It was great to be able to be part of a Book Festival while we’re here in the UK. The Queen’s Park Book Festival is in its second year. Last year they had one day and this year they’ve extended it over the whole weekend. It kicked off at midday with the lovely Lou Kuenzler (a well-known local children’s author) and me, sharing the Book Bugs tent to talk about her Shrinking Violet series which is about to launch in July, and Alice-Miranda.
I was so thrilled to realize at the end of the session that two of the participants, a father and daughter were actually Anna and her dad, Philip. Anna’s grandmother ( a great friend of my mother in law in Australa) has been sending Anna the books since they were released at home in 2010. Anna has often written to me about how much she loves Alice-Miranda – and I love that she’s actually just turned 15, is incredibly talented and clever and obviously has great taste in books too J
Last night I slept for 11 hours – clearly the tour has caught up with me a little bit but today was great and I loved meeting yet more of the locals and being part of the community activities. Queen’s Park is gorgeous – all English parks seem to be and very well used too. Tomorrow we’re catching up with one of our New York friends and then the big week around the countryside begins.