At Hay today...

Another Hay-day- this time with Torie and Emily to keep me company! We arrived in plenty of time to explore the bookshop and to have a hot chocolate before our first event...

Oliver Jeffers! As none of us had ever heard him speak and we all love his books, it's true to say that we were all a bit excited! Oliver was funny and engaging, encouraging children to come onto the stage and make marks for him to change into pictures. He read several of his stories and talked about where his ideas come from. The session flew past so quickly!

Next Torie and I headed into Hay to Richard Booth's Books where Jackie Morris was artist in residence. Her artwork is stunning and it was a delight to see the picture she was working on (a fabulous dragon) up close. Meanwhile, Emily was listening to Chris Riddell in his Laureate's Farewell talk.

Next was another of our longlisted books- 'A Poem for Every Night of the Year', compiled by Allie Esiri. This fabulous book contains some amazing poems which were brought to life during the session by Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney.

Their readings of poems like 'The Owl and the Pussycat', 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', 'Talking Turkeys' and 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?' were accompanied by the incredible live-drawing talents of Mr Chris Riddell, who never seems to take a moment's rest!

It was an enchanting session with beautiful words delivered with passion and humour.

We managed to catch up with the lovely, Sarah McIntyre as she was signing books. The cover of 'Wed Wabbit' by Lissa Evans (our next event) was illustrated by this talented lady so she signed our copies too!

Finally, we went to see Lissa Evans. 'Small Change for Stuart' has long been a favourite with us and that and Lissa's latest book, 'Wed Wabbit' have both been books read by our teachers' book groups. It was great to hear Lissa speak about her inspirations and ideas.

Next Hay-day is Friday- if I can wait that long!