…A batch of Beastly Battenburgs and Bad Bath Buns!
Photo: Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre and I have been doing some pre-publicity for our killer confectionary space adventure CAKES IN SPACE. As you can see, it’s a very serious business, and we have a NEW LOOK.
Photo: Michael Thorn
Cakes in Space isn’t out until September, though it can be pre-ordered now (there will be an official launch at Daunt’s Bookshop in Marylebone High Street around publication day). But it was good to have a chance to road-test our glam new spacesuits and try out the Cakes in Space song. Sarah did a brisk tour of newspaper and TV/Radio offices during the day, and I joined her for the last leg in the afternoon; you can see Sarah’s blog about ‘Operation Cake Drop’ here.
Photo: Sarah McIntyre
And, in the evening, our publishers at Oxford University Press laid on a fabulous party at BB Bakery in Covent Garden. By happy coincidence, some finished advance copies of the book had just come in, so we were able to read a bit, and show off Sarah’s beautiful illustrations. There’s a whole gallery of pictures by Achuka’s Michael Thorn, who is seen here sandwiched between futuristic weirdoes…
And here’s our Seawigs/Cakes team: designer Jo Cameron, publisher Liz Cross, and editor Clare Whitston.
Photo: Sarah McIntyre I think…
The costumes were made by Wendy Benstead, from Sarah’s drawings. Mine fits me better than anything I’ve ever owned, so from now on I will always be dressing like this.
Early this morning, While England Slept, Sarah McIntyre was putting on her awesome new hat and making her way to the studios of Radio London 94.9, there to enthuse to Saturday Breakfast Show presenter Jo Good about art and comics and our new book, Oliver and the Seawigs. Here’s a link to the interview…
On Wednesday next week we’ll be launching Seawigs with an event at Daunt Books in Marylebone. It’s free, but you need to phone or e-mail to reserve a place, and tickets are going fast!
Then on Thursday (5th Sept) we’ll be off on a whirlwind signing tour of London bookshops. If you’d like to meet us on our way round, and maybe have us sign and draw in your copy of Oliver and the Seawigs, this is our schedule (though these times are approximate: if the shops are busy and traffic is bad we may end up running a bit late).
10am – Hatchards Piccadilly
10:30am – Waterstones Piccadilly
11:30 am – GOSH! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho
Noon – Blackwells Charing Cross Road
12:30pm – Foyles Charing Cross Road
1:30pm – Foyles Royal Festival Hall
There seems to be quite a buzz about Seawigs, which I very exciting – I can’t remember this happening with any of my other books. It partly proves what a good idea it was to work with the magnificent McIntyre, but it also has a lot to do with our publisher, Oxford University Press. It’s great to be working with a team who really understand and love the book, and are making such an effort to get it noticed. I’ll be doing my best to help by donning clingfilm wig and/or matelot hat again next week, and frantically practising the Sea Monkey shanty on my ukelele. But don’t let that put you off. Hope to see you there!
Oliver and the Seawigs won’t be officially published until September 4th, but the publicity shenanigans have already begun. Our lovely publishers, Oxford University Press, threw a spectacular pre-publication party on the Golden Hinde in London this week, and you can find a full report by my illustrator and co-author Sarah McIntyre over on her blog. It may feature scenes of me playing the ukelele and wearing sneakers and a t-shirt (new book, new look). It also features the news that Oliver and the Seawigs will be published in the USA next year!
And here’s a trailer that’s been produced for the book by MB Films, featuring some of Sarah’s artwork.
To mark the actual publication of Seawigs there will be ANOTHER party – well, more of an EVENT really, at Daunt’s Books in Marylebone, London. We’ll be reading from the book, sarah will be drawing, and I daresay we’ll be singing our Sea Monkey song again (I might even have learned the chords by then).
Admission is free, but places are limited, so if you’d like to come, you’ll need to book a ticket. Here are the details: