This week on State of The Art, Annika is joined by the endlessly talented Bertie Blackman to talk about her new children's book Mica the Star Sailor.

Dedicated to her late father, artist Charles Blackman, Mica the Star Sailor is a powerful testament to the close relationship Bertie had with her father, who always encouraged her creativity, curiousity and wonder.

Mica the Star Sailor is also an expression of longing for the magical time Bertie had with her father when she was young.


"Mica has been in my art and ethereal world for many years. To see her come to life on the page has been a creative and emotional milestone. My dad taught me that curiousity, above all else, was of great importance. This is a kaleidoscopic snapshot into my childhood with my father." Bertie Blackman


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