In the middle of March, I went to the Essex School Libraries Book Awards in Danbury where the five shortlisted authors talked about their books and the inspirations behind them. There were lots of wonderful pupils and teachers and librarians, and many brilliant questions from the students. Some of them had made animated films of the shortlisted book which were SENSATIONAL!!!
It was a little draughty in the marquee so some of us kept our coats on. I gave a talk about the inspirations for The Starman and Me. "It all started with a roundabout ...".
Here are all the authors with the wonderful Allison King who organised the event.