Some of you may have noticed I left my publishing job last week to join the wonderful world of Booktrust - a bittersweet moment for me after a really lovely time working at two children’s publishers and making lots of friends. But the chance to work for an organisation responsible for delivering millions of free books to children around the country was too good to pass up!
I plan on blogging a lot more from my new perspective, but it’s been, well, A TAD BUSY so far. So the first thing I’m going to do is be a big fat showoff and post all about the AMAZING leaving presents that I was so lucky to get when I left - I think you all want to know, right??
First up, from my lovely colleagues - this ADORABLE paper balloon, constructed from recycled envelopes. These were once letters of love, friendship or maybe even a steep bill!
And hidden away in the basket of the balloon a pair of pink Tatty Devine swallow earrings! Yes, I do go on about Tatty Devine a lot…
Not to mention several cocktails at that rarest of places, a nice pub in Hammersmith at the end of the day!! Thank you SO much every single lovely person at HC.
Arriving first thing in the morning on my last day were these beautiful flowers from the lovely and spectacularly gruesome writer Will Hill - I shall miss you and our tours Will! The chocolate orange bread and butter pudding… The long train journeys… The glitz and the grunge, side by side ha!
Next in to the office was my new bestie Holly Smale - her book isn’t out yet but you all need to look out for the hilarious Geek Girl at the end of Feb! She brought me ANOTHER bunch of beautiful flowers AND signed my book - oh-so-cute debut author style, spent some time deciding which bit of the page to sign it on hehe…
Then just as I was starting to think I was getting a grip on the emotions - lovely Emma Chichester Clark dropped by with the infamous Plum, who appears in the amazing illustrated blog by Emma - which I am a long standing follower of, along with my parents (who seem to tweet with Emma when I’m not there like naughty school children :) ) - so lovely to say goodbye to them in person… Then lo and behold - I APPEARED IN THE PLUMDOG BLOG! AN ILLUSTRATED VERSION OF ME! It was so good. It’s made my life.
EEEH! That’s what I was wearing and everything!
AND if I can add even more to the pile of loveliness, that to be honest when I put it together makes me tear up all over again…
Earlier in the week the lurvely Clara Vulliamy popped in for a meeting - the week before I’d been lucky enough to have tea and cake at her mum Shirley Hughes’ house as we had an interview for the Guardian family (which you can see here. What a gorgeous photo!) and when I asked if Clara would sign my books she took them away to do a drawing in - and so HERE IS BUNNY ME!!! I AM IN ILLUSTRATED FORM TWICE OVER!!
And just where do you get such skinny pens? so lovely! I am very pleased that I get to stay in the Happy Bunny Club for life :)
And last but not least, I spent half of my last week on tour with the absolute rising star Sarah Lean - and what a gem she was! Hundreds of school children very much entertained and inspired by her talks that week! But as a parting gift she gave me this beautiful paper rose - made from pages of books! A rose for a rose as she said :)
PHEWF and that is it - my amazing and fantastic haul of presents from a group of publishers, authors and illustrators I am so proud to have worked with - don’t think you’ve got rid of me now because I’ll be back for cocktails, cupcakes and gossip any time you’ll have me - plus you’re all now obligatory friends of Booktrust hehe… In thanks I would like to add this gif of the post-cocktail tube dancing on my last day :)