Bags of Books (and bags of fun)

A big thank you to the wonderful Bags of Books bookshop in Lewes, for hosting a mermaid event on Wednesday.

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Bags of Books is a beautiful children’s bookshop in a beautiful town so I am always really happy to pop back for a visit.

We had a morning of storytelling and sparklyness. It was fun discovering what everyone’s mermaid names were and the girls made some beautiful mermaids:

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Thank you to everyone who came along and joined in the fun!

There are a selection of my signed books available at Bags of Books, so do pop in and take a look.

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Hope to see you again soon!

Sparkly mermaid launch!

Big, sparklesome thanks to everyone who helped make the launch of Estella and the Falling Star a great success. Thanks to Susie Tyler for doing some brilliant drawing; Tiverton Library for hosting and helping to organise the event; and to everyone who came along and joined in.

The morning started like this:

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and soon became like this:

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The story is about a stargazing mermaid, so the children made some lovely, sparkly mermaid pictures…

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Amy read some of the story to the children:

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and Susie did a live drawing of a mermaid, with help from the children:

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The children had some wonderful creative ideas about how the mermaid should look. At the end, Susie invited everyone up to help colour in and decorate the page:

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And this was the final result:

Susie and finished mermaid

We also announced the results of our mermaid colouring competition: congratulations to everyone who take part, and particularly the wonderful winners and runner-ups.

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At the end of the morning, Susie and Amy sat down to sign a book or two:

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We were greatly helped by the two cups of tea (on the left of the picture) from Susie’s magical bottomless flask. And you can just see a glass dish next to them, which once contained delicious chocolate stars. (They seem to have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Ahem).

So, thanks again to everyone for helping our mermaids to come into the world with a splash. We’re looking forward to running lots of other exciting events again soon!






The mermaids are here!

What could be inside….?

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But it’s not my birthday…


Yes, the mermaids are officially here!

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A splash of mermaids!

We are now all set for the launch tomorrow! There will be much merriment, magical mermaids and more than a sprinkle of sparklyness!

(If you can’t come to the launch, but you would like a signed copy of the book, you can now buy it directly from us here. 5% of royalties is donated to a wonderful charity called ICP Support).

Thanks to everyone at Matador Books for their help in producing the book. Susie and I have had such fun creating ‘Estella and the Falling Star’. And big thanks to Lucy Cuthew and everyone who has encouraged us along the way. Now it’s time for the mermaids to go out into the big, wide world, to spread a little magic and a little mischief…