Last week I went up to Rhyl, on the North Wales coast, to take part in the The Biggest Book Show on Earth
There were five of us authors taking the stage for a quarter of an hour each, on the theme of Why I Can’t Live Without Books. Jonny Duddle, Jon Mayhew,, Heather Dyer were all on stage before me, rounded up and introduced by Steven Butler as the Ringmaster. In his fabulous top hat and bright red coat, I was worried he was going to start cracking the whip and make us do tricks!
One thousand children! That’s a big and quite scary audience. Luckily the lights were so bright that I couldn’t really see, otherwise I might have got a little nervous.
I’d figured the others would talk about all sorts of different books that they couldn’t live without, so I chose a different kind of book that I couldn’t live without – sketchbooks.
I brought along some sketchbooks to show how ideas progress and how I often work while I’m watching the TV in the evenings. The Welsh Books Council, who were supporting the show with World Book Day, had bought a visualiser especially, as they would be needing one this week too and it was cheaper than hiring one twice. It was brand new. It worked perfectly before the show…
I came on stage, switched the switch, the screen lit up, but would it focus?
Never work with kids or technology! I learned that back in that 90’s and have only ever used a flip chart since. If it can go wrong it will!
Anyway, it gave me more time to read a little from Dragon Gold, which turned out fine because the bookshop ran out out of copies!
Thanks to Angharad, Medi, Kirsten and everyone who worked so hard to make the day a great success
If you’d like a signed copy of Dragon Gold, you can get one here – with a free poster too!