Seawigs at the Oxford Literary Festival!

Yesterday I took my eldest to an event at the Oxford Literary Festival. I was very much looking forward to it because it featured Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve. I’ve met Sarah at a handful of events over the years and she’s a wonderful person who always wears the most amazing outfits. I’d not met Philip before but he’s been blogging for Girls Heart Books and doing a great job too, so it was really nice to be able to say hello face to face.

Their collaborative book, OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS, came out last year. I know that they like people to wear interesting headgear if possible (and costumes, though we didn’t go that far!) so at the very last minute (literally an hour before we needed to leave for the bus), I threw together a couple of Seawigs for me and Jemima:

Jemima had a big yellow fish and I had an (unifinished) octopus. There was hasty sewing on the bus on the way in! Photo by Sarah McIntyre
Jemima had a big yellow fish and I had an (unifinished) octopus. There was hasty sewing on the bus on the way in! Photo by Sarah McIntyre

We had a great time at the event. Philip and Sarah are fab entertainers. They read extracts from the book:

IMG_5677sang a song about sea-monkeys:

IMG_5680signed books:

IMG_5682and had their photo taken with Jemima and another girl who had come dressed as Iris, the short-sighted mermaid in the book!

IMG_5684Jemima and I even had a go at drawing our own sea-monkeys:

IMG_5689It was a really fun event – many thanks to OUP, the Oxford Literary Festival and Sarah and Philip!

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