Hi, it's me, Joe.
So I've just got back from my first foray at the Hay (hey, am I a poet, and I don't know it?).
And what fun it was, too. It was a bit of a blustery day, as Winnie-the-Pooh might say: in fact, we were a bit worried that some of the marquees were going to blow away, as they were rattling rather scarily in the high winds.
It was a great chance to mingle with some authors and illustrators. We heard Jacqueline Wilson talk about her books – a mere 100 or so of them, she told us – and how she was paid £3 for her first published story when she was 17. Her best tips for budding authors was to read lots and lots of book and to keep a diary (which I suppose I sort of do in these blogs).
There was also a talk by Nick Crane about his World Atlas (my mum tells me it won a Junior Design Award!). He's an explorer and an adventurer – I like the sound of that. I also loved the Horrible Histories talk because, well, I'm a boy and I love gruesome, grisly things. Did feel a bit sad about the World War I soldier who had 5,000 body lice on him in the trenches. And that was only under his shirt!!
We also had a chance to catch up with Sir Charlie Stinkysocks author, Kristina Stephenson, who sang some songs (she's preparing for Stinkysocks the Musical), divulged the secret name of her next book (sssshh, I'm sworn to secrecy) and gave me a iced wiggly woo to gobble. Mmmmm
Joe's wardrobe: Lightning Thunderbolt T-Shirt by DirtBoy; checked shirt by Scotch Shrunk; chinos by Next.
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