Well that was a busy few days. Busy, but FUN.
It started with a trip up to Glasgow for the first leg of the World Book Day Biggest Book Show on Earth, organised by the fabulous and indefatigable Kirsten Grant and hosted by the brilliant Steven Butler. It was a real honour to be part of this amazing line-up.
We were performing at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which was HUGE (hi publicist Sarah!)...
...and it was soon full of two and half thousand very excited and VERY noisy children. My fifteen minute slot consisted of some drawing and some GRRRRR! reading. When it came to the part that needed a very loud GRRRRR from the audience they nearly took the roof off.
I was first up on stage so afterwards was able to relax and watch Lydia, Frank, Chris, Joanna, Clare and Cressida do their thing. It's so nice to see what other authors do at their events - it's rare that I get the chance. They were all brilliant, obviously.
Then it was back to London (through the snow) for evening at home before setting off for a schools day in Oswestry with Tim, Carrie and Peter from award-winning independent bookshop Booka Books (see below right for their fab Sunk! display - the first time I've seen it in a bookshop).
On world book day itself I visited Norland Place school in west London. The kids (and teachers) were resplendent in their book character outfits. I, on the other hand, came as... myself. Poor show, I know. Still, we had a great day and to make up for my lack of costume here are the gang from Blown Away and Sunk! dressed as their favourite characters (click a pic for a closer look). Happy World Book Day everyone!