OK, you may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around Wear the Old Coat recently. I have no excuse except the usual GOSH DARN REAL LIFE getting in the way.
I have good news and I have bad news.
The bad news is it’s probably going to carry on being a bit quiet for a bit.
The GOOD news is that’s because I’m going to be in Cheltenham being all literary and festivally.
I will be hobnobbing with authors such as Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson, Elizabeth Wein, Nick Lake, Sally Gardener, and attending talks about publishing, writing and reading. Yeah, I know. It’s going to be brilliant!*
Oh, except the closest to hobnobbing with said amazing authors will be me sneaking a packet of hobnobs into the tents and munching on them while they talk. Can you take snacks into literary festivals? WHAT IS THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING BISCUITS IN FRONT OF YA AUTHORS?
Don’t get too sad though because I will, of course, be taking my trusty notepad and a biro that will undoubtedly leak all over my hands and get smudged over my face. And I will be writing up all these events and telling you all about it.
And of course I will manage to get myself into a few ridiculous situations like, for example, when I nearly sobbed on Patrick Ness.
But until then… in a bit.
*I was supposed to be going to see Sir Terry Pratchett talk about his new book Dodger but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances and pesky grandmas (isn’t it always?), I will be hurtling up the motorway and back on the same day on the Sunday. Needless to say, I am gutted. But there are plenty of other things that I am incredibly excited about so YAYAYAYAY. I’ll try and find a gentlemen with a black hat and a beard and ask him to stand across the road from me and I’ll take a picture and we can all pretend it’s him, deal? :)