Chiswick Book Festival 2021

Huge thanks to Torin Douglas, Jo James, Lucy Chambers, James Barber, Waterstones and all who made the most excellent Chiswick Book Festival happen this year. I had the best time appearing as a speaker at the Local Authors’ Party, leading a workshop with Cally & Jimmy at the Chiswick Playhouse and meeting and being inspired by fellow children’s authors and poets Rob Biddulph, Joshua Seigal and Neal Zetter. It was great to share the events with friends Pippa Hirst, Nick Hennegan and super-tops nephew Dominic too. Thanks so much for having me. It was brilliant. Here’s a bit of what we got up to in pictures…

We kicked off at the Local Authors’ Party at the George IV

Pubs, people and pages – what’s not to like? 

I had two minutes to introduce Cally & Jimmy to packed crowd

It was terrifyingly fun

Cheers to James Barber and all at Chiswick Waterstones for all their support
Interviewed by writer, broadcaster, director and all-round top bloke, Nick Hennegan
for Bohemian Britain and Resonance FM
My fab pal Pippa Hirst is always so brilliant to share these events together with

We had a great Cally & Jimmy creative writing workshop at the Chiswick Playhouse

Thank you to Ravenscourt Park librarian Jenny Griffiths for helping me to set up and for introducing the event. Thank you also to librarian and Children’s Festival Coordinator Lucy Chambers for managing everything too.
Seeing children enjoying the books and chatting to them about their reading interests is what it’s all about

I loved meeting fellow children’s authors including Rob Biddulph and poets Joshua Seigal and Neal Zetter.

It was great to attend their lively, interactive and fun events at the festival with my nephew Dominic.

We joined in with one of Rob Biddulph’s infamous draw-alongs – here are mine and Dominic’s masterpieces
Rob introduced us to his latest book Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City
Poet Joshua Seigal was very entertaining
… so was his poet pal Neal Zetter

One of my pupils Aarush Choudhury was awarded a prize at the Children’s Poetry Competition – a proud teacher moment for me – all credit to him though

Clare Balding hosted the event and presented the children with their prizes
Aarush’s award-winning poem all about chances – what a mature concept so thoughtfully explored by an eleven-year-old

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