Two things came my way and helped me name a ship and its captain:
One, my own personal moon (with appropriate thanks to sender).
Two, a letter that Ivor Cutler wrote in reply to a fan letter. I found it on a blog and have copied it here because it was so buried on the other site:
"In 1972, when I was three, I wrote a fan-letter to Ivor Cutler (with a little help from my mum) and got a lovely letter back from him. I still have it. It says:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND LETTER. I HOPE YOUR MUM IS LIKE MRS MACHERBERT [the main character in Meal One]. MY MUM HAS THE SAME SHAPE, BUT NEVER HIDES UNDER THE BED.
FOR YOUR WONDER, I ENCLOSE:
5 LOVE HEARTS
HALF A BUTTERFLY'S WINGS
1 GOLDEN MIRROR
1 GERMAN COIN
3 DELICATE SHELLS
1 SAPONELLA SEED (WHiCH YOU MAY PLANT)
2 JAGGY BONES
1 CANNON BALL (AS USED BY MICE IN BATTLE)
5 MIDDLE-CLASS ANGELS
1 RED RUBY (WHICH I KISSED)
I HOPE YOUR DAD IS LIKE MRS MACHERBERT TOO.
My first introduction to English surrealism! Thank you, Ivor, wherever you are.
posted by verstegan at 2:47 PM on February 28"
I'd probably say Scottish surrealism, or at least British, and I probably wouldn't call it surrealism either but never mind.
I am searching for that book Meal One (it's about breakfast) by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury. I thought that I had come to Ivor Cutler late in life, but recently found out that this was one of my first and favourite books. I can't recall it at all, and would dearly like to see it. Does anyone have a copy? It can be had for a fair sum, secondhand from Amazon. I just noticed that Claudio Munoz illustrated some of his books too, and I know his daughter, so perhaps I can ask him. Or even Helen Oxenbury herself, since I do run into her very occasionally. In fact, hang on. I am published by the publisher, maybe that's where my search should begin...