…semi-retirement. It means that on lovely sunny days like today I can sit in my garden listening to the birdsong whilst doing my emails. I also have had lots of time for reading – check out my Goodreads updates on this blog!
That doesn’t mean to indicate I haven’t done any work – I have and am – but choosing one’s own timetable and working late into the evening, if I want to, are lovely freedoms to have. Don’t get jealous – I have worked and saved all my life to get to this stage – it is possible and it is achievable!
Meanwhile, I have enjoyed several book launches and events with different publishers – Otter-Barry Books, Hachette, for the Carmelite PictureBook Prize, and enjoyed a really full day seeing many publishing people at the London Book Fair. This was followed really quickly by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups very enjoyable conference at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire. These are always full to bursting with author and illustrator talks – all with opportunities to ask questions and get lots of books signed! What a luxury! This year was extra special as the FCBG is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. I am honoured to have been asked to join the FCBG National Executive – so I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with this very energetic reading organisation. Watch out for the Golden National Share-a-Story month activities during May.
This past weekend I have been at the Raunds Music Festival – dedicated to roots music in East Northants. The programme, as always, was varied with highlights for me being Mawkin, Carter Dolby, Granny’s Attic, Steve Turner, and Greg Russell. The festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers but has a good extended community support – which is great to see in these often less than community minded times.
My pile of books to review for School Librarian has just arrived – so I think it may be time to do some more reading…