March 3rd is World Book Day and I’ll be visiting schools in Bristol. In the morning I’m at St Barnabus Primary School to open their new library and then do some creative writing workshops and in the afternoon, I’ll be at Millpond Primary School, talking to pupils about Close to the Wind and refugees.
On March 10th, I’m at the Cologne Literary Festival, talking about Close to the Wind or Jensits Des Meeres, as it is known in Germany. This will be my first time working with an interpreter, which is a bit daunting but I’m told the theatre has comfy chairs and free Haribo, so that’ll help if it all gets too stressful.
On March 14th, I’ll be at the Warwickshire Library Service Book Awards ceremony, as Close to the Wind has been nominated for 2016. We’ll be meeting some of the pupils who’ve been reading the books and writing reviews and of course , we get to find out who wins.
On April 7th, I’m appearing at the Oxford Literary Festival, alongside my publisher David Fickling, and Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal. We’ll be talking about Great
Children’s Books and How to Spot Them.
And finally, during the last week of April, I’ll be travelling to Sharjah (which is part of the Arab Emirates), to appear at their Children’s Reading Festival. I’ll be going into schools and universities to talk about books and writing. This is a part of the world I’ve never been to, so i’m really excited to get an opportunity to see the country and speak to the people.