Two Interviews

Just back from a few days in Manchester, where Sarah McIntyre and I were guests of the very wonderful Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We met lots of wonderful people, some of them knitted by Ann Lam, who has been turning out sea monkeys by the dozen. Here’s Sarah posing with Zombie Sea Monkey and French Sea Monkey…

While I was away, a couple of recent interviews have appeared online. Here’s a Q&A I did with Dan Metcalf for StoryWorld, in which I talk about Goblins, Cakes in Space and how working with SM has revived my enthusiasm for writing. He asks a very good question which I’ve never been asked before: ‘Do you actually like writing?’

And I discuss similar topics here, in an interview with Natasha Ngan, author of The Elites and also the forthcoming The Memory Keepers.  I also get to recommend a few favourite reads. You can check out the interview here.

Events, dear boy, events…

Just a reminder about two forthcoming events for anyone who is interested and in the right bits of the country…

First, next Saturday (21st June) I shall be at Exeter Library, talking about the Goblins books (and specifically about the new one, Goblin Quest).  Kick off is at 2pm and I shall burble on for about an hour, with signing afterwards. I don’t think I have any other events scheduled for Goblin Quest, so I guess this counts as the OFFICIAL LAUNCH too! Tickets are free, but can be reserved if you want to make sure of a seat –  at time of writing, there are 37 left.

And at the end of the month I shall be joining Sarah McIntyre in Manchester for a big Oliver and the Seawigs event on Saturday 28th June. This year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival has been overrun by our Sea Monkeys; to the point where one of the little critters is even writing the MCBF official blog (he’s a much better typist than the goblins).

Looking forward to both of these – and hoping to meet some of you there!

Lambs, Forthcoming Events, and a Good Cause.

Hope you all had excellent Easters (if you go in for that sort of thing) and ate too much chocolate, as I did. Spring has come to Dartmoor and, thanks to the hard work of all our farming friends and neighbours, the hills are alive with this sort of thing…

Ahhh, etc. Photo: Sarah Reeve

Meanwhile, I’ve just written my final guest post for the ever-excellent Girls Heart Books blog. It’s called Get Ahead – Get a Hat, and it’s about ways to overcome shyness when, as a writer, you suddenly find yourself called upon to get up and be performer too…

‘Make the scary people go away!’ etc. Photo: Jo Cotterill

It also seems a good moment to mention that Sarah McIntyre will be performing, hats and all, at the Hay Festival on 29th May. We’re taking part in an event called The Big Draw, with Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown (we did this once before at Hay, and it went really well, so fingers crossed that we can repeat it this year).  And we’ll also be doing our Oliver and the Seawigs event, which, after many months on the road, has been honed to something like perfection, hem hem – there’s even an outside chance that I might remember the chords in the Sea Monkey song.

And we’ll also be appearing at Manchester Children’s Book Festival on June 28th. Sarah’s Sea Monkeys crop up all over the festival website, and there’s even going to be a Grand Parade of Seawigs. I’m not entirely sure, but I think this might be the last completely Seawigs-themed event we do before we switch into Cakes in Space mode for the late summer and autumn festivals. So if you’re in or near Manchester, do come along! (There are loads of other things going on in the festival, too.)

Lastly but definitely not leastly, Tim Knight (who runs ace gaming/comics/TV/general geekery blog Heropress and has been a great supporter of my books over the years) will be doing a sponsored walk next weekend to raise money for the Stroke Association. Tim’s wife Rachel gives a sobering account of some of his reasons for doing so here. If you’d like to contribute, donations can be made here. Best wishes on the walk, Tim, from all Goblins, Sea Monkeys, Traction Citizens, and me.