Saturday, 9 May 2015

Book Jam Smiles

If books make you smile St Ives was the place to be today!

I was lucky enough to take part in the first St Ives Book Jam in 2012 - a fantastic all-day free book event for children, supported by local schools, libraries, booksellers and businesses -  and so I was thrilled to be invited back again this year.
Beatrice and Erin - there were lots of lovely smiles like these at St Ives Book Jam
It was great to see how the event has gone from strength to strength - the Corn Exchange was buzzing with book-related excitement (literarally - the mascot is a giant bumblebee - of the furry dressing-up kind, not a real one, I should add!) There were all kinds of author and illustrator workshops going on . . . some of the children were there all day and had been busy collecting autographs on the special cards that had been handed out.

 It was a treat to talk to children about Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tombs. Today's workshop focussed on settings, and there were some brilliant great ideas for places for stories, including a rainforest full of wildlife and a crashed rocket on a distant planet. Thank you to everyone who came along. I really enjoyed meeting you and chatting with you about reading, writing and what my next books might be about.

And don't forget, if you were at the workshop and would like to send in your idea for an island and a scene set there (maximum 500 words) I'd love to see them. A signed book is waiting for the writer of my favourite exciting setting!

Thank you to everyone involved in Book Jam for making it such a great event.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

A weekend of talks

I don't know about you, but I love going to author talks.

Last weekend was the Cambridge Literary Festival -  a great chance to take a little break from writing (the third book of the Secrets of the Tombs book is keeping me pinned to my desk) and to be inspired by some fabulous authors.

On Friday evening I went along with a friend to see Mary Portas, who was very funny and talked movingly about her childhood. Saturday morning it was a real treat to see the wonderful Judith Kerr - author and illustrator of classics such as The Tiger who Came to Tea, Mog and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Next came a lovely lunch with fellow writers and illustrators - all members of SCBWI.  What could be better than catching up with all our news over delicious food at a sunny window table?

Friday, 10 April 2015

More winners . . .

The first three people to send in the correct password to enter the Special Investigations Team area on the new look Adventure Island website were Jed, Hannah and Max. Well done to all of you. A signed book of your choice will be winging its way to you shortly.

If you were too late to enter the competition, why not have a look at the Adventure Island website anyway. You could send me a comment on Jack, Emily, Scott or Drift's blogs or something for the reader page. At the moment there's a survey running to pick Mrs Loveday's silliest saying!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

And the winner is . . .

At last I can reveal the winner of the exciting The Phoenix Code World Book Day art competition. The challenge was to draw a picture in ancient Egytpian style, inspired by The Phoenix Code - the first of Cleo and Ryan's adventures in the Secrets of the Tombs series.

We received lots of fantastic entries. I was so impressed by the creativity and hard work that went into each picture. They were all so good that I wanted to give everyone a prize.

But in the end there was one picture that stood out; it had everything - an original, attractive overall design, an ancient Egyptian style with a modern twist, exceptional attention to detail, clever use of scenes and themes from the book, and even the inclusion of names and messages written in hieroglyphs.

So . . . the winner is  . . .   drum roll please . . . .
Serge Wynne