Sometimes I forget how many books I’ve written so it took me by surprise when I walked into Ruthin Library and saw them displayed on this rather arresting brown marble mantel piece in the meeting room. I was especially chuffed to see the Welsh versions of Starring Sammie (Stori Sami) and Starring Brody (Stori Jes). It’s a blast seeing your books in another language, even when you haven’t got the foggiest how to read them!
First up today were Ysgols Llanbedr and Gellifor. They were brilliant at helping me edit my new book (this is known in the trade as killing two birds with one stone). One of the queries in my latest Girls FC manuscript was to find a different word for ‘mangled.’ My editor suggested ‘get a good kicking.’ The group suggested a bucketful of alternatives such as pulverised, executed and crushed but I think Scott’s ‘battered’ might be the one I go for. Thanks, Scott – I’ll let you know what the outcome is!
Following them were Ysgol Pen Barras’s Y5 & Y6. As with all the schools I’d met so far, classes Berwyn, Hiraethog and Menlli were a credit to the school. They asked excellent questions and brought copies of my Welsh editions with them for signing. I love that!
After a gourmet lunch (including couscous wraps from Leondardo’s, the local deli, no less) Llinos the lovely librarian took me to Rhuddlan Library. I should probably apologise now to the borrowers using the library that afternoon. The screaming from me and Ysgol y Castel’s Y4-6s during my reading from The Worst Ghost of All was totally uncalled for… but dead funny! And Luke? I’ll have that copy of There’s Only One Danny Ogle with you as soon as possible – I promise!