World Book Day and Ox Comic Con – whoosh!

It’s been a CRAAAAZY week! I started my events on Tuesday, when Cathy Brett and I did some Electrigirl workshops at Burford School (where I’m patron of reading)

The daring duo meet again!
The daring duo meet again!
Cathy drawing a dog wearing a bra, on a tractor, eating grass. Because of course!
Cathy drawing a dog wearing a bra, on a tractor, eating grass. Because of course!

Then on Thursday, I spent World Book Day itself with the students of Rye St Antony in Oxford, who were fab and really enthusiastic. Huge thanks to the librarian Florence, who also organised the most beautiful bunch of flowers for me!

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Then on Friday, I drove over to Chipping Norton to help out with the lovely booksellers Polly Jaffe and Patrick Neale at the Biggest Book Show On Earth – starring three of my lovely author pals: Katherine Rundell, Cavan Scott and Steve Cole. Also on the bill were Julian Clary, David Roberts, Steven Butler and debut author MG Leonard, who taught us facts about beetles I won’t forget! Here they are after the second show (they worked very hard to engage 600 children over two shows!)

Photo courtesy of Cavan Scott (second from left) who's been blogging for Girls Heart Books for ages but until Friday, we'd never actually met!
Photo courtesy of Cavan Scott (second from left) who’s been blogging for Girls Heart Books for ages but until Friday, we’d never actually met!

And as if that wasn’t enough fun for one week, yesterday I toddled along to the first ever Oxford Comic Con, where OUP had a book stall, and Cathy and I were invited to do an event!

OUP staff member Caroline had Electrigirled her arms with lip liner in the lightning pattern Holly has in the book!
OUP staff member Caroline had Electrigirled her arms with lip liner in the lightning pattern Holly has in the book!
Cathy and I ready to strut our stuff!
Cathy and I ready to strut our stuff!
There was quite a bit of downtime, so Cathy did some drawing...
There was quite a bit of downtime, so Cathy did some drawing…
...quite a LOT of drawing...
…quite a LOT of drawing…
And I bought myself a pendant that anyone who knows me will laugh at. I have a tendency to be tactless because I speak before I think!
And I bought myself a pendant that anyone who knows me will laugh at. I have a tendency to be tactless because I speak before I think!
Author pal Susie Day attended in cosplay - as BB8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Complete with roller skates! The effort was rewarded as she was declared a prize-winner in the cosplaying competition!
Author pal Susie Day attended in cosplay – as BB8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Complete with roller skates! The effort was rewarded as she was declared a prize-winner in the cosplaying competition!
Designer Holly from OUP gets up close and personal with Chewbacca, while Frazer (dressed as a unicorn) takes their photo
Designer Holly from OUP gets up close and personal with Chewbacca, while Frazer (dressed as a unicorn) takes their photo
And Cathy and I couldn't pass up the opportunity for our own photo with Chewie and the photobombing stormtrooper!
And Cathy and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for our own photo with Chewie and the photobombing stormtrooper!
One of our customers got really into the Electrigirl vibe
One of our customers got really into the Electrigirl vibe
Cathy drew Caroline - isn't it amazing!
Cathy drew Caroline – isn’t it amazing!
Andfinally - me in Manga style, thanks to artist www.chitan-garden.blogspot.com - I'm really chuffed!
And finally – me in Manga style, thanks to artist http://www.chitan-garden.blogspot.com – I’m really chuffed!

 

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