I had a great visit to the Hay-on-Wye Book Festival this weekend. Arrived late on Sunday and had a splendidly convivial evening with some of my fellow Random House authors, including Mini Grey, Candy Gourlay and the Etherington Brothers. Next morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we all went to the festival itself, which was humming with activity despite the heavy rain. Lots of authors were happily wandering about amid the throng; I went to listen to the historian Orlando Figes talk eloquently about the Crimean War. After lunch I did my talk about Bart & The Ring of Solomon and had a lovely Q&A session, with great questions from lots of young and enthusiastic readers. After my signing I reluctantly embarked on the long journey home. As I did so, the sun came out over the western hills; a beautiful end to a perfect day.
I had a great trip to London’s Docklands yesterday for the MCM ComicCon. Andrew Donkin, Lee Sullivan and I were talking about the Amulet graphic novel. As we drew close to the convention centre, we began to see hundreds of amazing costumes - weird, beautiful and funny: the halls themselves were packed with thousands of fantasy and comic addicts celebrating their love of the genres. We did a nice Q & A, then an hour-&-a-half’s signing with some delightful fans. It was my first ComicCon, but it certainly won’t be my last.
Sorry it’s been a while since the last post. There’s been lots going on - mainly me working on the beginnings of a new novel, which I think might become a series… though you can never tell until you get further in to the writing. At the moment there are many scattered fragments of story episodes in a red file on my desk, and each day I play about adding to one or the other, or scribbling notes about how they might fit together. My plan is to work hard on this over the next couple of months, so that by the end of the summer the book outline (and hopefully a clear chunk of it) will be in good shape.
I’ll also be doing a lot of events in the next few weeks: visiting LONDON MCM ComicCon this weekend, Hay on Wye on Monday 30th May, St Malo for Etonnant Voyageurs 11-13th June, and New Orleans for the American Library Association get-together at the end of June.
Further ahead, there’s exciting talk of visiting Estonia in the autumn, and I’ll be in Germany and hopefully Ireland too. Right… time to open the RED FILE…