And the kids go crazy…

I spent the morning introducing children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson to a school full of 7-11 yr olds. I’ve never seen that many kids so excited about meeting a writer before – and who says books aren’t cool!

Unfortunately I left my camera on a table in a cafe after the event. Doh! Hopefully I’ll be able to track it down and post some photos to the blog from the event.

It’s always a little odd meeting famous writers. They are never quite as you expect them to be. It’s especialy odd when you get to know somebody through their writing – you build up an image of how they look and behave based on the chracters they write. The odd thing is that even when there are nothing alike there is always something of a person reflected in their writing.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

One thought on “And the kids go crazy…

  1. Also attending Jacqeline Wilson’s Overdale visit was Lydia Towsey: consort to Damo and all round good sort. She made tea and fetched biscuits, even if she did do most of the drinking and dunking of them too. She also took most of the afore blogged about pictures, so was mightly displeased about the loss of their electric light box home. Luckily, Captain Damo saved the day and you’ll be pleased to know did indeed manage to retrieve the camara from the cafe and post the pictures to the internet. Hurrah! If you get the chance to look at these pics (Damo’s Lit Website) you should be able to get a fair idea about what went on.. Jac turned up; a tiny little queen of a woman dressed entirely in black, and crowned in the most jelousy inciting silver jewellery you’ll ever see… Loads of small children went crazy… A pack of media people took up residence for the morning. This last was quite surreal. You know how you always imagine media people to be hyper-real in a scarily fabulous, TV advert, kind of way? It’s actually true. The woman from Central News was thinner than I thought humanly possible. Seriously, turn her to the side and she disappeared. She was also ridiculously pretty and dressed head to (absurdly high heeled) toe in fabulous courture. Sigh. I watched Damo closely for signs of betrayal but am supicious to report finding none. Mmm.



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