Events

Book Week 2018 (A bit belated)

I had an amazing book week earlier this year but I haven’t posted about it yet for reasons that will become apparent…

First stop was  Torbridge High in Plymouth, where they matched their book of the week poster with my galaxy hair! This was such a lovely welcoming school, I had a fabulous day.

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I travelled North via Bath  fulfilling a dream to visit this amazing city… I even got a chance to swim in the legendary spa waters – though not these ones, that’s not allowed…

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I arrived in Gloucester, where even though it  snowed, only one school cancelled. I arrived early at a very organised Katherine Lady Berkeley School:

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I caught up with wonderful author Bryony Pearce before moving on to Wycliffe where they absolutely spoiled me rotten!

I was so glad I made it. It started snowing pretty seriously and my next school had to cancel but I squeezed in one more, and I’m so glad I did,  Dean Close School was an absolute delight – they even put me up for an extra night because I got snowed in!

 

Thankfully I got back in time for a  Very Important Fencing Competition in London. If I came in the top 3, I had a high chance of being selected to represent Great Britain. And guess what?

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I did!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get selected – I’ve missed a lot of competitions from injury and illness and I don’t have experience of fencing abroad – all things to work on – one day it’ll happen!

After the competition I headed back to the South West for the Concorde Book Awards which was HUGE fun . I won Author Top Trumps and Author 101 but I was only runner up in the actual award which went to Joshua Khan – curse him! Still, I did get to hear the pupils talking about More of Me which was amazing!

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And then…I was laid low by the flu.  And that is why this post didn’t get written because there is no pushing through with the flu. No amount of Lemsip will make your limbs work, or your brain function in a normal  way so I gave in and spent a fortnight quietly editing my new book from my sofa.

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To be fair, there are worse places to work…

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I’m fully recovered now, my edits have been turned in and I’m nearly finished writing my third book so it’s about time I caught up on blogging.

P.s. I’ve already got two schools booked in for Book Week 2019,  so do get in touch with Author’s Abroad if you’d like to book me. I’ve got something super exciting planned for next spring too – because after a mere three years, I’ll have a new book! There’ll be a new talk on Self Esteem and Social Media that will definitely feature my very swollen lips after an encounter with tooth whitening toothpaste…

Kathryn Evans is an award winning author and accomplished public speaker – if you’d like to book her for an event, please contact Authors Abroad.

Events

Author Visits with Kathryn Evans

What  does an author do on school visits? What’s the point of them?

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For Readers

World Book Day 2017!

World Book Day is almost upon us and I’m super excited!  When I daydreamed about being a published author, school visits were one of the things that occupied a lot of my procrastination time (school visits and book launches…true fact that) . Continue reading “World Book Day 2017!”

Events

#LostandFound in Liverpool!

How to Make the Most of A Book Tour Stop by Kathryn Evans

Liverpool: home of The Beatles; city of friendliness and unity and latest tour stop for the Lost and Founders! And my goodness did we pack a lot in.

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#LostandFound outside Write Blend, Liverpool.

 

I  met up with the rest of the team, and after surviving a road crossing that might give me nightmares for years,  we celebrated Orangeboy author Patrice Lawrence’s amazing Costa shortlisting before heading out to a lovely event at Write Blend, a gorgeous independent book and coffee shop run by the hugely energetic and charismatic team of Bob Stone and Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes. The audience were warm, friendly and interested and there was a teen identical twin in the audience which made Sign of One author ( and identical twin)  Eugene Lambert, very happy!

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Patrice Lawrence’s Costa Shortlisting deserves champagne!

After the event we had a lovely catch up over a late dinner and more celebrating – well, there was Sue Wallman’s Zoella selection for Lying about Last Summer to toast, and we’d never raised a glass to Olivia Levez’ starred Kirkus review for The Island,  or the Carnegie nominations and EdBookFest prize for More of Me …we had a lot of celebrating to catch up on!

 

The following day we had two school events organised by Sally-Anne and Bob. First stop,  the amazing Alsop High School – boy the energy of those 300 year 8’s! The interactive element of my creativity talk was very enthusiastically engaged in…luckily Sue and Olivia were happy to help  with the tidying up afterwards.

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Olivia and Sue help clear up 300 paper planes!

 

We had time to chat with some of the children as we signed books afterwards and they were great. Also, there was cake, Sally-Anne knows the way to an author’s heart is through a buttercream filling…yum.

 

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Olivia, Eugene and Sue frantically signing books!

In the afternoon we headed to Merchant Taylors’ Girl’s School for a literary lunch with some of their Year Eleven’s. It was such a special session – Year Eleven’s are so often caught up in pre-exam work that they miss out on author visits, and these girls were so interesting and interested, I’d have loved a bit more time to chat with them all.

Next we had a panel discussion with Years Eight and Nine. They were utterly delightful and we had plenty of time afterwards to sign the books they were very keen to buy.  Olivia and I felt a bit like rockstars as they pressed forward with books for signing – it was a wonderful way to round off our Liverpool tour stop.

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Five Authors and Merchant Taylors’ delightful girls!

Sometimes I have to pinch myself it’s not all a dream.

 

 

 

Events, The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

What’s it Like….Planning School Visits

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Did someone say dressing up?

What a fool I am – I thought I was breaking ground, talking to school librarians about what they really want from a school visit. Of course I wasn’t! Still, researching this post has kept Bad Shouty brain mostly in check this week – and I’ve learned stuff! Continue reading “What’s it Like….Planning School Visits”