I was in Prague at the book festival ‘Svet Knihy’ last week. I did a talk and book signing at the festival. The sun was shining and people caring books were smiling, and they were everywhere.
I was invited to the festival by Jitka Netusilova who runs an internet shop ‘anglictina hry.cz’ selling English picture books and games for children who speak or are learning to speak English. Jitka is a friend and has been promoting and selling my books for a long time now.
Once I was in my home city I thought I would make a little holiday out of it, so I stayed for a couple of days.
But I had also a book to promote. It’s only recently that ‘Dlouhá cesta’ (The Long Journey) was published in the Czech Republic. ‘Dlouhá cesta’ is my very first book written in Czech and published by a Czech publisher – ‘pinwheels’.
So as a result of this I spent most of the mornings going around schools and nurseries talking to children and drawing a lot. It was fun, we laughed a lot and I met lots of nice friendly people as well.
When I got back I had a couple of nice emails telling me how much children enjoyed the talks and how they felt inspired. I was sent some pictures to prove it.
These pictures are from children who attend ‘TIP TOES primary school’ in Brandys. It was a nice morning and apart from picture books we talk about collage, wax crayons and watercolour painting as you can see.
I have more schools and festivals to visit before the summer, but I’m looking forward to it!