Yesterday Magnus and I went to The Book Barge in Barton Marina, Staffordshire for my first book signing of Magpie's Treasure! It was brilliant, thank you so much to everyone who came along and to Sarah for hosting the event in her amazing, floating book shop.
The collage workshop was a lot of fun, even if The Book Barge did descend into a papery chaos as children made beautiful buttons and jewels for giant Magnus to wear! Unfortunately, somehow in the midst of all the glitter glue, chocolate and making sure I spelled everyone's names correctly, I neglected to take any photos of Magnus resplendent in his finery, but let me assure you he was a sight to behold!
If you ever happen to be in the area The Book Barge is absolutely definitely worth a visit. It's such a lovely bookshop and alongside a fantastic range of classic, contemporary and children's books are lots of interesting second hand books to peruse. I bought (well... my mum and dad bought it for me as a congratulatory present) a wonderful copy of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows illustrated by one of my absolute favourite illustrators, John Burningham.
When I was little, my Grandpa would take me to the library van that came every week to the village and one of my favourites was Burningham's Where's Julius? Definitely one to look out for.