Today we met the lovely Elaine from Silverdell Books at Kirkham. She drove us to the first event at Broughton Business and Enterprise College, where Jo Harwood, librarian extraordinaire had coordinated a group of primary schools to come along and hear about Alice-Miranda and her adventures. As the girls walked into the library, I noticed one student talking very animatedly about Alice-Miranda. Her name was Zara and she was already a big Alice-Miranda fan (which was heartwarming to say the least). The girls were very attentive and enthusiastic and I had a great time talking to them, answering their questions and meeting them afterwards to sign books and postcards.
We then drove through more rolling countryside and quaint villages to Baines High School, where the lovely librarian, Anne Woodworth had coordinated another group of local primary schools to visit. The library was very modern and beautifully presented and the girls were as terrific as the morning students. I've been blown away by the enthusiasm, good manners and delight that the children I've met seem to get from stories and books. Who said that reading was dead!
It was lovely to talk to the children afterwards as I signed their books - although it was a little bit rushed as they had to be back at school for the end of the day. Elaine then drove Stephie to the station where we said farewell until the end of next week. Charlotte is taking over the reins in Glasgow at the beginning of next week. It was sad to see Stephie go - we have had such a great time. Elaine then drove us back to the hotel where we said our goodbyes and vowed to be back again at the end of October. I can't wait to work with her again.
A Bookish Adventure
I started this blog to document an extended trip to the US and UK in 2012, introducing children to my Alice-Miranda series. It's hard to believe that it's just on four years since we launched the first Alice-Miranda title - and now there are nine books out in Australia with another five still to come. When I first came up with the idea of this precocious seven and a quarter year old, I had no clue that she would take me on such an amazing journey, not only in Australia but also across the world. I visited 37 schools while we were away in 2012 and gave over 80 talks - it was fantastic. In 2013 I've been on lots of new adventures in the UK - visiting schools from London to Southampton, Lancashire, Scotland, Newcastle and back to London again. After that I headed off to meet readers in Singapore. In Australia I've been to Melbourne, Perth, Albany, Alice Springs and Brisbane. There's a new series too - about a gorgeous little girl called Clementine Rose. She and Alice-Miranda don't know each other yet, but they will soon.