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!