For those of you that don’t know… October is the Children’s Book Festival, which means authors and storytellers and illustrators and other types are scurrying up and down the country delivering workshops and talks and events in libraries and schools. It is a brilliant and insane time of the year.
Children’s Books Ireland have lots more info here about the festival, and they also have a shiny and free Recommended Reads guide that comes out every year.
I’ve been doing things for the festival for the last number of years and every year I forget just how much energy you need to be around a bunch of kids, some of whom may not want to be there, and to try to get them excited about books and reading and storytelling and writing. Sometimes you get very lucky (happened me today, so off to a good start!) and they’re super-creative and full of ideas and the challenge instead becomes to try to make sure they’re getting words on the page instead of just keeping it all squished inside their brains. Sometimes they’re really interested in what you have to say about writing and publishing and ask loads of questions, or you end up having brilliant and mad conversations about books and stories, and everyone leaves fizzing with enthusiasm.
I’m doing a good mix of author visits and workshops this year and really looking forward to it. But oh the energy. Much tea. Much, much tea will be had. See you all on the other side…