Andy Stanton, the author and creator of the popular British series "Mr Gum," visited Vietnam during the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) Literature Festival in Hanoi.
The visit came as a follow-up to an event held in March, when the British Council in Hanoi and the Nha Nam Publishing House launched a Writing and Drawing Contest that invited young people to submit their own ideas for the Mr Gum books.
Stanton's visit coincided with the launch of the latest Mr Gum adventure: "˜Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree'.
The cartoonist created the character as part of a last minute Christmas gift for his cousins. He wrote and drew the first book in just eight hours on Christmas Eve.
After that, the manuscript was forgotten in a drawer for several years, before Andy rediscovered it and found that the story still made him laugh. He decided to edit the text and shop it to several agents. And this was how Mr Gum started his journey.
During his visit to Vietnam, Stanton awarded prizes to winners of the Writing and Drawing Contest which took place at the launch of the Literature Festival last Friday at the National Library, 31 Trang Thi, Hanoi.