Well, it’s nearly the end of the month, and it’s that time again when we say a sad farewell to some of our bloggers and shiny new HELLO to others!
I am REALLY sad that we’re losing Diane Messidoro and Kate Maryon, who have been with us since the VERY BEGINNING back in May 2011! Three years of fantastic blog posts from them both, so I’m going to share my favourite posts of theirs with you 🙂
Kate’s very first blog post was about all the jobs she’s had. She also shared her wisdom about writing and life and how we should all try harder to say the things that really matter to us. And she sang the praises of school librarians, and wrote movingly about the things she wished she’d known when she was thirteen. But the post that got us all over-excited was her latest revelation about girls being banned from reading books. A really fantastic April’s Fool! Here at GHB we’ll miss Kate’s beautiful heartfelt posts about life and dreams – come back soon, Kate!
Diane has delighted us with her hilarious doodlings over the years. Her first post was about her messy hair, but she’s also blogged about writing in the back of a van, the writer’s curse of the dreaded beanbag buttocks, and the truly astonishing Tick Tock Beep Beep Woo Hoo Knickers. She’s also reminded us on more than one occasion how we girls are JUST as important as the boys in this world, even though it doesn’t always feel like it. RAH RAH Diane! And we’d love to see you back one day too!
We’re also losing the very lovely and brilliant Julie Bertagna, Tommy Donbavand, Caroline Juskus and Philip Reeve – and if you click on their names you’ll find one of their posts too. Farewell and good luck with the writing, everyone!
But now on to the good news! We are being joined by some wonderful, wonderful people – and I’m not saying ‘writers’ because for the first time ever we’re being joined by someone who is an illustrator rather than a writer! Huge welcome to Mina May, the 13-year-old illustrator of the Wendy Quill books! Mina is the daughter of Wendy Meddour, who many of you will remember from Girls Heart Books as a regular blogger.
Also welcome to: Carina Axelsson, Julia Lee, Cavan Scott, Alex Campbell and Sally Nicholls! If you click on their names you can visit their websites. We’re totally thrilled at having them all on board, so look out for their first posts next month!