Last night I was shamed! I met a reader - and you know who you are! - who told me that I don't update this journal often enough. I mumbled excuses, but am shamed to see that today is 26th June and my last triple-post was almost a month ago. So apologies, all you legions of readers!
What have I been doing? Well, on June 11th, I was at the 25th Red House Children's Book Award Lunch at the Roof Garden, Kensington, as an "additional author". The last book in my Rickety Hall trilogy, THE TALE OF WHITE WINTER HOLLOW had been voted one of their BEST READS. The Lunch began with a short speech by the new Children's Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson, looking all sparkly and lovely. The Award itself was won by Simon James with his picture book "BABY BRAINS".
(You may still be able to catch pictures of the event, among other parties, on www.achuka.co.uk/achokablog. A most informative site about children's books, by the way! Try searching for "fcbg", too, and you'll find out more about the young readers behind the RHCB Award)
What else? Tidying my house for visitors. Putting back the mess after visitors. Blah blah blah. Many bits of writing work, including revising a short (adult)play, "Last Supper" for the Harrogate Theatre New Writing Festival.
And a visit to ROBERT SHAW PRIMARY SCHOOL, NOTTINGHAM on 20th June. Despite having to get up at 5am to make the trip, it was a really lovely day. I worked with one group of young writers all day, and they worked so hard, despite the heat. WELL
DONE, ALL OF YOU! Now that's it. I am crossing my fingers and hoping this screed enters into Blogworld somehow. And I'll be back soon, okay? So watch this space!