Had a great time today visiting the bookshops of Dulwich with #UKMGCHAT #BOOKSPEDITION. There were seven or eight of us in total, a mixture of writers and bloggers, and we got to chat to the book buyers at each shop about the profile of their Children’s section, what sells well, what events they do, and their relationships with authors and publicists. It was a great fun day all round, very interesting and I learnt a lot about independent bookshops! Here are some photos of the various bookshops – Dulwich Books, Tales on Monoplane, and Village Books – and their children’s sections.

#YASHOT 2015

I had a fantastic time at #YASHOT in Uxbridge over the weekend. Here are some of the brilliant sessions I attended and a few pictures of the events, which took place in Uxbridge Waterstones and the Town hall. I also managed to spot The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean by Lara Williamson in Waterstones Uxbridge… Thanks to Alexia Casale for organising such an amazing event

Surviving Secondary School: The joys of High School and other myths – Chaired by Eve Ainsworth with RJ MorganAlice Oseman and David Owen

Daring Do!: High stakes versus safety nets in MG adventures – Chaired by Sally Nicholls with Emma Trevayne and Kiera O’Brien

Weird and Wonderful: The familiar and the fantastical in MG fiction – Chaired by Abi Elphinstone with Nigel McDowellJason Rohan and Tatum Flynn

Into the Past: Exploring history in MG fiction – Chaired by Emma Carrollwith Katherine Woodfine and Anne Booth

Treasured Land: Nature as a character and concern in YA – Chaired by Piers Torday with Lisa Heathfield and Anna McKerrow

Subverting Stereotypes: Transforming myths, legends and pop culture – Chaired by Lu Hersey with Liz de Jager and Stefan Mohamed

UK MG Extravaganza

On the 17th of October I went to the UKMGX  – the UK Middle Grade Extravaganza – at Nottingham Central Library. Middle Grade is a American industry term for Children’s books. There were over 30 authors appearing to talk about their books, and cake and chat in-between sessions. It was a great fun day and I took lots of photos of the various authors, who had around three minutes each to pitch their books!! Unfortunately didn’t manage to catch everyone on camera as the iPhone was a bit temperamental and then ran out of batteries. Thanks to   for organising such an amazing event. Here are pictures of a few of the authors who spoke…