London in January is not always the location of my dreams and this year it has been a challenge to get myself into the country and to honour my engagements.
Last week’s journey over on the Eurostar was not the easiest. Then, from Friday to Sunday, I was battling my way in and out of the city, from Kent to Earls Court for the France Show. There were moments when I wanted to say, ‘this is not possible – too much snow, too many public transport cancellations,’ but I arrived on time every day to the Exhibition Centre where the France Show was being held. Smiling faces greeted me, readers keen to chat and to hear my news and to see the clips from our newly-completed Olive Route films. I was not the only one who had to face the snow. All of you who came along had also braved the freezing weather.
I hope you all agree, if you were there, that it was worth it. I had a terrific time. A splendid gathering from my Facebook page, OLIVE FARM, arrived to cheer me along and to enjoy a fine lunch. Many attended the talks and bought DVDS of the films and/or books. I really appreciate that. YOU are what makes the work special. Thank you.
Since Monday, I have been working in north London at IDAudio recording two more audio books for the Scholastic My Story series. The first four in this series will be published, I believe, in April. We will be recording the next four in April. If you have youngsters from nine upwards, I think they would thoroughly enjoy this series of books. They are terrific fun to record and, for me, it is an excellent opportunity to don my ‘acting cap’ again.
So, a busy ten days draws to a close. Busy and memorable. Thank you.
What’s next? I will be returning to France tomorrow to host a few more public screenings of our Olive Route films, but the next seven weeks are being dedicated to writing. I have a book for Scholastic to get to work on and the adult novel I have spoken of to push forward. Then it is off to the States in April. We are beginning to post the scheduled dates on the Events list, as they are confirmed. If you are in the States and would like to come along, please keep an eye on this website. I am hugely excited about this trip and greatly look forward to meeting some of you there.
That’s it for now!