Catch Up

Illustrator Korky Paul celebrating 25 years of Winnie the Witch

Our conference came and now seems like ages ago!  Well,  it was over a week ago now!  There are comments, blogs and a wonderful storify all available on the website – and these will be added to, so do go have a look at what we discussed and learned. Lighting the Future proved to be a successful, lively, buzzy weekend.

My only regret about the weekend was that I came down with an awful cold and so really didn’t have the energy and clear head to get the most out of the whole thing, or to be able to catch up with as many friends as I would have liked to.  The cough is still hanging around so I am never without a bottle of water to hand!

Simon Mayo listening to Aidan Chambers in the panel discussion at Lighting the Future

Since then it’s been just as busy – and next week is catch up time on all the things I put off until after the conference – oh dear!  Had a fascinating meeting with publishing colleagues about taking a new campaign about information books for children to the public – wonder what will happen with that, but it will tie in with our Information Book Award and national non fiction day .

Also it was this years Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals celebration – at the Barbican which proved to be a super venue.  The winner of both medals, for the first time ever, was the same book!  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay was a worthy winner, with cheers all round and some super speeches and follow up pieces in the press about both men.  Daily Telegraph piece here .

Will is currently deep in rehearsal for the play at the Royal & Derngate (Northampton) at the end of the month, but we took an evening off to see The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the Radio Show – it was fabulous!  Full website here. Such a joy to see all the exuberance from Douglas Adams back on stage.  This was made even more special by us having coffee with Simon Jones, Dirk Mags and Geoff McGiven in the morning and reminiscing about  all those years ago in Footlights at Cambridge!  Then drinks afterwards in the Mail Coach with the cast and crew rounded off a wonderful evening!  It’s a tough old life when you have a touring show on the road – and the tour buses looked good but not sure it would suit me!

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