The Jo Cotterill UKMG Extravaganza write up!

Whew! What a fab day I had yesterday! 32 (yes, that’s right, THIRTY-TWO) authors who write books for the 8-12 age range got together at Nottingham Central Library to talk about their books to a packed-out room of eager readers! I am still recovering from the awesomeness, so here are some photos to give you a flavour of the event.

Thanks to Cas Lester and John Dougherty for being my chauffeurs for the day, to Julia Golding and Susie Day for travelling camaraderie, and to Paula Rawsthorne for her incredible compering. Biggest thanks of all to Emma Pass and Kerry Drewery for setting the whole thing up – RESPECT!

UKMG bunting!
UKMG bunting!
The library has our books on display!
The library has our books on display!
The audience listens to Paula explain how the afternoon will work - there was no room for the authors to sit down, LOL!
The audience listens to Paula explain how the afternoon will work – there was no room for the authors to sit down, LOL!
We were divided into panels of four to 'pitch' our books - L-R Tamsyn Murray, Cas Lester, Kate Maryon and Matt Ralphs
We were divided into panels of four to ‘pitch’ our books – L-R Tamsyn Murray, Cas Lester, Kate Maryon and Matt Ralphs
There were badges!
There were badges!
There was swag!
There was swag!
There was Kerry Drewery stealing the swag ;-)
There was Kerry Drewery stealing the swag 😉
There were Fleur Hitchcock's teeny tiny shrunken copies of her book SHRUNK (CLEVER!!)
There were Fleur Hitchcock’s teeny tiny shrunken copies of her book SHRUNK (CLEVER!!)
John Dougherty put the rest of us to shame by SINGING his book Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face
John Dougherty put the rest of us to shame by SINGING his book Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face
I love this pic. This girl is going, ‘I could have been at HOME…’
I went as Electrigirl, natch! (photo by the fabulous Chelley Toy, who is SUCH a supporter of all things UKYA and UKMG)
I went as Electrigirl, natch! (photo by the fabulous Chelley Toy, who is SUCH a supporter of all things UKYA and UKMG)
Emma and Kerry revealed the venue for the next UKYA/UKMG events - Newcastle!
Emma and Kerry revealed the venue for the next UKYA/UKMG events – Newcastle!
I delivered thank you presents to the organisers and clearly said something VERY witty...
I delivered thank you presents to the organisers and clearly said something VERY witty… photo by Candy Gourlay
So fab to meet up with lovely author pal Linda Chapman
So fab to meet up with lovely author pal Linda Chapman
Group photo by Peter Bunzl
Group photo by Peter Bunzl
Another group photo! Taken on my camera by the fab L.D.Lapinski - so nice to meet you!
Another group photo! Taken on my camera by the fab L.D.Lapinski – so nice to meet you!

Thanks to all involved behind the scenes as well – esp Library staff and Waterstones seller. I came home with a bag bulging with books too – that’s everyone’s Christmas presents sorted, cheers!

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