Flaming June already. Well, more drizzly than flaming but still June. Arghh! I’m not ready. June is my crazy-busy month with Tom Palmer and Reads United.
To tie in with the World Cup in South Africa we’re visiting schools, libraries and festivals up and down the country (actually, two countries as we’re in Wales as well). Our ‘tour’ starts on June 22nd in Portsmouth. We’re doing two days in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park, home to the beleaguered Portsmouth FC, thanks to Peter Bone at Portsmouth’s Children’s Library Services. After catching the second half of the England v Slovenia match in a pub or motorway cafe somewhere we’ll be heading for Wrexham (a mere 5 hour drive) on the 24th followed by Rotherham Children’s Book Festival on the 25th. Not wishing to have even weekends off we’ll be heading for Ipswich (Ip-Art Festival) on the 26th. The following week we have three days in God’s own county of Yorkshire (Kirklees to be precise) rounding off on the 4th July in Derby with the Big Book Bash. Reads United then goes its separate ways and I visit St Austell’s in Wakefield on July 6th and Willow Brook School near Nottingham on the 7th, leaving me free to watch Brazil v Spain in the World Cup Final on the 11th July. (I’d love it to be England in the final but…)
Before all that traveling starts I need to finish Gemma’s story (book 9 of Girls FC). I also have a couple of days with Kirklees libraries as part of their Mission Active programme. This is where libraries are working with schools on a fitness and healthy eating scheme. The idea is children walk to the library from school, have a healthy snack and, when I’m there, listen to how I researched Holly’s story in ‘Who Ate All the Pies?’
Even more exciting than all the above (no offence, librarians/Tom/ World Cup etc) is that next week I’m traveling to Edinburgh to see my son Joe’s art exhibition. He’s just completed his degree in graphics and illustration at the College of Art and got a 1st. We’re all over the moon and so, so proud of him. Go Joe!