A very very long time ago (back in the 1980s) I was a student at University College London, living with 8 medics and a linguist in a totally mad student house in Wood Green. It was fantastic to be back there – Wood Green, not the totally mad student house – on Sunday, for a festival run by the Big Green Bookshop (tagline: “Let’s open a book shop. What can possibly go wrong?”)
The children’s bit took place on a wet Sunday, at an empty local primary school, and it was FABULOUS. Hilary Freeman mentioned here a little while ago that it would be happening, and here she is with Keren David, just before their wonderful talk about writing edgy YA fiction:
I wish we could have recorded it. It was really, really good. Then I got together with Holly Smale, who wrote Geek Girl (big hit) and CJ Daughterty, who wrote Night School (also big hit) and we judged a short story competition entitled ‘A London Journey’, which was very difficult indeed, because all the entries were so good.
The winner was Orli Vogt-Vincent, who wrote a wonderful, sad story mixing homelessness, the London riots and the fascination of a vintage shop. Orli is no stranger to fiction prizes or this website. Well done, Orli! Her prize was to become a character in my next book. I’m just finishing the one to come out next year, so this will be the one after. Look out for fiction-Orli in 2015!
Here I am with Holly, who is gorgeous, and CJ, who is also gorgeous. Can anyone see what else they have in common … that I don’t? (Yes, that would be height. Sigh. I need a box to stand on, like Tom Cruise.) We had such a good time. Must do it again.