Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thank You, Edinburgh Bookshop!

It was a lovely event on Thursday, at The Edinburgh Bookshop, where Walking Mountain had another excellent launch -

And I even got to sign the legendary Writers' Ladder -

Huge thanks to everyone who made it possible and everyone who came - Walking Mountain has been well and truly launched - warm wishes to all who sail in her!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Queensferry Primary - Thank You Very Much!

So much creativity - so much fun!  

Queensferry Primary School teachers and pupils have excelled themselves, between our last session together and the day of the launch for Walking Mountain - and this at an insanely busy time of year, especially for the senior classes.  On display and presented by pupils from P6L, P6T, P7C and P7T, were shape poems, What Happened Next pieces, 2D and 3D images of mountains inspired by the styles of famous artists, and alphabet/story bunting.  Add juice and fairy cakes and 4 classes of excited kids and 1 excited author, and you have 1 amazing Book Birthday!  

Huge thanks to Elizabeth Leithead who has been the main organiser, and to Queensferry Primary School who has made being a Patron of Reading an enormous delight. Which is not to say it's over - I have one more year!  Huzzah!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

You're Invited!

Walking Mountain is rejoicing in not one but TWO launches!  Please come if you can - you'll be most welcome!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Take it Away, Queensferry Primary School!

Six weeks ago I had a great day at Queensferry Primary School where I am Patron of Reading.  I was talking with 4 classes of P6 and P7 pupils about How to Grow a Book, the book being Walking Mountain.  We talked about the long and winding road from the first few scribbles through first draft, second draft, gazillionth draft, editing, maps, covers, all the way to this, the proof copy (though minus the cat):

Then I gave them a challenge.  

"I'm putting you in charge of the launch."

We talked about what that might include (whipped cream mountain sculptures, inviting the Queen and Barack Obama, renting a bouncy castle were only a few of the fabulous ideas).  And tomorrow, I will find out what they - and their teachers! - decided to go with.

I absolutely can't wait!  Pictures will follow! 

(We've been able to get hold of advance copies for this special event - the rest of you will need to contain yourselves in patience till June 15th.)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel Have Their Say

It's strange, this thing of posting reviews of a book that hasn't come out yet, but hey - June's the month that happens and it's almost ALMOST here!  (I am deliberately not using any sort of I'M-CRAZY-EXCITED!!! font because dignity at all times, right?)

So, calmly and with complete professional poise, here is the book ...

... and here are snippets from the reviews by members of the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel.  To read their full reviews, click here.  (Go on - click it - they're great!)
  • Llew Harrison, age 10 - 'A dramatic adventure involving fake identities, crazy ladies, faith, riding in the Aubergine and seas splitting open... Star rating:*****'
  • Miyah Smith, age 11 - 'This is an excellent book, well written and sometimes quite moving. I would recommend it to most people my age.'    
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'Interesting and really liked reading it.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'When the story got going it was really really good.  I loved the journey and the friendship, then ending was really exiting and good too.'
  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'The Walking Mountain was exiting, adventurous, tense, and sad. You won't regret reading it.'
  • Rose Hopkins - 'When I say I love this book I really mean it – it’s now my favourite book and I’m looking out for other books by this author.'
  • Emma, age 11 - 'I found this book very hard to get into but if you have a good imagination then it will be easier to understand.'

Many thanks to Llew, Miyah, Harsh, Bella, Seren, Rose and Emma - and ROLL ON JUNE!!!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bali Cliffs and Carvings

A few final images from Bali, the last being a fair depiction of me coping with the heat ...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bali's Exotic Botany

I've come back to a Scotland in its early summer colours, and it's beautiful and familiar.  Looking at the Bali photos, I remember just how unfamiliar its beauty was/is.  Another world.  So far away.