In May I had the enormous pleasure of flying to Falkirk, Scotland for the Red (Read Enjoy Debate) awards. So much fun! I met some amazing and enthusiastic teachers and children who all love reading so much that the Red event is now a fantastic two day spectacular.
Highlights of the event? Well, everything really. The warm welcome from Yvonne Manning, mastermind behind everything; meeting the other three lovely and brilliant authors also shortlisted, Mitch Johnson (Kick), Dan Walker (Sky Thieves) and Sif Sigmarsdottir (I am Traitor); chatting the students; book signing; the very fun Q&A session; the inventive core and video interpretations of the books created by the students themselves; and the truly wonderful hand crafted quilt created by the very talented Anne Ngabia.
Oh…and winning the award of course! A big and very pleasant surprise.