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Anthony Browne launches The Shape Game

26th July 2010

Authors, illustrators and celebrities have lent their support to a project launched by Children's Laureate Anthony Browne.

Quentin Blake, Ian McEwan, Jacqueline Wilson and Sir Andrew Motion are among those who have created original artworks for The Shape Game, which is based on Browne's 2004 book of the same name, to raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity.

As part of the game, more than 45 writers, artists and other famous faces had to transform a random shape created by Browne into a recognisable object. The resultant artworks will now be auctioned and published in a new book, Play the Shape Game.

Children's illustrator Blake, who was the first contributor to join the project and turned his shape into a bird, commented: 'I jumped at the chance to get involved. Not only was it huge fun thinking about how I'd like to customise Anthony's shape, but encouraging creativity is something I feel very strongly about.'

Sheffield-born Browne has published almost 40 books, which are known for their use of strong watercolours that combine near-photographic realism with surrealism. His works include Gorilla and Voices in the Park.
 

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