About alex

British cartoonist and writer, living in the Basque Country, but based in New Zealand.

Epistle Extract: New Zealand Road Trip to Mapua

Since the last Epistle, I started work on the illustrations to the follow-up to my middle grade book, FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club. If you want to be part of my advance reading team and receive an illustrated chapter of the book every week you can sign up at Tiny Letter.

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I’m a little late in writing, because I just got back from a road trip to the top of the South Island to see my good friend, Jane. She and her husband run an illustration, photography and design business in Mapua, about 430 km (267 miles) from Lyttelton.
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Summer in New Zealand

We have returned to live in New Zealand, from where I sent this month’s epistle.

I hope you had a lovely festive season. Given the costs and chaos of moving half way around the world, we had mostly agreed to no presents this Christmas.

We made exceptions for the back section. I bought my other half a Jackson shovel (the only thing for digging holes according to the guys who hand dug all the posts for the massive timber retaining wall they put in to prevent further landslips).
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