In December 2007,  just as we were beginning the development of the Ethel and Ernest film, Raymond Briggs did a question and answer session with The Guardian newspaper.

Here are a few choice excerpts:

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I’d go to a good secondary school. Not my narrow-minded suburban, snobbish, fascist, so-called grammar.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Writing a mini-biography entirely in dialogue: Ethel and Ernest.

Which living person do you most admire?

Alan Bennett, because he shows great promise.  Also, he can go into the National Gallery when it’s closed.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Where I am now, writing this tripe. In bed.

Tell us a joke.

Fatherlike he tends and spares us. Rescues us from all our foes.

The full list of replies can be read by visiting:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2007/dec/22/weekend7.weekend2

notices on Raymond's studio door