At this Talbot Heath School event I was also lucky enough to be able to catch Melinda Salisbury talking about her extraordinary book the Sin Eater’s Daughter and stunned to hear that she wrote the first draft in three weeks. Amazing! I also heard Andrew Butcher, of the SpyHigh series, which was a great treat. Martin Brown, illustrator of the horrible histories talked

brilliantly, unsurprisingly illustrating his interactive talk very well. His new book, Lesser Spotted Animals, sounds superb. It was also terrific to see some of the teachers there whom I had recently met when I was there recently presenting to the children, which made me feel very welcome. I can hardly wait for next year. It was a fun, well organised event and very much worth attending.

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