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I currently work as a school librarian at a school in Welwyn Garden City in Herts. I am also the Chair of the Federation of Children's Book Groups a National Reading and Literacy Charity as well as being founder of National Non-Fiction Day. I also work as an indepedent consultant to publishers, schools and librarans

Thursday, 9 July 2009

London Meeting

I had a really positive meeting yesterday up in London about a project that I have been working on for a while. I'm hoping that is going to become a big thing and another way in which the federation can get more people reading and enjoying books and in particular all types of books!

There will definately be more to come on this but at the moment I am keeping things under my hat!!

St Albans Literary Dinner

We held on Thursday the 2nd July our second Literary Dinner at the beautiful setting of the St Albans Abbey. As with most groups we run a lot of events for children throughout the year and decided last year that it would be really good to hold something for adults. I reprised the role of compere again this year and think I did a pretty ok job! We were really lucky to have a great line up of authors who all spoke about their books and writing and read from their books.
To open the evening Philip Ardagh gave us some anecdotes about his writing and his love for Aussie tv show Neighbours. Next Leander Deeny, actor and author, read from his book Hazel's Phantasmagoria' and acted out the scene from the film Atonement which he appeared in alongside Keira Knightley. To round the evening off we had Kevin Crosseley Holland - a writing hero of mine! - who told us about his writing and his love of myths and legends and old england!

On the whole it was a brilliant evening and one which we hope will be happening every year!!