On Tuesday 13th August I turned up at Cirencester Library to take part in the brand new Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival. The audience were very tolerant of my charming new huskiness, and my not so charming new cough.
I also may have spent some time cackling insanely, to judge by this photo.
Books for the signing were ably supplied by staff from Octavia’s Bookshop, which is working alongside Cirencester Library to organise the festival. (Octavia’s Bookshop is The Bookseller Best Independent Children’s Bookseller 2013.)
Amongst the interesting questions at the event:
Q: Do you control your characters, or do they take control sometimes?
A: We’re in… negotiation?
Q: When you write, do you visualise each scene as part of a film?
A: Not exactly, no. A lot happens inside my main characters’ heads, and it’s hard to translate that to film. But some of the tricks I use are inspired by films I love, such as Hitchcock thrillers and film noir.
The Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival will be continuing for the rest of the week. All proceeds go to the Bingham Library Trust, to support its work in the community.