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The Postal Museum: Reading and Activities

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23rd October 2019 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm BST

 

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be returning to the Postal Museum in Central London on 23rd October for a day of craft and activities. From 11am, young visitors will get the chance to make their very own sliding train greetings card in the atmosphering surroundings of the subterranean Mail Rail depot. Then at 1:30pm, we’ll dive into the adventure of The Great Brain Robbery together, as I read a short extract and reveal how the story came about. We’ll finish off with a Q&A and a book signing.

This event is included in the price of your entry ticket to the museum.

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

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6th October 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm BST £7.50

The covers of The Great Brain Robbery and The Velvet Fox

The covers of The Great Brain Robbery and The Velvet Fox

I’m making my debut at Bath Children’s Literature Festival on 6th October, alongside fellow Newportonian Catherine Fisher, author of The Clockwork Crow and The Velvet Fox. We’ll be discussing our books and looking ahead to what might come next, as well as talking about our all-time favourite fantasy stories. Followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets are available now via the link below.

“TRAIN” ON TOUR

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P.G. Bell addresses a school assembly with a copy of The Train To Impossible Places in the foreground

P.G. Bell addresses a school assembly with a copy of The Train To Impossible Places in the foreground

I’ve been out on the road (and the rails) these past two weeks, taking The Train To Impossible Places on its very first tour of UK schools.It was a brand new experience for me, and a pretty nervewracking one to begin with – I’m more used to spending my days alone at a keyboard than standing in front of hundreds of eager children – but it was terrific fun from start to finish.

I spoke to more than 2000 children over six days, in schools as far afield as Bristol, Birmingham, Preston, Newcastle, Sunderland and London. I introduced them to the story and characters, explained how the whole thing came about, and encouraged them to think about their own creative processes. Then I enlisted their help in creating brand new impossible trains, crewed by some truly bizarre creatures. (My favourite suggestion was “a hollowed out pig, that uses the train to rescue live pigs from butchers’ shops.”) Everywhere I went, the children were engaged, enthusiastic, and absolutely brimming over with great ideas and questions. My very sincere thanks to them and their teachers for making me so welcome.

I was lucky enough to visit a whole range of schools, from wealthy private campuses to state schools in deprived areas, but the one thing they all had in common was a passion for reading. The teachers had been working very hard indeed to put reading for pleasure back into the school day, and it showed – most of the schools had really well curated libraries, which encouraged the children to pick up everything from classics to comic books. I really wish my primary school had had something similar!

P.G. Bell with Alicia and Miss Samantha Jones of Huntingtree Primary

P.G. Bell with Alicia and Miss Samantha Jones of Huntingtree Primary

Photo by Liz Scott PR

A highlight of the trip was meeting Alicia, aged 10, at Huntingtree Primary in Bristol. (You can read a bit more about the visit here.) She enjoyed The Train To Impossible Places so much she wrote a fantastic review, which she told me I could share. It’s simply one of the best write-ups the book has ever reveived, and certainly my favourite – it’s very nice being reviewed by adults, but it’s something else entirely to be reviewed by one of your own readers.

A review of The Train To Impossible Places by Alicia, age 10

 

My heartfelt thanks to Katarina and Jacob from Usborne, and Liz from Liz Scott PR for putting the tour together and making the whole thing go like a dream. And thanks again to every young reader and teacher who made it all so much fun.

I’ll be out and about again before long, and I’ll be adding details to the “Schools & Events” section of this site soon.

P.G. Bell addresses children in a school assembly

P.G. Bell addresses children in a school assembly

Photo by Liz Scott PR