Pop-Up and Fangirling

A lot of schools are winding down for the end of term this week (yay!). Is yours? Perhaps today is your last day or you are finished already (yay again!). Exams are over, teachers are exhausted, pupils would rather plan holiday fun than calculate the area of a circle (Well, obviously, duh!!). Lessons are pointless. Did you have an ‘activity week’ with author visits and workshops and fun events? Perhaps you were lucky enough to get a visit fromΒ  a GHB author (we are awesome at workshops and talks, tell your librarian). πŸ˜‰


I won’t be doing much of this

Well, there’s no such thing as a summer holiday for an author. If you’re and author you’re an author seven days a week and 365 days a year. In fact the summer can be the busiest time of the year with book and music festival events almost every day through June, July and August. And that’s as well as having books to write, homes to run and often children to entertain (though not the last one in my case, phew!).

My summer schedule started last week with two full-on days of workshops for Pop Up Festivals. The first was at Tudor Court Primary School in Essex, probably the largest primary I’ve EVER visited. It was VAST and so was their welcome! The second was with pupils from Elizabeth Garret Anderson School at the British Postal Museum and Archive in central London.

In between I went to London Film and Comic Con 2014 at Earls Court where everybody was dressed like this…


…so I drew this…20140715-140843-50923518.jpg

…and joined a host of other authors (and many of your own GHBers) at the first ever Young Adult Literature Conference, organised by Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, and it was AWESOME! I’m afraid I became a bit fangirly, spotting all my fave authors and illustrators, which is appropriate because, amongst others, the author of FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell, was over from America and attended the YALC! Woohoo!

20140715-140844-50924095.jpgHere’s the panel discussion about Sherlock and James Bond and Dr Who timey-wimey stuff with Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Charlie Higson, Steve Cole, Marcus Sedgewick and Andy Lane.

So, as you can see, we got to rub shoulders with authors, readers, blogger, fans and just generally go wild about YA fiction all weekend. Oh, and wear costumes.

20140715-140846-50926366.jpgThis girl looks so cool, doesn’t she?

So, now I’m at my desk and looking at the rest of my summer schedule. All I have to do is…

Write three books, finish a fourth, illustrate a fifth and sixth, send a proposal for a ‘how to draw’ book (seven), work on some ‘visual’ ideas for my collaborative project with Jo Cotterill, sell my house, get planning permission for my studio, prepare worksheets for September, prepare talks for October and read my ‘to be read’ pile (currently as tall as Mt Everest).

I’m looking forward to the last one most of all. Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL is on my pile and so is PEA’S BOOK OF HOLIDAYS by Susie Day and LOOKING AT THE STARS by Jo Cotterill.

What does your schedule look like? Will you be doing lots of reading?

P.S. If you’d like to read a book about the summer holidays, which starts on the last day of term and is full of surfing, movie stars, summer storms and a heart-breaking WW1 mystery then (here comes the big shameless plug!) you might put my book, EVERYTHING IS FINE (AND OTHER LIES I TELL MYSELF), on your reading pile.


6 thoughts on “Pop-Up and Fangirling

    • Thanks Laura. I love the idea of a Post Box Time Machine, not big enough to transport a person but capable of sending a letter back into the past (or the future). The pupils at my Post Office workshop quite liked the idea too.
      C x

  1. Your drawing looks amazing! And seeing all those authors and illustrators is AWESOME!! Very jealous. My schedule is not much, except staying at hone reading – would much rather have yours! πŸ˜€
    P.s. i’m LOVING the look of those red shoes that girl is wearing! Xx

  2. You’re so right about authors being authors 365 days a year. And I’m a reader 365 days a year too, would be lost without a book to read…aargh – clash of interests! Need 48-hour days ideally.

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