Cathy Brett has been scribbling stuff since she could hold a crayon – on paper, on walls, sometimes on her sister! At school she was hopeless at maths and cross-country running but quite good at scribbling and doodling (achieving A-Levels in both) She attended Doodling College then doodled professionally for a number of years – as a fashion illustrator, as a jet-setting spotter of global trends and as a consultant to the behemoths of the British high street – until trying children’s book doodling and having a go at scribbling them too. She lectures in design and visits schools around the country, trying to convince students, teachers and parents that scribbling and doodling are proper jobs.
What was the last book you read?
Life Class by Pat Barker
Which book would you recommend to a younger version of you that hadn’t read it?
Maus by Art Spiegleman. I didn’t discover this amazing graphic novel until my
thirties and my younger self deserves the life-changing revelation that
pictures are not just for young children and can tell serious stories
What was the first book you remember having a big impact on you as a child?
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden – great story and ignited my love of history. Then The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (a bit of a cheat because I read this when I was 19, but it simply blew me away!)
Can you describe your school days in one sentence?
Twelve years of confusion, staring out of windows and doodling on exercise books.
Have you got any real life experience with pyromania or communicating with the deceased that you would like to share?
The ‘talking to dead people’ thing, no. But, I’ve experienced two fires, one which destroyed our next door office building as we watched. We saw the
first puffs of smoke and hardly had time to evacuate before the fire
had caught hold of the entire roof and upper floors. It was scary
stuff and has ‘haunted’ me ever since.
Cathy will be appearing at WORDfest for all of Thursday April 7th (because she is wonderful!). She will be visiting Thomas Bennett Community College & you can meet her at the Library at 4.30pm & at 6.30pm as a member of the Graphic Novels Panel.