I’m so relieved to be back to weekly bites after far too long of frivolous travelling tales, that I suspect I’m going to overdo things ever so slightly.
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlists were announced this week, and the authors are Ross Collins, Chae Strathie and Emily Golden, Alison Murray, Ross MacKenzie, Franzeska G Ewart, Joan Lennon, Nicola Morgan, Teresa Flavin and Theresa Breslin.
Here is a photo of them, and although it claims to be all of them, I feel Nicola Morgan seems a little missing. Love the terrace thingy they are standing on.
There seems to be a special relationship between authors in Scotland, which is why when Barry Hutchison was out shopping, or whatever, he took this picture of the collected works of Gillian Philip in the bookshop in his home town. Very nice.
Though, niceness isn’t limited to the north. Cornwall down at the other end is a nice place too. One of Liz Kessler’s fans got to meet her on the beach at Perranporth. How on earth they managed such glorious weather I have no idea.
Then we have the bit in the middle, aka Manchester. Here is a photo from the talk Melvin Burgess did earlier this week for the Manchester Salon.
A couple of the people with their backs to the camera above, can be seen from the front here. They are Kaye and James from the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, and the laptop they and Carol Ann Duffy are gazing so fondly at is showing the new website for mcbf. I suspect they are planning lots of very nice stuff for next summer, so it might be worth checking out.