Richard Graham - Writer's Routine #17

It's our last Writer's Routine of 2017! So now, for something a little bit different. Artist, illustrator and writer Richard Graham brings us his daily ritual!

Richard upcycles old junk, furniture and other bric-a-brac to make 3D pieces of character art. With this, he then imagines a story involving the pieces, and writes picture books for kids! His first 'The Cranky Caterpillar' is a tale of an insect stuck in a piano, moodily beating the keys, until a girl finds him, and sings some colour into his life.

I went down to Richard's 'Cranky Caterpillar Museum' in Kings Cross, where he makes actual art, writes stories and trudges through proper admin. We talk about the difference between art styles and why some creators choose these methods, also why writing a short and concise story is sometimes horrendously tough, and how sometimes it's best just to put down the pen and switch off for a while. You can look at more of Richard's work at

Our Distinguished Diary today features the weird and wonderful writing routine of Sir Tom Stoppard, who received an Academy Award for his screenplay of 'Shakespeare in Love'.

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