With Christmas just around the corner, Levenshulme’s very own ‘Artist in Residence’ – Doctor Who, Brenda and Effie and Iris Widthyme author Paul Magrs – has turned his daily obsession of painting a different scene of village life into a unique gift by creating the exclusive, limited edition Lovely Levy Colouring Book, which will be launched at this year’s Levenshulme Festival.
The local artist and accomplished writer has been painting a different scene from the village every day since January 2015 and wanted to do something to celebrate his “Year of Levy Art”.
When asked about the book Paul explained “Colouring Books for adults and children are everywhere at the moment, but nowhere is there one as unique as this. It features my street scenes of Levenshulme, local landmarks and hidden treasures. Everything from the Secret Lake and the weekly Saturday market to the inside of Levy baths. You can paint your neighbourhood just the way you want it – and you don’t even have to stay inside the lines.”
“Chorlton may have its own Poet Laureate in Dame Carol Ann Duffy, but Levenshulme is vying to replace it as the Creative capital of Manchester’s suburbs with its own Artist in Residence with Paul Magrs,” says Lawrence Hennigan the President of the Levenshulme Festival. “He has really brought the village to life with his drawings which bring a smile to your face, we get visitors from all over the world coming into Fred’s to view his work. It’s great to see Levenshulme leading the way by coming up with its own colouring book.”
Paul will be launching his colouring book and his very popular prints and seaso9nal cards at a special Pop Up shop and exhibition of his work at Freds Ale House and Art Gallery in Levenshulme on Saturday 7th November from 12 noon until 4.00pm.
• For more information about the Levenshulme Festival which runs from Friday 23 October to Sunday 8th November – featuring 300 performers, 120 events and offering two weeks of fun – visit www.levenshulmefestival.co.uk
• For information about Paul Magrs work visit http://www.lifeonmagrs.blogspot.co.uk/p/drawings-by.html. Prints of some of Paul’s work are available, price £12 each, including postage and packing. Cards are £2.50 each, inc. p&p. he usually sell them in packs of four for £10. There are 24 different designs. Email him at email@example.com for further details or to make an order.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.