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Author: Pamela Butchart

PHOTO DIARY OF A WEREWOLF TOUR (A Dundonian in London)

Today’s guest post is by Pamela Butchart, author of the Pugly, Wigglesbottom Primary, and Baby Aliens… series, on the book tour for her newest book, There’s a Werewolf in my Tent! (illustrated by Thomas Flintham).

‘There’s a Werewolf in My Tent!’ Book Tour:

4 days

4 indie bookshop visits 

6 Waterstones book signings 

Schools visits for 950+ pupils

1 invitation to the glitzy Nibbies

1 BBC Woman’s Hour debut 

1 pair of the hairiest werewolf ears EVER

I’ve just returned home from my mini-tour of London to promote my new book ‘There’s A Werewolf in My Tent! And I had an absolute BALL! 

Thank you to Queen’s Park Books, The Alligator’s Mouth, Pickled Pepper Books and Tales on Moon Lane for inviting me to spend time in your GORGEOUS bookshops!

Highlights include getting to draw on the fabulous Tales On Moon Lane wall and spend time with the lovely Corinne: 

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(Those weird lumps turn into a vampire rat. Just in case you were wondering.)

And scare the living daylights out of some Year 4s who are actually about to go off on a camping trip next week (such luck!):

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Getting to meet some of my biggest fans at the fantastic bookshop, The Alligator’s Mouth:

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And judge the werewolf drawing competition:

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Visiting the wonderful Coleridge Primary School with the lovely team at Pickled Pepper Books:

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Reading from WEREWOLF for the very first time at Queen’s Park books:

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Meeting these wee Pugly fans:

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And getting my pic taken with Woody and his awesome Shark scooter. Woody scooted into Queen Park Books with his mum to buy ‘Shark in the Pool’:

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I also had a fab time signing books in lots of lovely Waterstones bookshops. I learned that Waterstones Piccadilly is a very romantic place (I got all the goss) and that my accent can be as terrifying to some as an actual werewolf: 

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I left a few booksellers baffled (and slightly afraid – the ears didn’t help) by giving them a crash-course in Dundonian (my accent kicks in big style around 5.30pm). Sorry Waterstones Hampstead:

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I was so happy to have been able to visit so many bookshops and schools during my time in London. 

And THEN I also got to attend the (very glitzy!) British Book Awards with my wonderful friends at Nosy Crow…who only went and won Children’s Publisher of the Year!!! HOORAY! 

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It was such a proud evening. Well done to everyone at Nosy Crow and to Camilla who was shortlisted for Editor or the Year and Ola who was shortlisted for Rights Professional of the Year.  

I had a fabulous evening and although I managed to stop myself from being too much of a fangirl, I went a bit selfie-daft:

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And I wouldn’t leave until I dragged Axel Scheffler and the rest of the Nosy Crow gang into the photo booth:

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The next morning (bright and early!) I was lucky enough to be invited on to BBC Woman’s Hour to chat with (the very funny!) Jane Garvey about werewolves, homesickness and hairy legs (the episode aired yesterday):

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I had a FANTASTIC time! 

Thank you to Nosy Crow for inviting me to London and for taking such great care of me (I’ve returned home as a person who cannot fend for themselves and who expects food to appear in front of me every few hours). 

Thanks also to Catherine, Frances, Louise and Clare for spending time with me and for making sure I got from A to B without getting lost on the tube or distracted by dogs, cats and lovely London pigeons. 

Most of all, thank you to all the parents, teachers, school librarians and booksellers who brought children to the bookshops and organised school and bookshop events. YOU ARE ALL AWESOME! 

Until the next full moon!

Love & pugs 

Pamela x x x 


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Dr Pamela and the Wonderfully Weird World of Children’s Books!

Today’s blog post is by Pamela Butchart, award-winning author of the Baby Aliens series, the Pugly series, the Wigglesbottom Primary series, and Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon.

When my journey as a children’s author began I had a sneaking suspicion that life as I knew it was about to get even more BIZARRE!

I wasn’t wrong!

A lot of exciting (and slightly bonkers!) things have happened over the past couple of years…

I officially opened a Reading Igloo (made entirely from recycled milk cartons!):

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Book research led me to attend my first ever Pug Party:

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I dedicated ‘Pugly Bakes a Cake’ to 17 pugs (who were then the VIP guests at the book launch):

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I wrote a shakespeare book called ‘To Wee or Not to Wee!’:

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I was given a BLUE PETER BADGE (and was on TV!!):

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I dressed up as a pimento-stuffed olive on World Book Day:

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I even did the first ever wedding day book shop signing (our wedding day coincided with publication day):

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However, something happened a couple of weeks ago that TRUELY takes the crisp!

The University of Dundee decided to award me an HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE!!

Here’s me BARELY able to contain my excitement, looking over at my husband and family as I become ‘Dr Pamela’!

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My mum was chuffed when the uni sent a car to collect us on the Big Day. On the way there she told me that she thought this graduation was even better than my first one (awww).

When I asked her why she said it was because she didn’t have to pay for this one!!

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It was great having a Stage Seat! GOOD POINTS included getting to watch the faces of all the excited graduates come up on stage to collect their degrees (one of them was an ex-pupil!).

NOT-SO-GOOD POINTS (1) dropping my doctorate hood in the middle of the ‘Serious and Quiet Bit’ when we were all standing up (of course) and (2) clapping so much I sort of forgot how to use my hands (which must’ve looked a bit weird).

And then I had to give a SPEECH.

It’s all a bit of a blur. I’m told I mentioned Kanye West (twice), the X Factor and chips and cheese. (Don’t worry – there was some serious and hopefully inspiring stuff in there too!).

The rest of ceremony was FULL of surprises! Including the wonderful (and HILARIOUS!) Dean of Education’s speech which included him reading out ‘Rate My Teacher’ reviews he’d found about me online!!

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(Tim is awesome! I’m so pleased that the person who leads some of our future teachers is someone who is down-to-earth, kind and full of FUN!)

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On stage surprises continued as the Chancellor, Lord Patel, randomly whipped out a copy of my book, ‘To Wee or Not to Wee!’ and asked me to do a surprise reading of my retelling of Macbeth to the hall full of new graduates!

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The reading went down well (phew!). The crowd seemed to like the bit where Lady Macbeth (Bethy) is RAGING because she has to go to the shops and do a buffet at the last minute when Macbeth tells her the King’s invited himself over for a party.

I decided to forgive the lovely Lord Patel and sign his copy of the book in the fancy Robing Room after the ceremony.

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It was an honour to meet Lord PateI. He’s probably one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.

Plus I LOVE his party trick! (He has an uncanny ability to remember if he was at someone’s birth during his 30 years as Head Obstetrician at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

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Lord Patel also became my Mum and Gran’s BFF for the day (and I think my gran might have even asked him for a date!).

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Backstage, EVERYONE was talking about my mum’s fascinator since they’d all seen my Tweet about how she’d run off to buy one as soon as she’d heard the doctor-y news! (Bless her.) It really was a beautiful piece of headwear and everyone was suitably impressed!

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For me, a personal highlight was being the first ever person to sign the Honorary Graduate Roll with an orange Sharpie. (The Queen Mother used a normal pen when she was the first person to sign it in 1967 – I checked).

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My mum got so excited she even went home and did a costume change before the evening reception!

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Pamela Lawrence, from the Alumni team, took excellent care of me all day! We had loads of fun visiting a creative writing class on campus where we had to make up stories on the spot (my husband absolutely stole the show with his random monologue of a disgruntled florist!)

And although I’m yet to find my Crisp Twin, my dad DID keep mistaking ‘The Other Pamela’ for me all day!

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I had a FANTASTIC day! Principal Pete Downs, and all the university staff were absolutely outstanding (and SO much fun!).

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A huge thank to the the University of Dundee for awarding me this honour. And for all you did for my family and friends on the day.

You guys ROCK!

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Love & pugs

Dr Pamela x

Thank you, Pamela! You can read the opening chapters of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher, the first book in the Baby Aliens series, below:

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10 Things I Have Learned Since I Began Writing at Home – a guest post by Pamela Butchart

Today’s blog post is by Pamela Butchart, award-winning author of the Baby Aliens series, the Wigglesbottom Primary series, the Pugly series, and Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon, on the things she’s learned since she began writing at home…

For three and a half years I was a full-time teacher who wrote books in the library on evenings and weekends. Since deciding to become a part-time teacher last year, I’ve been trying to write from home. Here is what I have learned about myself, others (and cats) in that time.

    1. Cereal is delicious at any time of day.
    2. The delivery man will become accustomed to your ‘Writing Clothes’.
    3. When a book isn’t going well suddenly EVERYTHING needs done around the house (when was the last time that plant we NEVER dust was dusted??). I think the worst example of this was when I found myself on my hands and knees unscrewing the shower drain.
    4. TV is not your friend. Google is not your friend. Twitter is not your friend.
    5. Part-time work colleagues (formally your full-time work colleagues) will consistently tell you how much they wish THEY worked part-time, too. And you will feel the need to remind them that, actually, you DON’T work part-time (and they will look at you like they don’t believe you).
    6. Friends and family think it’s funny to say, “So, what time did you get up today then?”
    7. You will feel judged by the window cleaner for wearing pug pyjamas and eating cereal at 3pm.
    8. You will gain a detailed, comprehensive knowledge of solar panelling and feel bad for not giving to every single charity in the world.
    9. Cats are jealous of laptops.
    10. It is totally possible to write the last 1,000 words of a book while a cat stands on your neck.

 

It might be time to get back to the library…

Thank you, Pamela! The latest book in the hilarious Pugly series, Pugly Solves a Crime, illustrated by Gemma Correll, is out this month – you can take a look inside the book below, or order it online here.

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