Tuesday wasn’t a festival day for Kate, but a work day. We finalised the acquisition of a novel – more news later – and caught up with manuscripts.
She made up for it with events on Wednesday: Eleanor Updale and Sharon Creech, Nick Sharratt and Guardian Children’s Book Prize longlisted Ally Kennan: all old friends that Kate’s published. Their events were – in ways that reflect their personalities and the age of the children to whom they appeal – entirely different. Ally Kennan, for example, was full of advice for aspiring authors, talking about about writing 50,000 words in November and the need to “reel the muse in with hard graft”, while Nick Sharratt had the audience dancing in the aisles to the Pants song after we’d composed fish poems – we shouted out alternative rhyme words and then voted for them.
In between events, festival going children lounged and read on deckchairs in the sun (pictured). A happy day in happy Hay.