At a bookish gathering recently, Sheena Wilkinson talked about the importance of her ‘tribe’, the warm and welcoming group of children’s authors I’m proud to be part of.Sheena’s right of course. Writing can be a lonely business, and hanging out with people who know all about that can be very special.
Last weekend, I attended one of my favourite festivals in the world – Mountains to Sea, in Dun Laoghaire. Sadly I just missed Jo Cotterill, but I did manage to catch up with lots of old friends. I had an impromptu art lesson with Oisin McGann and Sarah McIntyre (who drew this lovely group portrait.) I chatted about history with Nicola Pierce, and I laughed with Sarah Webb, Philip Reeve, Chris Haughton, ER Murray and lots more.
It’s great to be part of a tribe!