How busy? I’m going to have to get one of those t shirts printed with tour dates on the back. It would read: October 6th Christ the King School, Motherwell. Starring P4 and 5s from Christ the King with special guests from Holytown Primary. Special thanks go to Theresa the secretary for ordering the school lunch (steak pie) and my fabulous agent Kathryn for acting as driver, compere and bookseller all at once!
October 7th A.M.: Braidhurst High School. Starring Kirsten Scott as the keen, caring and enthusiastic librarian. What a great job she is doing in getting kids reading. Give her a raise! Double her budget! Send flowers!
October 7th P.M. Caldervale High School, Airdrie. Starring Mrs MacDonald as another keen, caring and enthusiastic librarian and Mr Hotchkiss, head of English and Hamilton Academicals supporter. Caldervale High School were participants in the North Lanarkshire Book Award (October 8th) and advocates for my book Accidental Friends. Although the award went to Theresa Breslin for ‘Nostradamus’, Megan and Hannah, who introduced Accidental Friends to the audience were so cheerful and lovely that I felt as if I’d won!
On Friday October 9th I just had time to blow my nose before heading to Cheltenham to hook up with Tom Palmer for our first Reads United gig at the festival on the 10th. Hello to everyone who came and especially to Sean from Walker Books who went in goal for us! It saved me from doing it and looking like a wally (not that Sean looked like a wally but I know I would!) I didn’t get any pictures from our event but I’m looking forward to doing many more with Mr Palmer despite his Leeds United fixation.