Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Mentoring on the London Eye

The EDF London Eye, the Egyptian pyramids, the Empire State Building and other sites around the world were lit up in pink on October 11th 2012, to celebrate the first ever International Day of the Girl.
One in three girls around the world is denied an education by poverty, discrimination and violence. With education and the right support, girls can choose their own future and be a force for change. 

As I made my way to the London Eye early on Thursday morning to take part in a mentoring session with young school girls, I couldn't help thinking of Malala Yousafzai, the fourteen year old girl shot two days earlier for wanting an education in Pakistan. I pray she recovers soon.

Here I am marking the day with the wonderful children's charity Plan UK, on the London Eye and at the Southbank.

In a pod on the London Eye with girls from a London school and some very impressive women from the world of TV, radio and publishing.







Sarah Brown talking about the difference that education can make to a girl's life chances.







with the lovely Fiona Phillips, TV presenter and Plan UK ambassador.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Book festivals

A good day -  have spent the whole day preparing for three book festivals next week.

Monday - Wimbledon Book Festival
Tuesdsay - Ilkley Book Festival
Friday - South Asian Lit Festival

Oh and I found out that Secrets of the Henna Girl has been shortlisted at the North East Teen Book Award.