Monday, 21 January 2013

7 Stories

Had the pleasure of working with Seven Stories again which is the National Centre for Children's Books.
The lovely team arranged author visits in Durham and Newcastle before showing me around their wonderful building where I met the giant Grufflalo (forgot to take pic when I hugged him).
But here's a couple of pics from my work with 7Stories.


above pic at a school with Year 9 in Newcastle in 2013
bottom pic at Diverse Talks author event with witer Zahid Khan arranged by 7Stories in Manchester in 2012



North East Teen Book Award

Just returned from Newcastle where I attended the North East Teen Book Awards. I was delighted that Secrets of the Henna Girl was on a shortlist with five other books. The awards night was fab despite the fact that some of the people couldn't make it from the other cities and towns due to the snow.
Thank you to Eileen Earmstrong for organising the whole event. Eileen does it every year and her hard work means that the awards has a reputation for being highly respected.
It was also wonderful to spend time with the other shortlisted authors. Chris Priestly, Dave Cousins, Elizabeth Wein, fellow Puffin author Louisa Reid and of course the winner, Teri Terry.