A few weeks back, I attended a book signing with the previous Children’s Laureate (2015-2017) Chris Riddell, with his latest book Guardians of Magic from the Cloud Horse Chronicles. The venue was my local independent bookshop Linghams in Heswall, who have won many awards over the years for all the effort they have put in to encouraging readers, promoting authors and hosting a multitude of interesting literature events on a regular basis.
If I am honest, as an aspiring author myself, I felt quite nervous and in awe of meeting someone who has not only achieved success in the field but also been officially recognised for his effort and lifetime work. Two things made this book signing really special for me. Firstly Christ Riddell took the time to illustrate each book with a picture of a bear as well as his name and secondly he put everyone at their ease by chatting comfortably to them while he sketched and signed. He was incredibly down to earth. It really was an honour.
My children are thrilled with the book and I have made a short recording of them talking about it.
Thanks to Linghams, for hosting this wonderful event. I look forward to returning and hopefully participating in my own book signing for Postpixie Missing in Action which is due to be released next month.