Eloise Undercover - Bristol Launch Party

Last Thursday we had a launch party for Eloise Undercover at Stanfords, Bristol.

There was bunting!

My Mum made these rather yummy brownies...

...and I helped with these extra triple chocolate ones. Can you tell?!

It was so lovely to see Eloise Undercover as one of the Staff Recommendations!

Here's the obligatory happy author with book photo:

Oh and before the night was over I signed a few copies of Eloise Undercover and Through the Mirror Door. Catch them before they go!

Big thanks to Jacqui and Thomas of Stanfords, Bristol and to everyone who came by to celebrate and say hello.

Eloise Undercover - Signed Copies!

Last week I popped into the Catnip offices to sign some copies of Eloise Undercover.

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Valentina had prepared a 'signing' breakfast, which was a lovely surprise.

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Here I am signing away... (and thinking ten more copies and that chocolate croissant is mine!)

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Eloise Undercover - Launch Party

On Thursday, 7th September, Eloise Undercover was officially launched!

It was incredible seeing both books on the bookshelf. Have I really written two books?!

There was a poster...

...and a delicious book cake made by my wonderful agent, Bryony.

Talking of cake, here's proof that I've finally learned to cut a cake with an audience...

...and here I am signing books (I can definitely do that.)

Thanks to the wonderful Nikki, Ed and Roy of Clapham Books, everyone at Catnip & Bounce (especially Robert, George & Valentina), my family and friends, and all who made it such a lovely evening. Here's to the next one! (I'll just get on with writing it...)

Foyles Storybox - Cabot Circus, Bristol

Last Saturday I was at Foyles, Cabot Circus, to host a creative writing & drawing workshop.

I had my own table and everything!

After a short reading, which ended on a cliffhanger, we drew whatever it was we'd like to see 'through the mirror door.' There were some fantastic ideas, which we then developed into characters, complete with likes/dislikes, best-friends and super powers! This is Pants Bogey, an Ogre, by Amelie, aged 5:

and this is Mr. Panda (who lives in a mansion) by Sophie, aged 8:

A big thank you to Charlotte, Ulla and their team for making me feel so welcome. Oh and before I left, I signed some copies of Through the Mirror Door. Catch them before they go!

Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School Visit

A few weeks ago I visited Oldbury-on-Severn Primary School. To get there you have to walk up this really beautiful (and rather steep!) hill...

The school sits right at the top. It's such a beautiful building.

Once inside, I was delighted to meet the pupils who had a lot of questions for me.

I then read a little bit of #mirrordoor before we workshopped new ideas, designed our own book covers and talked about how pictures inspire stories.

After a fun Q&A I signed some books and was then presented with a lovely bunch of flowers. Look at this happy author face!

A big thank you to Debbie Dix, Headteacher and all the pupils of Oldbury-on-Severn CEVC Primary School. See you again soon!

St Stephen's School at Tate Library South

A little while ago I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful staff and pupils of St Stephen's School, Year 6. (A big thanks to Maria Kwofie at Tate South Library for organising it.) We chatted about #mirrordoor, I read a chapter from the book and then we got arty. Here are a few of the things Year 6 would like to see behind their own #mirrordoor:

During the Q&A the pupils asked me about writing stories. They're writing a chapter story in their class this term. Good luck Year 6! Oh and here are a few of the lovely things they had to say about my workshop:

Papplewick School Visit

Last Thursday, 10th November, I was lucky enough to be invited to Papplewick School, so I dusted off my special signing pens...

...and caught the 16:05 to Ascot.

My lovely friend Andrew met me at the station and drove me to the school. Oh and he'd also baked me a cupcake because this was my very first school visit! (The cupcake was utterly delicious by the way; Prosecco-flavoured and topped with popping candy).

On arrival at Papplewick we were met by the wonderful Marlene Dennis, Librarian extraordinaire, and Carol from Waterstones, Windsor, who was brilliant. After high tea and a chocolate fondant to die for (no pics because it didn't last long on my plate), I was brought to the brand new hall and introduced to the pupils. Here I am pretending I'm not nervous:

I talked about how I got started writing and my inspiration for Through the Mirror Door, alongside a few tales of getting into trouble for reading under my desk at school (and during maths classes!) then I read a chapter from the book. (Yes, those are my glitter Halloween cat shoes.)

After that we had a Q&A and then a book signing where I was lucky enough to meet some of Papplewick's lovely pupils, all keen readers who had plenty more questions for me!

Then it was time for the younger boys to come and say hello... in their pyjamas! Here we are making our best funny/scary faces for the camera:

I had a super time at Papplewick and can't wait to see everyone again next year. A very big thank you to Marlene Dennis, Carol, Joff Powis, Steve Elkington (for the excellent photographs) and all the pupils at Papplewick School. See you soon!

A Halloween Monster Hunt & Mirror Door Reading

This year I spent Halloween at the John Harvard Library in Southwark. They had plenty of spooky things planned, like a super Monster Hunt, plus me reading from my book, Through the Mirror Door.

I prepared by putting on my best sequinned Halloween Cat Monster Hunter shoes....

Then I got made an honorary Librarian for the evening! (Can you see how happy this made me?)

Once the Monster Hunt was over and the prizes handed out, I started my reading...

Check out the fantastically spooky backdrop!

A big thanks to Luke, Jorina and Emma from John Harvard, and all the lovely Monster Hunters who came along too.

Happy Halloween!

Visiting Bath and Bristol Bookshops...

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting some lovely bookshops in Bristol and Bath. First stop was Mr. B's in Bath. Tucked down quiet John Street, it's a veritable treasure trove with floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with books, books and more books. There are hot drinks on offer and a comfy chair or two to relax in, plus the staff are brilliant.

I was particularly thrilled to see #mirrordoor on 'Mr. B's perennial favourites and new books to be excited about' table, which is now my new favourite table of all time. Planning a visit? Find out more here. Oh and they have a few signed copies of my book too!

Next on my tour was Waterstone's Bath. They have lovely staff too plus an absolutely wonderful Children's Department. Just look at this:

Did you know it's the largest bookshop in the city? You do now... Oh and they're planning all sorts of fun events so check in with them here to find out more.

Last stop was the brilliant Stanfords in Bristol. I was thrilled to see #mirrordoor cosying up to a Moomin in the window and there was a lovely book display in the children's department too. The staff are fantastic here and give perfect recommendations, plus they have a few signed copies of #mirrordoor left! Find out more about Stanfords here.

I'll be back in the West Country next month visiting more bookshops and libraries. For more news, watch this space!