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Guess what, I didn't do anything for World Book Day today because Stuart, my sister and I were in Amsterdam! (I'll post sketches and photos soon.) Despite this, we managed to sweep back into London at the end of the day and catch one of our favourite writers, who was in in town for his events. Alyx Price from Scholastic took this photo of Philip Reeve getting well McIntyred.

Mary McIntyre, Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Speaking of World Book Day, the second-youngest member of my book club (Anneli, named after Anerley rail station) was much more put together than me, dressing up as Tiny from Viviane Schwarz's There Are Cats in This Book.

Before we left for Amsterdam, I had to do a few things in the studio, and while I was working, my sister and I threw a piece of folded paper back and forth to each other to make a story to send to Philip through the post. It's very rough, but I think it made him laugh.

And hey, Philip, thanks for the mention in the Telegraph! Here's his article about World Book Day. Which I found out about on the same day that Scholastic sent me an advance copy of his latest Mortal Engines book, Scrivener's Moon, through the post. Good times!

As I was looking up the World Book Day link just now, I stumbled across this 20-minute video of Philip reading from his World Book Day short novel, Traction City... while he's sitting in a tree house. I am bookmarking this for later, to work out if it's all CGI effects or if they really had him up in a tree. Too funny.

And if you're still wanting to take part in the events, tomorrow's the big World Book Night from 5pm-8pm on Trafalgar Square in London, where you can here short talks by Margaret Atwood, Alan Bennett, Nick Cave, John Le Carre, Rupert Everett, Mark Haddon, Hanif Kureishi, Graham Norton, Edna O'Brien, DBC Pierre, Philip Pullman, Lemn Sissay and Sarah Waters.

And a big hurrah to my studio mates, who are going out to Berlin for the launch of Fleece Officer Lauren O'Farrell's new book in German, Knit the City. I want to hear all about it, guys!



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Mar. 4th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
A Reeve bracketed by McIntyres! What a way to be.

I am incredibly amused by Philip the chip-lacking sheep. Is he dreamed of by androids? (And I am very jealous of your copy of Scrivener's Moon...)
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Ha! Cheers. I think the plot drifted a bit with the introduction of bubble wrap.

Yes, I pestered the publicist for the review copy, very glad to get it! Still haven't seen Traction City, though. And I hear it's dedicated to you! Glad to hear Philip has a good copy editor!
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
As always, the bubble wrap was too distracting.

'Fraid I didn't do anything to Traction City (or anything except one chapter of Scrivener's) - though I should have, the ones Scholastic paid are really not up to snuff. So all the many many mistakes are Not My Fault. It's still a good story, though!

And yes. You can pretty much imagine my expression when I found out I HAD A BOOK DEDICATED TO ME. Something like :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD.
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Anneli loved being Tiny so much she insisted on wearing the full outfit today as well. She's gone out to Polesden Lacey with Granny and Grandad dressed as a red cat!
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Tiny
Viv here. I approve whole-heartedly. YAY
Mar. 4th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
i read Philip's article in the Telegraph and went straight to the library to borrow Fever Crumb. Now I can't put it down, what to do?
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Finish it and read A Web of Air!

Then read the original quartet and Here Lies Arthur.
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)

Mar. 5th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Anneli! You win world book day!
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