The first week has been a bit of a whirlwind... but it has been brilliant fun. The messages and warm reaction to my new role as Laureate na nÓg have been really welcoming and I am looking forward to the next two years. Children's Books Ireland has gathered all the coverage here.
And I have been busy! Here's what day 2 was like:
7am- Taxi to RTE
9am- Interview on RTE John Murray's Radio Show
10am- Taxi to Brown Bag Films
12.30 Collected by the lovely Nessa who is the Laureates assistant. Fancy that!
1.30 First official event as Laureate na nÓg speaking at Barnardo's Literacy event.
2.30 Back to Brown Bag Films to work on visuals for The Hugglemonster show.
4.30- Interview Newstalk
5 pm- Attend actor records with director for The Hugglemonsters
11.30pm- Last train home and sleep. Phew!
Tomorrow, I will be giving the keynote address at The Children's Books Ireland Conference Weaving a Shared Story, which is taking place this weekend, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May. I've been collecting lots of old and new images to show there. The conference is always jammed packed with inspirational writers and illustrators and this year is no exception. On Saturday there is a talk by Jutter Bauer winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Medal. And Sundays line up includes one of my heroes Ed Emberley, we adore his drawing books in our house! Hope to see you there.