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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St Bernadette's Primary School Stenhousemuir near Glasgow

Tuesday saw us visiting the same area as Monday but on the other side of the main road.  The journey there was not nearly as much fun, with an accident on the motorway causing traffic chaos but fortunately we arrived in plenty of time.  The first rule of being a publicist is to leave enough time to ge to your event!  Charlotte was highly organised - as was Stephie and Lisa the week before.

St Bernadette's is a brand new school, opened abut 6 months ago.  Architecturally it's a stand out with fabulous design inside and out.  With the whole school under one roof it's definitely built for the cold weather.  The children and teachers were lovely - highly enthusiastic and great fun.  I talked to a smaller group of students in the spare classroom which is currently a music room - but for how much longer is anyone's guess as the school is growing at a rapid rate.

We worked with the fabulous Linzi from Scotia Books, who was a star bookseller and also treated us to a delicious lunch at the shop.  Pies, gravy and chips - perfect in the chilly Scottish weather.  Linzi had us all laughing - she's such a great girl.  Can't wait to work with them again when we come back for the Clementine Rose tour in November.

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