March was crazy busy with World Book Day (!) work, and the snow really didn’t help… I had to reschedule two schools and four adult shows. So it was funny to find myself heading to Kyiv, with its deep snow and -10 degree temperature! But I had a truly wonderful time. First at the Kyiv International School, where I worked over three days with all ages, from 3 – 16. And then I had an adult event for Mystetskyi Arsenal, talking to children’s authors about the interface between live storytelling and novel writing.
This event was also the Ukrainian launch for my picture book BREATHE. It was great to meet the whole team, especially illustrator Olga Kuznetsova (pictured on the far right here)
When you can’t control your emotions and your birthday is coming, you need great friends…
Introducing my gorgeous new picture book BREATHE! I met the publisher, Liliya Pochkun, at the Arsenal Book Fair in Kyiv last year, and we immediately knew we wanted to make a book together. It was illustrated, designed and printed in Ukraine, by Liliya’s Wise Bee books.
I hope this is the first of many collaborations with my new Ukrainian friends 🙂
I still get a thrill when I hold a new book in my hands. The Hairy Marys is a quirky, uplifting school drama about a twelve year old girl called Emmy. She has just moved up to St Mary’s High School and dreams of being in the end of term play.
There’s just one problem. Nearly all the parts in the play are male, and the teacher in charge, Mr Derren, will only give male parts to boys.
Inspired by the Suffragettes, Emmy and her friends begin a protest that turns them famous overnight. But being a celebrity… is it a dream or a nightmare? Emmy is about to find out!
The cover illustration is by Mariya-Racquel Amato, a fabulously talented young illustrator from the US. I met her at the Arsenal Book Fair in Kyiv. www.facebook.com/mariyaracquelart
From dancing shoes and dating disasters to libraries and lingerie, Truth & Truffles celebrates life as a Grown Up. Finding humour in the way we live now and savouring the special moments (especially the chocolate)
It’s going to be a fast-moving show. Lots of short stories – and I will be singing country again. I am super-excited about that!!