The week before last at the Unicorn Theatre, I had a long conversation with Sara Whyatt, a friend of Siobhan Dowd’s from International Pen. Or rather, Sara had a lot to tell me. I can’t pretend to know enough about the areas of Pen, except to know they do very worthwhile work. Sara talked a great deal about an Albanian writer, and about plans they have for things to do.
Angels are all the rage, it seems. Lee Weatherly has some Angel books coming out later, but she’s not the only one. Isn’t it strange how things come at the same time? How does it happen? I mean, it’s easy enough to see the copycats once something has taken off. But when it all starts, without prior contact or discussion.
I can’t believe that Penelope’s new novel still isn’t out. And you know I mean Eleanor Updale, don’t you? Her Johnny Swanson still has a few weeks to go before it’s in the shops. P aka E sent me a lovely letter on Random’s special stationery featuring the cover design for Johnny, and it looks so good! Mum Clare did describe the cover design to me, but I can assure you it looks even better when you see it. Looking like an old newspaper, which is relevant to the plot, it’s got a drawing of Penelope, sorry, Eleanor, in full 1920s style clothes. I wonder if she got to dress up?
And Eleanor has a launch party in a couple of weeks’ time, which I can’t go to. It’s in a bookshop in Kew, which is somewhere the witch used to go a lot in the days when you got into the gardens for 10p. Now it’s in the region of £10, and less of a bargain for a green day out. But they do have a nice tearoom. Do you reckon I could persuade Mr Branson to give me a free annual ticket to London?
Nicola Morgan is trying to get some publicity in for her ‘soon out’ book Wasted, in between dealing with plumbing disasters. She says that she will hand out prizes to those who can unblock her kitchen sink the fastest. No, that’s not right. You have to become a follower here. Random prizes to random followers, or something.
And what’s your opinion of the new covers for Harry Potter? My press release says November, but somewhere else I saw July. Never mind. They’ll be here one day. Do we think they look Harry Potterish enough?
Finally, the young blogging colleague whom I’ve mentioned before, has taken up fiction writing on his blog. I say the adults have to look out. Very carefully, even.