Friday, 9 October 2009


I've had a great week in Huddersfield, Manchester, Surrey, Colchester and Gloucester. It's been Children's Book Week. And quite tiring.

Tomorrow I'm at Cheltenham Literature Festival. I'm very excited. One, because it's such a famous festival, so it's an honour to be here. And, two, because it's the first Reads United event with Helena Pielichaty, author of Girls FC. We've a few dates set up already and Cheltenham is our debut.

I'm in a posh hotel here in Cheltenham. I've already seen Michael Portillo (ex-politician, who could have been Tory leader) - at Paddington - and Hilary Mantel, newly crowned Booker winner in the hotel.

I went for a run this morning. And tonight. My new hobby. I am trying to be fitter. My calves ache like mad. I've overdone it. I'll probably have to be carried down to breakfast.

Looking forward to seeing Dan, Ben and Dan tomorrow.

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