roger Mainwood, April 2016.

 

What’s on the telly this evening ?!

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Ethel and Ernest gets its premiere broadcast tonight (28th December 2016 BBC One 7:30pm)

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A scene from the film. Ethel and Ernest get their first TV set.

 

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The Radio Times on the making of Ethel and Ernest

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“Raymond Briggs sits at his desk, pencil in hand, brushes in pots and cup of tea at his side. A fresh sheet of paper is ready on an angled desk, and the author and illustrator begins to sketch his parents, Ethel and Ernest Briggs.

This is how Ethel & Ernest, the film adaptation of Briggs’s graphic novel, begins. On paper. By hand. But immediately the action begins, and we’re in London, 1928, with illustrated houses stretching out as far as the eye can see, horse carts clattering along the cobbled streets and a young Ernest hopping on his bike to work.

Moving pictures. It’s such an old idea that we forget how magical it is to watch someone’s drawing skip off the page and come to life. But that’s what Ethel & Ernest is. Magic.”

Read the full article by James Gill and Michael Hodges here

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A tweet from Lupus Films on the first day of production at the studio after the lengthy pre-production phase. From left to right Art Director Robin Shaw, Director Roger Mainwood, Animation Director Peter Dodd

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Wallpaper artwork for use in the film created by Assistant Art Director Mat Williams

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