Thank you to everyone who came along to WHSmith Cwmbran, Llanelli & Cardigan, and to Waterstones Aberystwyth & Carmarthen. And especially to Kayleigh, William & Martha, Owain, Tomos & Jacob, Miss Crane of Griffithstown Primary School, Jonathan, and Nia Griffith MP. I hope you all enjoy your books and thank you for the lovely Amazon reviews!
I had a fun time with Year 2 at Ysgol y Castell in Kidwelly today when I took in some copies of ‘St David’s Day is Cancelled’.
We had happy faces…
Then we had shocked and sad faces because St David’s Day is Cancelled!
And next we cheered for Wales.
Thank you to Mrs Pearce for these lovely photos!
1st February is publication day for St David’s Day is Cancelled!!!
I have lots of book signings lined up for half term.
Will there be Welsh cakes? Wrth gwrs!
I’ll be at:
Llanelli WHSmiths on Saturday, 18th February from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aberystwyth Waterstones on Monday, 20th February from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cardigan WHSmiths on Wednesday, 22nd February from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Carmarthen Waterstones on Friday, 24th February from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cwmbran WHSmiths on Saturday 25th February from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come along and say hello!
And here it is – Huw Aaron’s wonderful cover for ‘St David’s Day is Cancelled’. It’s published on February 1st – and I can’t wait!
The children in Years 1&2 are exploring festivals and celebrations. They’ve been reading ‘Welsh Cakes and Custard’ as part of their theme. It was great fun answering their questions and they joined in with sound effects as I read a story from ‘Three Cheers for Wales’. They’re very good at making frog and monster noises!
Year 2 also got a sneak peek at my newest book ‘St David’s Day is Cancelled’. I’m looking forward to taking them a copy when it’s published next month.
A big DIOLCH YN FAWR to Ysgol y Castell for inviting me in to school – see you again soon!
I’m so excited about my next book St. David’s Day is Cancelled! The wonderful illustrations by the brilliantly talented Huw Aaron are all in place and the book is almost ready to be printed. It’ll be published in time for St. David’s Day – which hopefully won’t be cancelled! – and I’ll be on a book signing tour(!) during February (more details on this page soon). I’m looking forward to it already.
I can’t reveal the cover just yet, but here’s a sneaky peek at the title page and Huw’s illustration of Nia.
And here’s a bit about the book:
When their headteacher, Mrs Right – who’s most definitely wrong about some things – decides to cancel St. David’s Day, the Seren Wen newspaper team know that with just a week to go they have to act fast. They need to get the whole school to put on the best concert ever. But can they do it in time? And will anyone want to help them?
Can they save St. David’s Day?
in Cwmbran – a big thank you to Keeley and her mum for this photo;
and finally in my home town of Llanelli.
There’ve been Welsh cakes galore – from M&S, who don’t burn their baking the way I reliably do – 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!!
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)
the Carmarthen Library Book fair (arranged by Catrin Simon of Carmarthen County Council)
and Llandeilo Xmas Book Fair (organised by Christoph Fischer).
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!
It’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