Chicken House came north yesterday. Well, I say ‘north’, but Manchester’s not north really, is it? For those of us who live in Newcastle, anything on the
wrong south side of the river is . . . well, south. And anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that north = honest, tough and honourable, while south = well, if you watch it, you’ll know what south means.
Anyway, the event was a huge success – as Chicken House events always are. The room was filled with librarians and booksellers and bloggers, as well as an excellent collection of authors including Melvin Burgess, David Massey, Sam Hepburn, Fletcher Moss and Stuart Hill. Oh, and I also had the chance to meet fellow ‘Allsorts-er’ the lovely Kate Ormand, who had bravely come along and thrown herself into a room full of people she didn’t know – which must have been terribly daunting. Annie Everall from Authors Aloud was there too, and even the Book Witch came along (there are more details and photos of the event on her blog). Cat and hat were left at home though, and the witch came by train rather than broomstick, so I’m not convinced she was really a witch at all.
Oh, and making our way from one venue to another, I was lucky enough to have Melvin Burgess on hand to lug a box of My Friend The Enemy proofs for me. It was a warm day and saved me from developing an unsightly glow.
- Chicken House at Cornerhouse (bookwitch.wordpress.com)
- The hit, By Melvin Burgess (independent.co.uk)
- Melvin Burgess’s bucket list (guardian.co.uk)
- Melvin Burgess: my favourite children’s books (telegraph.co.uk)