Published Thursday, 23 December 2021

Local cartoonist Nick Shingler has donated copies of his “The Cov Kids cartoon colouring book” to local schools and libraries in a lovely gesture to inspire all to draw and let their creativity flow.

Cov kids colouring book
Pictured from left to right: The Lady Mayoress of Coventry June McNicholas, The Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr John McNicholas, Nick Shingler, The Dean of Coventry John Witcombe, Cllr Kindy Sandhu Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

Nick has been drawing all his life and knows how much it helps with relaxation, mindfulness and general well-being.

He wants to inspire not only kids but all generations in the city especially with it being the City of Culture 2021.

In this collection Nick has his “Cov Kids” in scenes and events in Coventry, the city of peace and reconciliation, promoting the inclusivity and diversity the city is famous for around the world as well as giving us all a smile!

Nick said, “When Covid stopped my Cov Kids cartoon workshops in schools and libraries, I wanted to find a way of continuing to spread my positive message that “We are ALL the Cov Kids!”. The Cov Kids cartoon colouring book has done this while also allowing everybody’s creativity to be released.  Five years ago when we were part of the successful bid for Coventry City of Culture 2021 I never dreamed that I would have a cartoon book with their logo on in their shop (“other retail stores are available”). I’m grateful to Coventry Cathedral for sponsoring my gift to all of Coventry’s primary schools and libraries, and that they granted their logo to be on the Christmas card that is part of the book. Covid and Boris permitting I hope to hold some cartoon workshops for them in the new year.”

Joining Nick in Coventry Cathedral (the Cathedral’s sponsorship allowed for copies of the book to be given to all schools and libraries in the city) were the Lord Mayor Councillor John McNicholas and Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Coventry City Council.

Councillor Sandhu said: “This book is great for all ages and because there will be copies in libraries and schools it can be enjoyed by lots more people.

“Colouring has been shown to be great for your mental health, and featuring Coventry landmarks as part of the backdrop to the cartoons just adds to the pleasure”

Councillor John McNicholas, Lord Mayor of Coventry added, “Nick has done a great job of showing Coventry in his “Cov Kids” cartoons.

“Local people know all about Nick’s work and having such a lovely collection in one book not only inspires but also promotes the city in a fantastic way.”

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