I’m sorry, I couldn’t think of a more inventive title than that! Yesterday, as I posted earlier, was the Diverse Voices award ceremony at Seven Stories, Newcastle. But, as well as seeing Helen Limon pick up the prize, the event was also the official launch of Too Much Trouble.
The day began at Atkinson Road Primary School where I met a lovely group of pupils, talked about the book and led a drama workshop exploring some of the themes. A huge thank you to the children who took part and the teachers that let me take over their morning. I’m hoping that they’re going to send some of their work my way and I’ll stick some of it up here.
We then shot back to Seven Stories where I had the pleasure of meeting some more fantastic children who had travelled from several local secondary schools to come and meet me. It really was a treat to meet them.
Next we moved on to the big event. Kate Edwards from Seven Stories introduced the event followed by Janetta Otter Barry from Frances Lincoln who spoke about the previous winners, The Takeshita Demons series by the lovely Cristy Burneand my own Too Much Trouble. Then I was up, I gave a little taster of the workshop I had done earlier that day with the help of some wonderful children’s fiction students.
Finally, came the big announcement, another big well done to Helen Limon. I will be posting an interview with her tomorrow.
Thank you to everyone who was there for your kind support of the book, especially if you came and got one signed, which I’m starting to love!