|Me and my shadow getting edgy down at the library …|
Earlier this week I joined fellow Edge author Sara Grant for a Herts Lit Fest event at Rickmansworth Library with year 7 pupils from nearby St. Joan of Arc School. Here are a few photos from the day …
|Karen Stephens introduces the students to all the |
amazing FREE services on offer at the library.
|Sara reading from her brilliant dystopian thriller HALF LIVES.|
|Thanks to Judi for this great graffiti wall.|
After Sara and I had given the students a brief introduction to our books and a couple of readings, we reconvened for the Edge Graffiti Wall Panel. We were joined by librarians Judi and Melanie, and St Joan of Arc students Ella and Arfred to answer questions from the wall and the audience.
We started by asking each panelist for a book recommendation. It was such an interesting and varied list, I thought I'd share it here:
Arfred: Russian Roulette (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
Dave: Riot by Sara Mussi
Ella: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sara: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Melanie: Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt
Judi: Trash by Andy Mulligan
The panel was a lot of fun, with some tricky questions and unexpected answers. Huge thanks to everyone involved, especially Ella and Arfred—it's always great (and valuable to us as writers) to hear young readers' opinions, especially their thoughts on books.
Thanks also to Miss Turner and Miss Ryan for bringing the students to the library for the event; Karen Stephens for making it all happen; librarians Diane, Judi and Melanie, and Rickmansworth Library for being such welcoming hosts.
Finally, a special thank you to Melanie and the TRG (Teenage Reading Group) at the library who have been reading my novel Waiting for Gonzo and made these fantastic bookmarks.
For more information, or to book The Edge for an event, please visit the Edge blog.