Another eventful month, professionally, and a traumatic time, personally (but I won’t go into details here).
We have now completed all our spring launches and events.
The launch of Martin Johnson’s Robert Macfarlanes’s Orphans took place at Emmanuel College Cambridge at the end of February.
Before the event Martin and his wife Gail had lunch with Robert at the College. It just so happens that Martin was at Emmanuel in the 60s and Robert is now a fellow there. We were joined at the launch by colleagues, family and friends in the Old Library. Photos of the launch appeared in our Spring Newsletter. Please sign up for it here if you missed it.
Our next launch was in early March for Anna Vaught’s Hapless Ally at Mr B’s Emporium, Bath. This was the most crowded event I think we have held so far and the bookshop was absolutely teeming with people.
It was lovely to see old friends such as Sue Jacquemier and Teresa Foster with whom I worked at Usborne; Patricia Sechi (former colleague at Franklin Watts); Jill Newton, Pudding Press illustrator; Joc Bury, journalist, who coincidentally lives in same town as Anna; and a friend of my husband’s, Alan Smith. They hadn’t seen each other since their days at Colchester School of Art over 45 years ago!
Our next date was the Essex Book Festival event at Wivenhoe Bookshop. Poet Mark Brayley kindly opened the proceedings and read from Suzy Norman’s Duff and there were further readings by Danielle Wrayton and Martin Johnson.
Our final event for the spring was on Saturday 19 March at Red Lion Books in Colchester
for the launch of Danielle Wrayton’s The Wallowbang Tree published under our Pudding Press imprint. Danielle’s two daughters, Hallie (playing Granny Sparks) and Maddy (playing Rosie) enacted a scene from the book and Ian Chapman kindly acted as the narrator.
We also launched the last of the Godfrey titles: Godfrey’s Clever Inventions by Mike Fryer. The other two titles are: Godfrey and the Stars and Godfrey’s Flying Adventure. Mike made a wonderful model of Godfrey the gargoyle with his friend the pigeon, but you can’t see all of the pigeon here!
So, thanks to everyone who participated in all the launches and events.
Before the Pudding Press launch, an article about Danielle appeared in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard:
And she appeared on BBC Radio Chelmsford on Monday 14 March:
The book was designed with dyslexic children in mind. Danielle has written about this on her own website:
Further news is that our writing competition is now closed. A few volunteers are sifting through the entries which will then be passed on to the judges. We will be publishing an anthology, including short-listed entries, for 2017. And, Patrician Press will be included in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2017.