Just back from an excellent trip to the town of Ilmenau, in the middle of the Thuringian forests, where I did a talk for the university’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club, Phantopia. The club’s marking its 40th anniversary; to celebrate, they’d erected a massive tent (or yurt) on the campus hillside - a fine place to enjoy late-night bratwurst and beer. Beforehand, I did readings from the Bartimaeus books, mainly from Amulet, and had a fantastic hour’s discussion with the audience about Bart and writing in general. Afterwards the Phantopia team gave me a beautiful present: a glass dip-pen, locally made by glasswork master Karoline Wagner, which features a tiny Bart gargoyle sitting at the end. If I can figure out a way to photograph it, I’ll post up a pic here. Meanwhile you can see more of Karoline’s art at www.Glasmagie.org. The celebrations continued until after 2 a.m, which must have set a new record for one of my events. Next morning, a quiet totter around the pleasant Ilmenau streets, before setting off on the train-ride home.