Wilts & Glos Standard Competition: TEN signed books!

Photograph courtesy of the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard

Photograph courtesy of the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard

The location was prime, the weather was typically British, and I remembered my pen. 

Last Thursday, I had a top secret meeting with Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard at Octavia's Bookshop in Cirencester - The Bookseller Best Independent Children’s Bookseller 2013 - to talk about my picture book debut with Hodder Children's Books, 'The Queen's Hat', and to plot a HAT-TASTIC contest to win one of TEN signed copies.

Photograph courtesy of the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard

Photograph courtesy of the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard

Love Cirencester. It was my home for years and I studied at Cirencester College for a year, so it was so cool that the Standard contacted me about a feature & contest. The contest idea was theirs and I knew it was a perfect because The Book Sniffer held a similar contest last Thursday, which was a LOT of fun.

To find out exactly what I'm talking about go read the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard!

The Book Sniffer holds crazy Queen's Hat Comp on Twitter

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The Book Sniffer @maybeswabey is holding a really funny #hatcomp over on Twitter RIGHT NOW. I've been laughing all morning at all the photos! The winner gets a signed Big Ben print (from 'The Queen's Hat'). Just for fun, here's me wearing a sombrero, a visor and a cat that wouldn't be a hat. Thanks to The Book Sniffer for holding such an entertaining and engaging contest on Twitter - it's fantastic to see people having such a laugh with their hats (and 'hats'). Hats off to the pug! I'll post more about this later.

'The Queen's Hat' release: a countdown, a contest and more!

Inspired by an amusing news article, THE QUEEN'S HAT is a bonkers book about London, the wind and a butler with excellent tray-balancing skills.

Inspired by an amusing news article, THE QUEEN'S HAT is a bonkers book about London, the wind and a butler with excellent tray-balancing skills.

OK, I am building up to the May release of  THE QUEEN'S HAT:  a book that was simply inspired by a newspaper photo, which I happened to notice, of the Queen holding on to her hat on a windy day. (In fact, the book was just an exercise in sequential illustration for a uni project. I never really expected it to become my first book!)

Firstly, I'll be in this week's issue of The Bookseller answering questions about the book. I'm mega flattered that they wanted to feature my first book!

Secondly, I will be holding a 10 day countdown to THE QUEEN'S HAT with things that happened OUTSIDE the book via my blog, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag: #TQHcountdown

Thirdly, I've teamed up with The Book Sniffer to hold an exciting CONTEST via Twitter (details are to be confirmed, but chances are it will involve audience participation) where you can win a signed Big Ben print from the book, and a signed copy of the THE QUEEN'S HAT. I've also answered some rather amusing questions for the Sniffer's specially themed blog post too, which will be posted later! The Book Sniffer is such a great blog, and I'm super stoked to be collaborating with the literary world's most revered pug.

And I might have a few other things up my sleeve too.

After the release, I'll be out and about. I've got a spot at both the Hay Festival and Hoo's Kids Book Fest, PLUS I'll be live drawing images from 'The Queen's Hat' in the window at Foyles grand opening of their new flagship store in London! All event details are HERE.

Phew!

Win a signed print of this illustration from the 'The Queen's Hat'!

Win a signed print of this illustration from the 'The Queen's Hat'!