I consider myself incredibly fortunate to do what I do for a living and if their expressions are anything to go by, so do a lot of other folk.
Not only do I get to make stuff up for a living but I also get to travel around a great deal and meet the people I make the stuff up for. By and large children. Or possibly by and large, children.
Last year, for instance, saw me talking utter rubbish in places as far afield and as diverse as Exeter, Liverpool, Newcastle, Huddersfield, Nottingham, Bath, Hay-on-Wye, Lewis, Benbecula, Barra and Milton Keynes. They’re two separate places in case you’re wondering, Barra and Milton Keynes.
Anyway, 2014 looks set to carry on in similar fashion with dates already confirmed for Southampton, Paris, Jersey and a shedload of other places. This week, however, it’s all about Yorkshire. More specifically it’s all about Hull and Sheffield. Even more specifically than that it’s all about The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour in association with Scottish Book Trust.
Five days, ten schools, fourteen hundred kids ranging from Year 3 to Year 6, or P4-7 if you’re reading this north of the border.
Thank you and goodnight.
And if the next four days go half as well as this first one just has, it promises to be a really memorable week. Bright, engaged, funny, intelligent. And the kids were great too. Watch this space, as they say. Yeah, whoever they are.