On Sunday I drove up to Derby (well, Matlock really) to do a couple of talks at the Big Book Bash. This is an annual event put on by Derby County Council to promote reading and love of books to children in care. Why more local authorities don’t have events like this is utterly beyond me.

All of the children there were clearly having a great time, and could freely move around between events by a number of different authors on a number of different subjects. Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon was there this year (although I didn’t get to see her), and I was delighted to meet Liz Pichon whose recent book: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has become a favourite of my son.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to sit and talk with the other authors much (I had a hellish car journey there), and missed out on talking to a firm BBB fave, Phil Earle. Phil’s book:  Being Billy (about a boy living in care) was being devoured by loads of children at the festival, and I’ve just bought a copy from my local bookshop.

 

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