In Oldham

Well, I’m back in Leicester after a fantastic two days in Oldham, where I was at the 2013 Brilliant Books award. And the whole thing has been enormous fun. We writers and illustrators were all looked after incredibly well (the legendary Oldham Cheese Pie lived up to the whispered rumours), and it was a pleasure to meet teachers, librarians, schoolchildren and parents and see such enthusiasm for writing and literature, as well as to get to know some of my fellow-writers better.

[amazon_link id=”1407116525″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Snorgh and the Sailor[/amazon_link] did not make it on this occasion, although it was wonderful to be shortlisted, and congratulations to Sarah Warburton and Caryl Hart for their winning book in my category, [amazon_link id=”085763108X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Princess and the Peas[/amazon_link], as well as to the other winners, Adrian Reynolds and Thomas Taylor, Ruth Eastham, Gina Blaxill and Katie Dale: all of them not only superb writers and artists, but also delightful human beings.

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