Laura Dockrill, author of Loreli (AMAZING read - go get it!) and the Darcy Burdock series. We're going to be talking about how realism and myth meet in young fiction. Emily Drabble, fastest children's journalist in the West, will be chairing our event. If you happen to be in London, do come and watch - we're on at 1 pm, 16 February, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall - you can book tickets here.
Laura's famous for her blue lipstick, so in an attempt to keep up here I am with ... er ... green lips.
I'm also participating in Dahl in a Day, basically it's a Matildathon - with authors and various others reading Matilda in a day on Thursday, 18 Feb from 10.30 am. It's FREE! The cast of Matilda the Musical is performing soon after 10.30 ... and if you're still around about 1.30, I'll be reading Chapter 19!
In fact, Laura and I were in the Guardian talking about the intersection between realism and enchantment in young fiction. Go read!
SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIESToday authors, educators and librarians marched on parliament to demand an end to the apathy and ignorance in local and central government that has led to the closure of many libraries.
Writers & illustrators supporting libraries at #SUFLlobby16!! @JohnDougherty8 @PhilipArdagh @mygibbo #JakeAinott pic.twitter.com/Rdl4QZPke1— Sarah McIntyre (@jabberworks) February 9, 2016
High-profile writers including @cathycassidyxx, Jake Arnott and @PhilipArdagh joined this morning's #SUFLlobby16: https://t.co/nFMXD1sVRb— The Bookseller (@thebookseller) February 9, 2016
Inspiring day thanks to #SUFLlobby16 & everyone who came to speak up for libraries. @SpeakUp4Libs #MyLibraryByRight pic.twitter.com/TrLGONwkgE— Dawn Finch (@dawnafinch) February 9, 2016
Now you can print this year's library poster! Link to the free downloads: https://t.co/U0djqejadY #SUFLlobby16 pic.twitter.com/6mCOYUxgTC— Sarah McIntyre (@jabberworks) February 9, 2016
I am an author today because a librarian helped me discover my lifelong love of books. Please, everyone, do what it says in the campaign: SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIES.