An Apparition on the Tyne

I’ve just arrived back down from a fabulous few days in the North East up at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, where I was taking part in [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] events for World Book Day; and I thought I’d share this image, tweeted by Seven Stories this morning, of a Snorgh at large by the banks of the Tyne river (they called it a “snelfie”…) Read more

The Snorgh in the North

I’ve always loved the North East, and so I was particularly delighted to be invited by the wonderful Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books based up in Newcastle, to do an event along with my good friend Thomas Docherty to tie in with World Book Day. Seven Stories are building their World Book Day events and activities around [amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] and it’s a pleasure and an honour to be involved. If you want to find out more, you can go to Seven Stories, or else read the following article in the Northern Echo.

If you haven’t been to Seven Stories before, do pay it a visit. It’s well worth a visit to Newcastle. Having said that, Newcastle is also well worth a visit to Newcastle, so do give it a go.

An Essay for Book Lovers and Bookish Lovers

I just stumbled again upon this wonderful essay by Anne Fadiman, which has been been posted on the Farrar, Straus and Giroux “Book Keeping” blog. The essay is in Fadiman’s lovely little book, [amazon_link id=”0140283706″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Ex Libris[/amazon_link], and FSG have reposted it on their blog in connection with — oh, I don’t know, with some festival or other that is coming up at the end of the week.

The essay is well worth a read. And once you have read it, you should go and buy the whole book. Marrying Libraries by Anne Fadiman.

How Satisfied Are You With This Poll?

One evening last week, the phone rang. At the other end was a polite man who said he worked for Ipsos MORI, the market research company. He asked me if I would mind answering a few questions. Having nothing else to do, I agreed. Besides, I always wondered who this mysterious ‘British public’ was that ended up being polled; and realising that on this occasion I was one of them made me think I might as well make use of the opportunity.

The polite man on the end of the phone started asking all kinds of questions about my view of the political landscape in the UK. I answered the questions as diligently and truthfully as I could. Read more

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