MY big news is Book 6 is written Tom Gates EXTRA special TREATS (not) and I'm doing the drawings NOW. AND there's going to be a Tom Gates ANNUAL.
I'm totally RUBBISH at keeping up the blog when I'm writing.
So here's a round up of what I've been up to over the last few months and some other stuff too.(It's a lot.)
Tom Gates Best Book day EVER - World Book Day got to NUMBER ONE in the WHOLE book charts for two weeks which was pretty special. I went on a mini book tour after and met a LOT of Tom Gates fans that were all really enthusiastic.
|And the WINNER is...|
|Stockton Book Award |
|Other award nominees - Sarwat Chadda|
(you can see his arm!)Penny Dolan,Lissa
Evans and AF Harrold (with beard).
|Went STRAIGHT to Bologna Book Fair|
with Mark to meet up with
|Scholastic had arranged a special dinner |
for some of the Tom Gates publishers
from around the world.
|French publisher with the Japanese.|
|Japanese Tom Gates and the presents they|
gave me too. A lucky cat and lovely scarf.
|Bookseller used Zak's picture of me.|
|YES OK - we looked in the bookshop in Florence.|
|We took the fast train (200MPH) |
to Florence on the last day.
It was STUNNING.
|Back home practicing banana |
doodles that feature in
|A keen fan sent me pictures of the T-shirt he wore|
on World Book Day. It's brilliant.
|Along with all the Tom Gates stuff |
I'm still working on a painted picture book - written
by Rachel Mortimer and one in a series called
Jack and The Jelly Bean Giant.
It's really weird painting again and took
me a while to get back into it. All those JELLY BEANS!
|Had the PRIVILEGE of being Author Of The Day|
at The London Book Fair this year.
I've never been before and it was ENORMOUS.
|Giving the interviewer the EVILS.|
|Being interviewed by Martin Chiltern from the|
Telegraph was fun. He brought a banana for me
to doodle on (it's sounds wrong I know).
|Everyone looks enthralled.|
|The real banana doodle.|
|AND TOM GATES CAKES!|
|Booktrust had drinks at the end of the book fair. |
That's Sarah McIntyre in green and the lady in
pink is the fabulous Babette Cole who
wrote one of my FAVOURITE
books ever - Dr Dog.
|I'm missing a HAT.|
|Publication celebration at the Book Nook in hove.|
|I met with Gary at Waterstones who's in charge|
of EVENTS and he showed me the card
I did a while back, which I hadn't seen.
|Southampton and signing the tablecloth|
next to Jacqueline Wilson.
|Up to the Norfolk Children's Book Centre.Their walls are COVERED |
with authors drawings and signatures.
Including mine now...
|One boy at an evening event I did showed me his|
book that he'd been drawing in.
WOW there were PAGES and PAGES of these wonderful
|Simon and Marylyn run the |
Nofolk Children's Book centre and that's
Simons sister and Corrine from Scholastic.
|More events on tour.|
|I did a lot of pointing.|
|I popped into to see lovely old friends in Norwich |
Ben and Claudia. Ben showed me his new tattoo.
I thought it might have been easier
and less painful to just buy the book?
|Back to London that night and OMG had|
the BEST view ever had in a hotel.
|Muswell Hill Book Shop was ACE.|
Signed and chatted a LOT.
|Shrewsbury next. Stayed in the gorgeous B&B that|
looked like a page from a magazine.
|More really wonderful art. I got to keep|
this one and I have it on my shed wall now.
|BRIGHTON Festival in May.This is the very|
talented Laura Dockrill who has written and illustrated
a funny book called Darcy Burdock. She's currently
Booktrust Writer in residence too.
|Mr Rosen and Mr Ardagh taking the p**s out of me |
(which they did a lot.)
We were on a panel called
How Do You Write Funny Books For Children?
(A good question.)
|Trying to get a word in edgeways...|
|Jamie Thomson (AKA The Dark Lord) had enough of Philip.|
|I sent this to Philip - "Saw this and thought of you."|
|Scholastic was up for |
"CHILDRENS PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR"
at the industry BookSeller Awards.
Here's Alison Green and Zoe.
|Team Scholastic Andrew (Creative Director) and Hilary|
who sipped water all night UNTIL THEY WON!
She made a great speech and TG got a name check too.
|With Axel Scheffler and THE AWARD.|
|Me giving out prizes for READ FOR MY SCHOOL|
run by Booktrust.
|Mr Rosens EYES were everywhere in Brighton.|
|I started to write book six and went to visit Zak who's|
working in Greece for seven months. It's the first time I've tried writing anywhere but the shed.
I didn't do too badly!
|Mr Ardargh (again) and Justin Somper at the NEW Children's|
Laurette announcement in Kings Cross.
|Philip SUNG and Patrick Ness had |
to listen to him.
He left early.
|The FANTASTIC Malorie Blackman |
who everyone agrees
is a great choice of Laureate.
She's already ruffling feathers nicely.
|Book SIX Tom Gates EXTRA SPECIAL TREATS (not)|
cover taking shape.
|French addition of Tom Gates - I LOVE the translation.|
|With the old gals Alyx and Catherine from Scholastic |
(now BOTH at Macmillan).
In Belfast for the School Libraries Conference.
|Getting ready to SKYPE for Leicester BEST Book Awards. |
The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates won!
Tom Gates won the Doncaster Book Award AND
Wakefield Book Award and I was sent a fantastic medal
from the international Schools in Japan -
The Sakura Medal. I've never won a medal THAt big.
|Sakura Medal for The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates.|
|Somerhill School in Hove - |
looks like I'm doing shadow puppets.
|We doodled too.|
|On the way to Number 11 Downing Street.|
For the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge.
It was VERY hot and we could SEE into number 10
Downing Streets garden where ANDY MURRAY was
being given a party.
|More number 11 pics next blog.|
It's not as fancy inside as you'd expect!