My bostin’ time in Bedworth continued in the afternoon as I crossed town to Goodyers End Primary School. After a generous school lunch of chicken pasta with fresh broccoli followed by vanilla ice cream I was ready for round two.
Where to begin? Q: How many kids can you get in a school hall?
Both Goodyers End and St Giles, the visiting school, have a large intake and there wasn’t much room to breathe by the time everyone was sitting down. It didn’t matter though. The kids were super again and joined in the event with gusto. I wish I’d taken photographs to show you of William, who played my character Danny Ogle, most convincingly and of poor Ezrie who, like Ellie this morning, volunteered to be Lily Parr. Unfortunately I swapped the order of my readings and did the Danny Ogle extract first, forgetting poor Ezrie waiting in the corridor outside in Lily’s heavy jumper and boots. I hope the signed copy of Simone makes up for it!
The session seemed to pass in an instant and I’m so sorry if any pupil had questions they wanted to ask and didn’t get chance. Do post a comment if there’s anything you’re dying to know or say.
I must thank Mrs Daniels, the head teacher of Goodyers End, for setting up the whole day and making it such a success and also Tony for helping me with the Powerpoint and Lynda, the school librarian who was WONDERFUL because she sorted out all the book sales without once pulling her hair out. Librarians are such a special breed, aren’t they?