The original illustrations of Gill Vines


‘I was put in contact with Gill via a mutual friend.  We first arranged to meet for a coffee which gave me a chance to chat about the project and also gave Gill an opportunity to show me some of her fine artwork.  I was super-impressed but, at the time, unsure if illustrating A Wizard in the Kitchen was something she would want to do.  I really hoped so.  I need not have been concerned though because, less than an hour later, Gill had emailed me a scan of a preliminary sketch for Mrs Kitchen.  It was fantastic, spot on, and just the sort of thing I was looking for!  A couple of months later I was gazing at the complete portfolio of her Wizard illustrations, amazed at how much the style and energy of her drawings brought the story to life.  They seemed to work perfectly with Tony’s wonderful, larger-than-life narration.  I can honestly say that, after some time, I still get as much pleasure from looking at them as I did then.  Thank you Gill.’

Phil Watkins – author


‘Talking of Gill’s illustrations bringing the story to life, in a similar vein, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Tony Fielding-Raby for the wonderful rendition of the story used on the backing tracks and the videos.  I’ve actually known Tony for many years: I’ve accompanied his singing and I’ve written music for one of the plays he directed.  I was thrilled when he agreed to record the narration for me because I know what a fine actor he his.  Actually, he’s a fine friend as well!  I think we recorded it over two or three sessions and it was a lot of fun.  Really!  And he had an instinctive flair for the zany, panto-style of the script that needed very little in the way of direction.  I honestly don’t think that his portrayal of Mrs K can be battered:  outrageous; ridiculous and as sizzling as an about-to-explode sausage.  Is it  possible to say ‘regular fries and ketchup’ in a more spectacular fashion?  I don’t think so. Thank you Tony.’

Phil Watkins – author

Why is music so great?

The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of ragged gypsies would set up their tents near the village, and with a great uproar of pipes and kettledrums they would display new inventions.

He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in turbulent confusion behind Melquiades magical irons.