February 12th, 2019

leicester author week 2019

I had a great day in Leicester yesterday with the Leicester Author Week team and hundreds of children, ages 5-7. We made illustrated books, and by the end of the sessions, they were all authors!

Leicester Author Week is part of the 'Whatever It Takes' initiative to get kids reading. And it's brilliant. In an area where a lot of children won't own many (or any) of their own books, the programme brings in authors to do events, and then every single kid in the audience gets to take home a signed copy of a book by that author.

The evening before the events, I signed books in the hotel conference room with fellow author John Dougherty. (It's fun seeing which author will be there at the same time as me; one year John even helped me work out and learn chords for the There's a Shark in the Bath song I used at events! And it's also a great chance to catch up with Leicester friends.) John has lots of colourful pens.

Right before I left, my husband Stuart bought me this terrific yellow jumper at St Pancras station, so here's a picture of me with the Dinosaur Firefighter books I was signing, excellently colour-coordinated.

The hotel also has terrific carpeting.

And here's the team I worked with on the day: Becca Partington and Daniel Routledge.

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