Monthly Archives: July 2015

My vice – bookshops.

When I was a kid, my dad would pause on the street outside Rediffusion in Winchester and watch the cricket or the football through the window. (Rediffusion is a long since dead television shop which rented out Video players. It was the Apple store of my teenage years)  Sometimes Dad would even watch final score through the window.  I would tug at his sleeve and drag him away.  I’m sure there were lots of less lucky children who had to drag their parents away from pubs, but in our case, the vice was TV sport. He spent hours and hours watching it, and I never understood the attraction.

Last weekend I walked through Winchester with my daughter.  I paused outside a shop, a bookshop, Well’s Bookshop in College Street, desperate to look at the windows, really desperate to go in, but she tugged at my sleeve and dragged me away.

I think it’s my vice, and I suspect that my daughter, will never understand it.


Tiny Free festival for children and their books….


This weekend in the tiny town of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, something kind of remarkable is happening.  A teeny weeny free book festival for children.  It’s the brainchild of Anna Wilson and Alex Campbell – and it’s grown – only a little to include me, Angie Morgan, Maudie Smith, Catherine Bruton (AKA Cate Shearwater) and actually, Jeremy Strong.

It works on a first come first served ticket basis – Jeremy Strong is booked out, but there’s a waiting list, the workshop on Saturday afternoon is almost full, but there are still some tickets available for Maudie Smith (little children’s event in the morning, 7+ totally fab event in the afternoon) Cate Shearwater (gymtastic stuff at middayish) Angie Morgan (Stories for the very small at middayish) and a REALLY BRILLIANT PANEL EVENT on Friday night.  This has Anna Wilson, Gary Parker (writer of Millie Inbetween) Catherine Bruton and Alex Campbell all chaired by Maudie, blethering away about the tricky business of writing for young people.  If you are remotely interested in writing for young people, this event is for you.  Actually, if you’re interested in writing for anyone, this event is for you. For further details check out the BOAMBF website, to reserve tickets, ring the library 01225 863280 or email them :

See you there – I’ll be building model villages and building stories and generally getting in the way.