Today, Torie and I made our way to Foyles in Cabot Circus, Bristol to meet Sean Taylor, who was appearing as part of their 'Storybox Festival'.
Neither of us had been to the Bristol branch of Foyles since it had moved- and we were very impressed by the light, airy store and its lovely children's section.
The session started with Sean encouraging us all to join him in a song to help him learn all the children's names! Accompanied by a drum, he sang a Brazilian song in Portuguese and then told riddles which the children had to solve to earn a story!
I am a huge fan of 'Hoot Owl' (already reviewed!) and was so pleased to hear Sean read it to the gathered audience! It is a wonderful story (illustrated by Jean Jullien) and the children were joining in and really enjoying it!
Sean explained that he is a 'story idea collector'; he always has a pen with him and finds paper to jot his ideas down as they come to him. Dreams, conversations, films, school visits... anything might give him an idea! Although he said he started writing at about five years old, Sean told us how he is still learning now, trying to improve all the time.
After more singing (and some dancing), Sean shared some poems with us- some written by him and some by others- before gathering ideas from the audience and writing a shared poem with us all.
He ended the session by reading us his new book, 'Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh!' Full of delightful illustrations by Kate Hindley, this is an amusing story which will be reviewed here soon!
It was a lovely session! Thank you to Sean- and to Foyles Cabot Circus for arranging it!