Category Archives: Authors’ Event

Mamgu’s Campervan Goes Out and About

The school summer holidays are here and I’m going out and about with my latest book, ‘Mamgu’s Campervan and the Knights in Shining Armour’!

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I’ll be signing books at…

WHSmith at Swansea on Saturday 28th July

from 11am until 3pm

 

Waterstones at Aberystwyth on Saturday 4th August

from 2pm until 5pm

with cake & refreshments at 2pm

 

Waterstones at Carmarthen on Wednesday 8th August

from 11am until 3pm

 with a reading from Mamgu’s Campervan at 2pm

 

Tenby Bookshop on Saturday 11th August

from 11am until 3pm

 

Waterstones at Swansea on Thursday 16th August

from 11am until 3pm

 

Cover to Cover at Mumbles on Saturday 18th August

from 2pm until 3.30pm

 

If you’re in the area, please come along and say hello – I love chatting about books and writing!

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Mamgu’s Campervan Goes Out & About for Easter!

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My new children’s book, Mamgu’s Campervan and the Knights in Shining Armour, was launched at WHSmith in Cwmbran at the start of the Easter school holidays, and then went on a trip to Smiths in Cardiff and Llanelli too!

Taking Mamgu’s Campervan out into Wales for the first time was a lot of fun and Helen Flook’s bright and cheerful cover design certainly attracted lots of attention.

A huge DIOLCH YN FAWR to everyone who came along and bought copies, and to Jason, Rama and Terry and their teams at the shops for making me so welcome.

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Llandeilo Lit Fest – Come Along & Say Hello!

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The Bank Holiday at the end of April will soon be here, and with it comes a new & exciting event – Llandeilo Literature Festival!

Starting on Thursday, 27th April, there’ll be lots of events to enjoy – readings & book signings, and discussions, including an amazing session with Jasper Fforde, author of the ‘Thursday Next’ series, & Jodi Taylor.

Many of the events are free, but for those that are ticketed, booking in advance is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Find full details of the programme and how to book here: Events

The festival ends with events on Sunday 30th, and with so many wonderful places to eat and gorgeous independent shops to browse in Llandeilo, what could be a better way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend? If you love books – it’s the place to be!

Oh, and I’ll be doing a FREE session on Saturday, 29th @3pm in Eve’s Toyshop. Details here. I’ll be reading from my new book St David’s Day is Cancelled and from my other books too. And I’ll be generally having fun and making a fool of myself with sound effects and silly hats! Bring the children / grandchildren along – or if you’re interested in writing for children yourself, drop by for the session and have a chat afterwards. I’m always happy to talk about writing!20140821_145759-MOTION

And along with lots of other local authors, I’ll have a table in Llandeilo’s Civic Hall during the day on Saturday, where I’ll be selling signed copies of my books. I’ll be very happy to chat about all aspects of writing & getting published in Wales, too. Doors open at 11am – so please come along and say hello!Cwmbran WHSmith

A Trio of Signings

I’ve had a lovely run-up to Christmas this year with three book signings in three of my favourite WHSmiths shops – in Cardiff;20161126_112339

in Cwmbran – a big thank you to Keeley and her mum for this photo;20161126_151351

and finally in my home town of Llanelli.p1040381

There’ve been Welsh cakes galore – from M&S, who don’t burn their baking the way I reliably do –20161202_171118 and lots of interesting people to chat to. A huge thank you to everyone who bought copies of my books, and to the shop managers and staff. They’re all very supportive, and they’ve even agreed to have me back in the new year with my new book St. David’s Day is Cancelled. I can’t wait! But now it’s time to hang up my book signing antlers for another year!!20161125_211433

The Wonderful World of Book Fairs

This year I discovered the wonderful world of book fairs. If you’ve never been to any, give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!The first was in Tenby, in a hall packed with local writers and book enthusiasts.

I spent the day chatting to people about writing and signing copies of my books – bliss! The Tenby Book Fair got me even more interested and I signed up for three others – the Carmarthen Book Fair (organised by Thompson Authors)wendy-book-fair

the Carmarthen Library Book fair (arranged by Catrin Simon of Carmarthen County Council)

and Llandeilo Xmas Book Fair (organised by Christoph Fischer).20161210_095835

I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’ve met so many other writers – it’s been amazing to discover all the talent in our little corner of Wales. And it’s been wonderful to see how many people truly love reading and want to support local authors. I’ve already signed up for two book fairs next year – in Narberth in September, and before that Llandeilo Lit Fest in April. I’m hoping there’ll be a few more to sign up to in 2017 too!

Christmas Book Signings

Cwmbran WHSmithIt’s that festive time of year again and I’ve got lots of fun weekends ahead. I’ll be signing my books for children at shops and book fairs throughout November and December, so please come along and say hello. This is where I’ll be:

Cardiff WHSmiths, Saturday 12th November, 11am to 3pm

Carmarthen Library Book Fair, Saturday, 19th November, 11am to 1pm

Cwmbran WHSmiths, Saturday, 26th November, 11am to 3pm

Llanelli WHSmiths, Saturday, 3rd December, 11am to 3pm

Llandeilo Book Fair, Civic Hall, Saturday, 10th December, 9.45am to 5pm

The Big Day Out

big-day-out-1I had a great time sharing my stories in the Lambing Shed at Kate Humble’s Big Day Out on her lovely farm in Chepstow. Thank you to the children who volunteered as actors – two turned out to be from my own town of Kidwelly! All of you were great. Here are some photos of the farm and the festival. It’s a lovely place to go for a day out.

Kate Humble on the Lambing Shed stage
Kate Humble on the Lambing Shed stage

 

Gareth Malone
Gareth Malone teaching the crowd to sing
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Willow weaving