Eight years ago I saw a pigeon with tangled feet, then I noticed a pigeon watching an opera singers busking in Covent Garden’s piazza & an invisible force of pure joy & excitement flowed through me. I began to write. I haven’t stopped! Pigeon was so excited to be snuggling up to his favourite sound, which he likes to call the ‘tra la la la laaaaaa’!
Is there anything you have done that you never imagined you would do in your life? A year ago, I would have never imagined I would be invited on BBC Radio London. I am so glad that I pushed myself to go on Sky News live as this gave me the confidence to say yes to my invitation on the Jo Good Show. I immediately warmed to Jo Good as she was full of kind, positive energy and she adored Pigeon. I will always look back on this moment with warmth and joy. It was also a huge honour to meet Margaret from Alligators Mouth. A lovely children’s bookshop worth visiting in Richmond.
Nothing ventured nothing gained. What a great saying. The Tap-Dancing Pigeon and I are thrilled to announce that we have been invited to Sharjah to take part in their annual children’s reading festival in April from 13th to 17th April. I will have the chance to inspire children to fulfil their dreams, live in the moment, believe in themselves and visit their schools and perhaps be not he radio and television. I feel honoured.
I have designed this poster to celebrate National Storytelling Week 2020. This week is a lovely chance to spend some quality time with little people to show them how amazing books really are and how important they are in society. Our local bookshops really need our help. What with films out there with amazing animations and online bookshops, it feels as though books are a dying art. Lets all do our part to inspire the younger generation and show them how wonderful local libraries and bookshops are in our world.
Pigeon and I will be at St Christopher’s church in Hinchley Wood on Saturday 23rd November for two book readings. The first one is at 10.30am and the second is at midday! There will be signed copies available. Pigeon’s journey is the perfect Christmas pressie as its all about children fulfilling their dreams and discovering London interwoven with the important message of the impact of human littering on our local wildlife. If you are around, do pop along. There will be other fun stalls too!
Wednesday 13th November, Pigeon and I were invited to Esher Church School. We were greeted by a crowd of 180 smiley and curious faced children, at their Year 1, 2 and 3 assembly. For the first time ever my nerves were silent. i do believe that practice is really important. Prepare with perfect pigeon precision before any pigeon performance! Afterwards the children asked some questions like:
How did you come up with the idea?
Why Covent Garden?
I felt really good afterwards. I feel like I can do anything now. I will continue to strive to spread the word about how important it is for children to understand the following messages:
Pigeon and I had a book reading event at Dittons Libary in Thames Ditton, Surrey. We had a great turnout with children aged between 2 to 10 years old. I was very happy as the older children seemed fascinated by the story of The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden. I do believe there is no age restriction with regards my first book. It has a wonderful underlying message that children are taking in without even realising it, which I now know that children of an older age are very much interested in and do appreciate. Please do bring your older children along to one of my future events.
On 29th October 2019, Pigeon and I had a book reading event at Esher library in Esher, Surrey. It was wonderful to be reading The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden to local people so close to our home. The children were amazed that Pigeon could actually coo and they were given the opportunity to cuddle him afterwards. It was so sweet! I love watching their facial expressions when I am telling the story because my book is such a rollercoaster of emotions and drama!
On 19th October 2019, I was given the opportunity to read my book at the store! At 3pm, crowds of little inquisitive people spilled into Waterstones and waited in anticipation to hear Pigeon’s story. Seven years ago, I was working in Covent Garden and used to spend my lunch breaks in this bookshop. So as you can imagine this was truly a dream come true to be able to read my published book in this store. It is so important to focus on your passion and really strive to achieve your aspirations because their are so many amazing benefits from creating and making your dreams come true.