A JERICHO author who helped to organise the Isle of Wight rock festivals has co-written a novel inspired by painter Pablo Picasso.

Ray Foulk, 73, was part of the team which succeeded in getting Bob Dylan to play the festival in 1969.

After writing two books about his exploits in the music industry he has turned his attention to the art world.

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Picasso’s Revenge is an art detective story he co-wrote with his daughter Caroline Foulk, and they attended the launch tonight at Modern Art Oxford.

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Environmental architect Mr Foulk said: “I’m delighted the novel has now been published.

“I first got the idea for the story when I was working in an Art Deco gallery in Fulham Road in the 1970s.

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The novel focuses on art collector Jacques Doucet and Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon. It started out as a film script but then we switched to a novel - now it has come out perhaps it could be adapted for a movie at a later date.”

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Mr Foulk said he enjoyed collaborating with his daughter Caroline on the novel.

“We have been working together for 28 years on different projects including two books about the Isle of Wight festivals,” he said.

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Picasso’s Revenge is published by Medina, price £17.95.

Admission is free to the launch tonight which takes place at the Pembroke Street venue at 6.30pm.