A Family Sing Song with Nick Cope
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: How would you describe what you do and what would you be doing if you weren’t doing it?
Nick Cope: I think of myself as a songwriter who does a bit of drawing and, with help from amazing people, I will be publishing some books! If I weren’t doing what I’m doing I would hope to still be involved in something creative – I enjoy animating my songs so maybe something in the animation/ film world.
BCLF: The best thing about what I do is…
NC: …when I perform a new song and the children ask me to sing it again straight away. That’s always a good indication that all the hard work has been worth it.
BCLF: My favourite word is ..
NC: …“little” – it’s a great word to add a few syllables and rhythm in a song.
BCLF: My greatest fear is…
BCLF: My hidden talent is…
NC: I can skateboard a little bit.
BCLF: My superpower is…
NC: …stunning a crowd of people into silence with an old sock and a cardboard bowl of peas.
BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?
NC: Katie Hopkins.
BCLF: If you could ask another author a question, who would you ask and what would the question be?
NC: Though no longer with us, Charles M Schulz. I’d ask him, what he thinks of the CGI Peanuts movie.
BCLF: You’re the fantasy festival programmer. Who would you love to see come to Barnes?
NC: My dog Norman as I don’t think we have anyone to look after him on that day!