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A Family Sing Song with Nick Cope

Monkeys, bears, socks and mud - this man sings about all the things children love! If you haven't seen singer/songwriter/illustrator/author/all-round kids entertainment guru, Nick Cope, in action yet, you're missing out.

Nick had international success as the lead singer/songwriter in The Candyskins in the '90s

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…

NC: …balloons.

 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!

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