As I had been through a fairly hectic period in September and October, I thought that the lead up to Christmas would be a lot quieter; how wrong could I be. During October and November I worked with publishers to organize school visits for two really great new authors. In October I took the lovely Claire Barker to four schools where she enthralled the year 3 and 4 children with tales of her new book “Knitbone Pepper, ghost dog”. Then in December I arranged for Sophie Cleverly to go into another four schools to talk about the second in her series about Scarlet and Ivy, this book is called “The Whispers in the Walls”. This series is aimed for the 8-12 age group and is full of mystery. The children thoroughly enjoyed both authors and I am sure that the fan base has increased considerably.
Early in November I was able to attend the award ceremony for the ‘North Somerset Teachers Book Award’ and it was an opportunity to meet friends such as Huw Powell and Sharon Tregenza (a Facebook friend)and also meet Sam Gayton and Tom Moorhouse, Thank you to all those involved in this award and in particular Sue Wilsher the energetic organizer.
At the end of November I spent a lovely day over in Cardiff, where Chicken House publishers were holding a Little Breakfast at which we were invited to hear from five of their authors about upcoming books. There was Sam Hepburn, Emma Shevah, Linda Davies, M G Leonard and Helen Maslin; a positive cornucopia of talent to look forward to. It was also great to see several old friends and to catch up with what is going on.
The lead up to Christmas was announced in December by the annual Andersen Press Christmas Party. This is an event that is not to be missed if at all possible. There were some amazing people there, all of whom are at the top of their professions as writers and illustrators; which only goes to prove that Andersen knows how to chose which books to publish.
My final book related event was a week before Christmas, when Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton were signing books at Waterstones in Weston-super-mare. Their adventures of “Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam” are becoming very popular and are really good to read to young audiences. this was also an opportunity for the two of them to receive the award for the ‘North Somerset Teachers Book Award’ which they won this year.
So much for a quiet month or so to prepare for the festivities. However I think I prefer the excitement of meeting all of these amazing people and hearing about the wonderful books that have just come out, or will be arriving in the next few months. I really am looking forward to what the new year will bring.