Leigh Hobbs – Welcome to The Writer’s Masterclass!
I love this picture of Leigh Hobbs with Old Tom – one of his most loved characters! I once sat in on a workshop where Leigh was teaching a group of students how to draw Old Tom. I’ve never been much of an artist so I watched and listened carefully. That afternoon, I repeated the instructions and managed to teach a group of four year olds how to draw Old Tom! We were all so proud of ourselves – holding up our pictures and smiling at each other! And in two days time, a group of children at The Writer’s Masterclass will have the chance to write and draw with this very talented writer and illustrator!
So lets chat to Leigh Hobbs and find out just where he works and what he likes to eat. (All the important stuff!!)
Where is your favourite place to write?
In my studio which is in the back garden of the house where I live. I sit an old drawing board on my lap which I have been writing and drawing on for fifty five years.
Who is your favourite author?
As a child it was; Robert Louis Stevenson. Because I loved ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Kidnappped’.
What is one of your most vivid childhood memories?
Seeing television for the first time. In 1956.
Name one essential item you keep on your desk.
Paper (and a pen and black ink).
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
What was the best birthday present you ever received?
My first book given to me when I was five years old. It was a ‘Children’s Treasury’ full of wonderful stories, and adventures. True and made up ones, with wonderful illustrations.
Characters in stories sometimes have special talents or powers. If you could choose an amazing talent or power for yourself, what would it be?
To fly. Then I could travel under my own steam. I love travelling to Europe.
How do you collect and organise your story ideas?
I have lots and lots of sketchbooks and scraps of paper in my studio. My studio is an absolute mess but somehow stories and ideas take shape gradually out of all this chaos. There is always a time when I feel that I’m not sure where I’m going with an idea. But I slog it out.
What is the best thing about becoming a writer?
Being able to create characters, and a world for them to inhabit.
What do you find most challenging about being a writer?
Reaching the high standards I set myself.
Your favourite all time meal is placed on the table in front of you. What is it?
I love roast beef with roast potatoes, and afterwards, rice pudding –sprinkled with nutmeg, and chocolate ice-cream!
Thanks for dropping by the blog, Leigh! We look forward to meeting and working with you at The Writer’s Masterclass!