Co-host of Boomers On Books, Vince Stephenson (author of the invaluable book ‘The Fear Doctor’) is such a nice chap. He really helps with making one feel calm, relaxed and he asked some really interesting questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this new experience.
I was lucky enough to have my two author friends that I met on Twitter supporting my podcast, namely Joanna Paulson and George Yushasv. Each is a talented, award-winning and best-selling author. They are hugely inspirational and I wholeheartedly recommend seeking out their Twitter profiles.
As you know, I love designing posters to compliment my literary experience and The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden; so discover another below!
I have designed this promo below to celebrate the wonderful moment when Pigeon discovers his passion is tap-dancing. I have moments of nostalgia myself. Here a blurb from my book.
Pigeon peered down below and saw small people tap tap tappity tapping with their feet across in a large empty hall in time to the ting, ting, ting-a-ling. Pigeon watched in wonder as they moved gracefully across the floor before disappearing behind a big curtain.
When the dances had finished and Pigeon had eaten his supper, the sun had disappeared. The full moon shone against the darkness of the night and little twinkles appeared in the night sky. It was cold and windy and Pigeon felt alone for the very first time in his life.
In the animation you will see Pigeon discovering his passion for tap-dancing after remembering the feelings he felt from the scene he had experienced the night before. I hope you like it. Press play and imagine how he felt in that very moment.
An invisible force of pure happiness and excitement flowed through him.
I am very sad and disappointed to announce that all of the festivals that I have been selected for have been cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus. Also all of my events at schools and bookshops have been cancelled. All we can do at this time is our best and to come back fighting strong. Fingers crossed I will have these amazing opportunities again. We must all reflect on what is important and stay present in the moment. Stay at home, stay safe and healthy.
21st March 2020 – Sustainability story time collaboration – Claygate Arts Festival
12th April to 19th April.
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
7th April – Waterstones, Kings road book event.
Postponed – 19th April – Eco Festival
I am still waiting to hear if Barnes Literature Festival is cancelled.
I was asked some wonderful question’s by the children of Soho Primary. I also think it is nice to ask the children questions as well. Some of my favourite questions to ask are:
What are their greatest passions?
What would they like to be when they grow up?
I asked whether any of them had visited Covent Garden and one little girl put her hand up and said “I live in Covent Garden”. Now that was a cool answer. I responded with “Then you must have seen Pigeon tap-dancing next to the opera singer. It was such a sweet moment honestly.
Today was different to every day so far in my life as an author. I woke up, had brekkie then smeared my face with blue paint, slipped and zipped up my onesie, put my hood up and waited for the paint to dry. After a few moments I was ready for the finishing touch, my yellow beak. Can you guess who I was? My youngest daughter jumped up and down with excitement and shouted ‘PIGEON!’
Pigeon was unsure though. So was I when I opened my front door and ran to my car. A pigeon driving a car did I hear you say? Noooo it cannot be! (chuckle).
The morning was full of laughs. I put 300% in to my performance. The children were all dressed up as different book characters and Pigeon and I were very impressed!
Here are some animation to show you how the day played out…
Today Pigeon and I drove to Putney. The traffic was a nightmare and I felt very flustered when I arrived. I literally arrived within a minute of 10am and rushed into the assembly hall, where lots of little people were sitting waiting patiently for me. I am a person who likes to get everywhere super early so you can imagine I was flapping! So was Pigeon!
What a lovely school. The teachers were super friendly and the children full of intrigue. I felt more confident in my interactive storytelling after practicing the day before. I introduced myself and talked about what inspired me to write The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden, introduced Pigeon and off we went into the story.
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!
On Tuesday 12th November I visited another nursery/preschool. It did not matter how many times I practiced my storytelling, I was still full of nerves. I think this is a good thing, as it’s really excitement building up. This was the largest group I had shared The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden with. Forty five, 3 to 5 year olds entered the room and sat down with their legs crossed. So many little faces staring up at me. Waiting for me to speak. I love storytelling my book. I completely believe it it’s message and I have learnt it off by heart so that I can act it out with passion. The children did not move a muscle until the end and then they could not wait to hug Pigeon. The teachers took some lovely photos of the children with him. The next week I received a lovely poster which you can read below. This experience gave me the confidence for my next big pigeon performance!