The festival began proper on Friday evening with a talk held at the Lion Hotel by Private Eye regular Tony Husband. ‘Take Care, Son’ is a book he produced documenting his father Ron’s experience of Alzheimer’s disease.
Tony spoke powerfully and with great humour, sharing cartoons from the book as he explained what inspired them. All of the illustrations in the book show things that happened to his father as the illness progressed. The title comes from the last words Ron said to Tony in the nursing home.
The book is unique; using cartoons to tackle a serious subject. Many families whose lives have been similarly touched by the terrible condition have found comfort from reading it, and indeed has become recommended reading by the medical profession. Such is its success a BBC animation is in the works, voiced by Christopher Eccleston and with a soundtrack by Elbow.
The talk was followed by a book signing and an opportunity for visitors to have a chat with the great man himself.
Nedless to say, the book comes highly recommended, and can be purchased;