Pugs Are GO!

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The new Reeve & McIntyre book Pugs of the Frozen North will be scampering into a bookshop near you soon. (The official publication date is 3rd September, but it’s already on sale in some shops.) And this weekend McIntyre and I scampered into the Edinburgh International Book Festival to try out our new Pugs stage show…

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It’s our most elaborate yet, featuring sketches, a new song which we can almost play, readings, audience participation, a snowball fight, a giant board game, and NO YETIS…

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It seemed to go down well in Edinburgh (thanks for coming, if you were in the audience!). If you’re in central London and would like to see it for yourself, we’ll be at the Guardian Children’s Book Festival in King’s Cross this coming weekend (Saturday 29th August). And if you’re not in central London, we’ll be racing all over the country in September and October, with stops at Bath, Cheltenham, Manchester and other venues yet-to-be-announced… More details here.  And if you’d like to knit your own pug, there’s a pattern here!

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Our Edinburgh adventures get the full McIntyre blog treatment HERE.

Pugs of the Frozen North

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The new Reeve & McIntyre book, Pugs of the Frozen North, will be racing into bookshops any minute now, and Sarah and I are busy preparing for some publicity events. This coming Saturday we’ll be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where you can see us in the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square, at 12.15pm. We’re planning songs, snowballs, and an interactive pug-racing game. Book tickets here!

Then, the following weekend, we’ll be performing free in a teepee as part of the inaugural Guardian Children’s Book Festival in London’s King’s Cross. Details here…

There will be lots more Pugs events in September, and I’ll also be doing some Railhead things, mostly in the west country, in October and November. More details to follow, but for Reeve and McIntyre-related shenanigans you can always keep an eye on the events section of Sarah’s website.

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Illustrations by Sarah McIntyre

Better Get Ready For The CAKES IN SPACE!

Sorry for the long blog silence – I was away all last week, mainly in West Sussex and Hampshire, where sarah, Sam and I caught up with some old friends and also visited the Weald and Downland Open-Air Museum and the HMS Victory and Mary Rose at Portsmouth – both well worth a trip.

Now I have a few days at home before I head off to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to join Sarah McIntyre for the launch of our second book together…

Cakes in Space is the story of Astra, who is travelling to her new home on a far-off planet. Everyone on her spaceship has been put into cryogenic sleep for the 199 years it will take to get there, but half way through the journey Astra wakes up to discover that all sorts of things are going wrong, and that she’s the only one awake to put them right. There are robots…

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…aliens…

and, of course, CAKES – scary futuristic ones with fangs and bad attitudes…

It was partly inspired by wanting to see how Sarah M would handle all the tech (she’s very good at drawing vehicles and machines), partly by some cute alien doodles she once did, and partly by that idea of being the only person awake, moving around the house (or spaceship) while everyone else is still asleep – which is a big deal when you’re small, I think. Hopefully it will appeal to people who like SPACE or CAKES, which is basically everyone, right? And it should be starting to appear in bookshops ANY DAY NOW…

We had a test run of our new Cakes in Space show at Nine Worlds last week – thanks to everyone who came, and bought copies of the books afterwards.  In Edinburgh we’ll be appearing on Friday 22nd August as part of the schools programme, and then doing a public performance on Saturday morning – so if you’re anywhere near Charlotte Square please come and see us! Booking details here.

And if you’re not, we’ll be doing a London launch at Daunt Books in Marylebone on September 13th…

…and appearing at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival on September 20th, and the Manx LitFest on the Isle of Man on the 26th/27th September (the schedule is still to be confirmed, I think).

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And speaking of Budleigh Salterton, there’s a campaign in progress to save the public library there. Sarah McIntyre and I were meant to be recording a video message about it while we were at Nine Worlds in our space gear, but we were so nervous about our event that we FORGOT. But Sarah appears here, along with lots of other famous faces.

CAKES IN SPACE is published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS and available from good bookshops for just 8.99 of your Earth Pounds.

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