A look back at June and July
I’m a bit late in getting round to this, but in my defence… it’s been a busy couple of months!
I think it’s safe to say that the world is opening up again. June and July were reminiscent of pre-Covid times as I held book events around the country, and I’ve more events flying into the diary.
The Caputh Fair
On 11th June I was at the Caputh Fair. I had a stall alongside an array of local artists, crafters and authors. And as well as catching up with those I hadn’t seen since before Covid struck, it was great to meet new creatives and see their wonderful work.
This event was part of a festival weekend for the village, which included local celebrity comedian, Jim Smith.
The Angus Show
Where do I start? When you share a tepee with lovely children’s author, Annie Day Fernie, you know you are in for a day of laughter. Thank you Brechin & Angus Book Festival and especially to Sarah Archibald for all her organising, who defied the Scottish weather and kept on the festival gazebo in place with nothing more than brute strength! A great day!
For those of you who don’t know Annie, she is the author of Pearl Pavlova, a gorgeous book about a ballet dancing mouse for 7 to 11-year-olds. As a former ballerina and dance instructor, Annie was destined to write this story… and her second book in the series, Igor, is coming soon.
Independent Book Shop Week
I was delighted to help Adventure Into Books, in Blairgowrie, celebrate both Independent Book Shop Week and their second birthday. They had a week full of events with local authors, covering all genres and, it’s safe to say, all were a great success.
Thank you to everyone who came along to listen to Leona’s adventures and join in the fairy fun, and to Kate’s mum, who decided there couldn’t be an event with fairy stories without her delicious fairy cakes…
Waterstones Glasgow Fort
I was thrilled to be the chosen author for Waterstones Glasgow Fort’s first event since covid struck!
We had a fantastic morning, reading from The Fairy in the Kettle series and making wands alongside the ever-popular fairy colouring. I am delighted to say that I will be back on Saturday 13th August, for anyone who missed it or would like to come along!
Montrose Air Heritage Museum with The Red Arrows
With the Brechin & Angus Book Festival.
To say this was a busy event would be putting it mildly… though, The Red Arrows, Spitfires, Hurricanes and Typhoons may have had something to do with it.
Annie Day Fernie and I paired up again for this event, and yes, there was much laughter.
Great fun with Annie, organiser Sarah Archibald, and visitors alike.
Annie and I had a great turn out as did the B & A gazebo as children enjoyed the selection of activities and arts & crafts available throughout the day.
I returned home with only one copy of The Fairy in the Kettle (and a little sunburn), but thanks to my brilliant publisher, SilverWood Books, a rush order was put through and I am all stocked up for my next event.
If you fancy a bit of ‘eye spy’ fun, here is my attempt at capturing one of the displays!
And now for the photos shared by The Montrose Air Heritage Museum… you may see a difference!
Information on all upcoming events can be found on the ‘Diary & Upcoming Events page.
I hope you are all having a lovely summer, take care and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!