Round Rotherham - and RAIN!
An amazing time last week, as I was invited along to the Rotherham Children's Festival, giving various versions of my "Author Talks" in libraries at Wath-upon Dearne, Central Rotherham, Mowbray Gardens and at Rawmarsh Carnegie Library. Every handover from librarian to librarian went smoothly, and I was one among many visitors. Impressive!
I even got a golden curtain behind me at Central Library. Certainly kinder and more re-assuring than sitting in front of the latest massed Jacqueline Wilsons or Harry Potters works,while the young audience busily compare which of THOSE titles they've read,and look blankly at the rapidly disintegrating me! Yes, I'm shy in a noisy sort of way.
Not exactly disintegrating, but very, very, very damp was the mood on Saturday,when rain not only stopped but flooded out play at the Humber Mouth Family Fun Day in Queen's Gardens, Hull. All that brilliant organization - by brave librarians again - reduced by the dowpour and chill. But we carried on, sheltered by the band-stand, and those who braved it out had a good time. So I got to see anarchist poet and magician Nick Tocsek, the entertaining Two Steves (Barlow and Skidmore), and even met up with a third Steve - Steve Wetherill, the illustrator and author of the highly charming Goz books. Great, now Ithink about it, but WET!!!
So I just wish that those who go on about bringing the Olympics to this damp landscape could have been there! Three cheers for the optimism of librarians, and ex-librarians is what I say!