Back home now, trying to catch up with my work, but had a good time away this week.
Wednesday was the Nottingham CBA Celebration, where I enjoyed meeting young readers from six different schools. So, hello to the pupils of MELLERS, ELMS, LEATON, SOUTHGLADE, WESTGLADE and BOSWORTH Primary Schools. Hope you enjoyed the day too!
Thursday's visit was to Walker Books to discuss a new book, maybe for their 2006 list! Not too many changes needed to the manuscript, though some pathetically stupid writing errors. How come I can't see the faults when I send it in? Grrrrrr! Actually, I'm jumping for joy here. It feels fantastically cheering to know there's a book on the publication horizon! (Sorry, folks. Overdrive on the exclamation marks!!!!!)
Then a briskly chilly crossing of Vauxhall Bridge, and a browse around in Tate Britain - and a walk between the vast,iron and wood Caro sculptures. Picked up a few postcards to use as "visual stimulus" on writing workshops. Amazed to find so few postcard images that I could use with boys - other than to raise a snigger, of course. Best not to go there - certainly not in school hours!
MEET MR. POD & MR. PICCALILLI !
I'm going to SHOUT a bit now. My NEW PICTURE BOOK - the one I worked on with NICK SHARRATT and the nice people at Walker Books - is now OUT, and it's called MR.POD & MR.PICCALILLI!
It's been spotted centre display in a big London bookshop - and I hope in lots of OTHER shops (wish, wish) and IN LOTS OF SHOPPING BAGS too? Of course it's Nick's book too, so big thanks, Nick!
WORLD WINDOWS & TOWN HALLS
Hello again. No I haven't been sleeping off the easter egg munch-mountain! I've been busy working.
I also went to the Federation of Children's Book Groups Annual Conference "Windows on the World" at the University of Hertfordshire. A great time, but I've felt slightly dazed ever since. There were talks by Anthony Horowitz,David Lloyd of Walker Books,Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler,Jonathan Stroud,Cat Wetherill, Jackie Morris, Kaye Umansky and Alan Gibbons. There were three great panel discussions, one on fantasy with Wendy Cooling talking to Chris d'Lacey, Catherine Fisher and Mary Hoffman; one on teenage fiction with Meg Rosoff, Catherine Johnson, Catherine McPhail and Graham Marks, chaired by Damian Kelleher, and then Wendy Cooling appeared again, chairing a conversation about the international dimension in children's books, with Jamila Gavin, Nicola Cadbury of Book Aid, and Ann Lazim of IBBY. And that's without the seminar sessions, or the book displays. You've only read about it, and I bet you're dazed already!
Off on a jaunt again, down to Nottingham Children's Book Award Celebrations, which will take place in The Ballroom at the City Hall. Do I take the tiara?