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It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks – all the glammy bits of being a writer.

For one week in June, Coventry is buzzing with books and writers at the Literally Coventry Book Festival, and I was delighted to be invited to Tile Hill Wood School to take part.

Natalie the librarian had gone ‘big screen’ with an amazing handmadeMonkey Wars corner…


… and fuelled the whole session with copious amounts of coffee and chocolate biscuits. Over 100 pupils were there and came up with loads of really interesting and challenging questions.

A few days later I was in Essex at Belfairs school as part of a buzzingToday a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader event, featuring a literary marketplace.

Then down the A23, tangling en route with a massive Hell’s Angel convention at the Burger King rest stop…

… to arrive at the UKLA’s 50th International Conference.

This is a really inspiring event, where English teachers from far and wide get together at the cutting edge of the literary curriculum.

I was delighted to be there as one of the shortlisted writers in the UKLA Awards, and had some fascinating conversations with teachers throughout the evening.

Thank you to everyone for all your great hospitality!

And what about that deadline?! Wasn’t I supposed to be delivering the first draft of the next novel in mid-July?

God bless the laptop – wherever there was a plug and a spare hour, I pressed on into the final few chapters…



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