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Quentin Blake returns home to Sidcup to celebrate knighthood

PUBLISHED: 13:10 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:10 02 July 2013

Quentin Blake with Gill Nutkins, stock and reader development librarian for Bexley Libraries

Quentin Blake with Gill Nutkins, stock and reader development librarian for Bexley Libraries

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Quentin Blake, one of Sidcup’s favourite sons, returned to the town to celebrate his recent knighthood.

Sir Quentin Blake, one of Sidcup’s favourite sons, returned to the town to celebrate his recent knighthood.

The celebrated illustrator and author delighted fans at Sidcup Library with an illustrated talk about his career to date, shared examples of pictures he drew as a young boy visiting Sidcup Library, which he said was important to him as a child.

Sir Quentin, who is most famous for illustrating the majority of Roald Dahl’s books, spent time chatting with fans and signing copies of his latest adult book, Quentin Blake: Beyond The Page last Tuesday (June 25).

In an interview with the Bexley Times to celebrate his 80th birthday last December, Sir Quentin told us how his love for art had developed during his time at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School.

He said: ““My English teacher J.H. Walsh made me want to get into literature. He was very amusing and engaging.

“But I also owe a great debt of gratitude to Stanley Simmonds, my art teacher. He encouraged my development in art and showed a real interest in me.”

The new art block at the Hurst Road school is named after Quentin, which the octogenarian opened in 2007.

Despite leaving the town to go to Cambridge University in 1953, his legacy in Sidcup is very much alive.


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