After the event

Freddie’s first literature festival appearance was a great success… yesterday’s event was a sellout and the talk on Loss and Hope in Children’s books went to time and to plan…. as always, what really made the event a success though was the people in the room – their engagement with the subject and their helpful comments and questions. It was a great privilege to be joined by Headmistresses, teachers and parents – as well as those interested in children’s literature – as we unpacked the therapeutic and educational power of narrative with Freddie’s help.

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Thanks to The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley for their continued support… it was great to have the book sales all taken care of.

Less than three weeks – book to avoid missing out

It’s less than three weeks to go until Liz’s event at The Ilkley Literature Festival. She will be reading extracts from The Finding of Freddie Perkins, discussing the educational and therapeutic benefits of children’s fiction with reference to some of her favourite classics and taking questions. Come to All Saints Primary School at 2:30pm for this hour long event on Sunday 5 October… and book in advance to avoid missing out on ‘Loss and Hope in Children’s Books’.

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Thanks to The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley, copies of The Finding of Freddie Perkins will be available to buy at this event.

The St Albans chapter and more

The St Albans and Harpenden Review published an article about Freddie’s St Albans connection yesterday. In it, I’m quoted paying tribute to one of my A level English teachers in my hometown – Mrs Asher… I meant every word. What an amazing gift it is to receive encouragement and support from truly excellent teachers and mentors…

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It was a good day to be looking back to this, because in the evening I judged the stories submitted by 8 and 9 year olds closer to my current hometown to The Grove Bookshop’s story writing competition. I hope my words of encouragement to the winners and runners up will fuel them to keep writing too.

This morning I joked to a friend that a writer’s life is more grammar than glamour! But for me there is a huge privilege and fulfilment involved in everything I create – whether fiction or not. The joy comes in the inspiration – a connection with the beauty of an idea that then goes on to connect other people to the things that matter most.

Finding Freddie in Ilkley

Freddie did indeed come to my house early, but that didn’t stop me going into Ilkley town centre to find him today – on his official launch day. Thank you to The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley for welcoming me so warmly, and for all their support for The Finding of Freddie Perkins. I left behind a few signed copies for the next few people who go looking for Freddie…

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