Hera, Children’s Poetry and Indian Food
I’ve been a bit busy recently which is why I’ve not posted in a few days.
My jacket came on Saturday (thank you Parcelforce), which was a good start to the weekend. I spent a lot of Sunday writing. Yesterday I went over to Sutton, to the Leather’s Smithy, to sign a few books, came home and wrote, then spent the evening here in one of our favourite restaurants, who was celebrating its 12th birthday, eating the best Indian food in the west. Sadly (ahem) they weren’t playing the music they’ve got on their homepage. The food was great (as always) so I forgave them. And today I wrote before heading off to my Writing Group – which was really good fun too. They are a really talented bunch.
Stumbled upon this review of my book on Amazon.
“This is a good book for juniors. It’s written in plain, honest prose and there’s a clear framework to all the chapters.
My son, 8, liked the fact that he knew some of the historical detail covered in the stories, but not all of it, so it reinforced what he’d learned whilst teaching him a bit more. He was quite disappointed when we came to the end because he’d enjoyed the adventures so much and he wanted them to go on and on!”
The reviewer, Emmsy, gave it four out of five stars.
Thanks Emmsy, for the great review and for taking the time to post it.
I’d also like to draw your attention to this person and her website. It belongs to one of my favourite singers (and someone my girlie loves), and a massively talented songwriter, Hera. Check it out, buy her records. They and she are great. If I get time enough I may even post a review on here of one of her albums – but for now – have a look and a listen.
You can also hear some of her work at her myspace page . Well worth checking out.
I’ve had quite a bit of contact with my editor on the Bedtime Poem For Every Day of the Year poetry anthology to which I’ve contributed, and it’s looking like it will be available in time for Christmas with plenty of time to spare. Which is a relief. Very much looking forward to seeing that!
Right. Must finish up some notes and then I’m finished for the day.
A Reading – and about time too!
Well, I finally managed it. Yes I did. I figured out how to upload a video of me reading from my book all on my own. Well, maybe I had a little help from a certain someone. It’s comforting to know that there are people willing to help you, even when you just want to feel safe…
Either way, it’s here. Have a look. Have a listen. Hope you enjoy!
The Roaming Roman Book Tour is drawing to a close. For the time being at least. I hope to do more after Christmas, but we’ll have to see what occurs.
I was at Mossley Primary School on Tuesday where I talked to, and worked with, four classes. And again I have to say how impressed I was. Fab school with a friendly atmosphere.
Last week I sent a couple of copies of my book to a couple of my old teachers – the ones who got me interested in literature and history in the first place and who I looked up to and respected (and, of course, still do). There were other good ones (see below somewhere) but I wouldn’t know where to find them. Anyway, back to the point. I received a letter from one of them this morning which was really lovely. And in it, was this: ‘It was a pleasure to teach you and is most pleasing you have continued your interests in literature beyond school.’ Thank you very much. I would agree whole-heartedly with the second phrase; the first, well, if he says so!
Running a workshop tomorrow. Then Wilmslow Library on Saturday. Then a signing on Monday. Then I get to write. And maybe a lie-in.
Still at it
And it’s still fun. And that, by my reckoning, is really, really important. I am, of course, referring to the Roaming Roman Book Tour I’m in the middle of, in support of the release of my debut novel, ‘I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You Do?’.
Today, as part of the tour, I visited Bollington Cross Primary School (where I used to go!) and spent some time with Miss Hughes’ class. And, as had been the case when I’ve worked with Bollington Cross before, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As with all of the schools I’ve visited on this tour I’ve been really impressed with everyone involved.
The downside to having all this fun in libraries and in schools is that writing time gets slashed. When I’m not actually on the road I’m preparing for the next visit, so writing kind of gets relegated. So as much as I’ll be sad when this is over, I’ll be happy in a way that I can give writing my attention. And that, I hope, will lead to another book and another tour. Fingers crossed!
Good Day and Will
I had a really good day yesterday as I took the Roaming Roman Tour to Rainow School. I enjoyed my visit very much, a very nice bunch! It was also nice to see because that’s where my girlie went. A very nice school indeed.
For any writers or creative types out there who haven’t got round to doing a Will, Neil Gaiman posted this on his journal, and I think it is well worth a look. And as an aside, I found his post about The Sun (mis)quoting from Good Omens very funny indeed.
Time’s short now (as ever). There’s work to be done. More later.