I started the week in the Inverclyde area, leading book-making workshops for children aged 5-12 in Port Glasgow, Gourock and Greenock libraries. We had loads of fun and the kids made some really clever and cute books to take home. There’s something very satisfying about creating little books using all kinds of colourful papers, stickers and ribbons – and these books always inspire children to put their stories inside. Thanks to Inverclyde Libraries for hosting me and to all the librarians for their help and support.
While I was in Greenock, I met up with friend and fellow author, Cathy McPhail. She is a very accomplished and popular writer with a great sense of humour. I was really excited to hear that Another Me, a new feature film based on her excellent book of the same title, will be released in the USA on 22 August. Cathy posted the official trailer and it looks amazing. Click here to see it!
After a couple of days of workshops, I headed to Edinburgh, took in the brilliant atmosphere at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It’s always fantastic! (And I love seeing my books on the Children’s Bookshop shelves.) This year was a bit special because Barrington Stoke are based in Edinburgh and I popped by their offices to meet all the staff and enjoy some delicious cakes and coffee. They recorded a video of me speaking about Jet Black Heart and reading from the first chapter. It’s included in my guest post about the story’s inspirations and they did a great job. I am really pleased with it! Click here to take a look!