What a weekend!

Wow! And wow again! Just back from the Joined -Up Reading Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG) Conference in Reading. It went really well, thanks for asking, though there were glitches with the sounds system which meant some of the panel events were difficult to hear. I felt so anxious for the speakers as there’s nothing worse when you’re trying to make an important point and you’re cut off half way through by an errant microphone. magnetic case iphone 6 Technology is amazing but it sucks when it fails. That aside, with headline talks by incredible children’s writers and illustrators such as Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jane Ray, Ros Asquith, Patrick Ness, Charlie Higson, Alan Gibbons, Geraldine McCaughrean, Celia Rees and Allan Ahlberg, the inspirational bits outweighed the niggly bits (I hope) . As if that wasn’t enough name-dropping for you , my co-workers on the CWIG committee are none other than Michaela Morgan, Bali Rai, John Dougherty, Sarah McIntyre, Nicola Smee and Nicola Davies. iphone 8 spidgen case Not shown is Enid Stephenson, the main co-ordinator and organiser of the event. I’ll ask Sarah Mc. to send me one of her sketches of Enid to show you later.    

Cartoon of the CWIG Committee by Sarah McIntyre (Nicola Davies arrived later so isn’t shown- Nicola Solomons is General Secretary of the Society of Authors)

  Add to the mix Gillian Cross, Susan Price, Rachel Rooney (poet), Catherine Johnson, Elizabeth Laird, Terence Blacker & Vivian French, who all led sessions, and it starts to get silly. That’s until you find out that the delegates listening to all these top dudes were some of the best contemporary writers, illustrators and poets in the kingdom. I could begin to list them but a) you’d think I was fibbing because everyone knows so much talent in one venue is illegal on health and safety grounds and b) I want to show you pictures instead. If you don’t mind I’ll only put links to writers I’ve not blogged about before, to save time. Have you got your anti-glare goggles on? Here goes:  

Yours truly ready to begin

A panel talk about writers’ websites & joint blogs: L-R Katherine Woodfine (Booktrust) Sarah Benton (Hot Key Books) Julia Eccleshare (The Guardian) Celia Rees (History Girls blog) John Dougherty (chairing)   Coffee time. Left to right: Malorie Blackman (in purple) illustrator Ted Dewan and illustrator/cartoonist Patrice Aggs (in stripy top). Told you the delegates were awesome too!     The sunshine girls. artsy iphone 7 case I’m afraid I don’t recognise the first three delegates are but 4th in is Fiona Dunbar (writer), then Catherine Johnson (writer and scriptwriter) Penny Dolan (writer) Pippa Goodhart (writer) and Jenny Alexander (fiction and non-fiction writer)

Alison Allen-Gray, Linda Waterhouse and Alan Gibbons posing beautifully

Charlie Higson (in green jacket) with Geraldine McCaughrean (in white) after their event, ‘Prequels and Sequels’. Patrick Ness in the blue shirt. The poor guy looking aghast ( in the checked shirt) is Mark, the technical assistant from Reading Uni who had a torrid time of it over the weekend. tpu case cover iphone 6 Apologies for my inept photography skills; couldn’t get a decent shot of the panel during the talk. Hopefully someone else did so I can add it later. shockproof case for iphone 6

Jess Atkinson from the Society of Authors with a well-deserved pack of gummi bears to scoff on the way home

Next time on the blog: more from Joined-Up Reading including an exclusive shot of me with the legend Allan Ahlberg.


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