This week it's my turn to feature on Ella Wydrzynska's show The Storyteller which has been running for the last six weeks every Sunday from 2-3pm on Radio Lincolnshire.
The premise of the show is that each week a different children's author writes a new chapter of an ongoing story that is guided by the listeners. Did you ever play the game Cabbages? Or Consequences? It's a bit like that. Lots of fun!
The author is interviewed by Ella and the new chapter is read out to the listeners who can then tweet, text, email or call to make suggestions of what might happen next in the story.
You can follow the story so far by clicking here: The Storyteller BBC Radio Lincolnshire
NB: If you're not already signed up to BBC online you will need to open an account to listen.
This week I'm writing chapter seven of this whacky story and there are to be ten chapters in total. It began, with our hero, James and his mum down inside the Lincoln Sewage System on International Bring Your Children To Work Day (his mum is a top-rate Sewage Management Engineer).
Since then the story has gone wild, and now includes a mission to save the Earth from a pan-dimensional being called Galaxon who has managed to dress himself within the body of James' Mum.
James has teamed up with the Animalian Response Against Galaxon Horrendousness (ARAGH) to find the three protective rings before Galaxon does.
At the point where I pick up the reins, we are currently underground, deep within a video game along with James, Frank (a tracking badger), Skipper (James' Chinese Crested dog), Freya (James' best friend), Gerald (a black-beret wearing mouse and seemingly head of ARAGH) and Bob (a member of the Great Sinkhold Stink of Lincoln rapid response team), having just managed to capture Galaxon. Don't worry though because Trevor, the humungous crocodile is in control of Ring 2 at ARAGH HQ (SS Dishwasher). However, ring 1 has already been destroyed. Plus, Galaxon's parents may be assisting their son as they are fully formed evil pan-dimensional beings capable of creating Gnir, or anti-rings with the power to destroy entire dimensions.
Lost? Just think how I feel!
Seriously, it's a really fun, playful story and the show is such a good idea, capturing the imaginations of the listeners and taking the characters into all kinds of new and exciting adventures.
It would be fantastic if you would tune into Radio Lincolnshire on Sunday 1st September 2-3pm to show your support. Or you can listen on catch up. Here's the link again: The Storyteller BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Wish me luck!
Following the success of the Meet Your Author event at Cambridge Central Library in February we are doing another one!
The event will follow a similar format; a raffle, craft activities, picture book readings, quiz based treasure hunt, with the addition of workshops. In line with the Summer Reading Challenge the theme of the event is SPACE.
Helen Moss and I will be running an Out of This World Adventure Story Building Workshop. If you don't know Helen Moss or her books, click on her name and check her out - her stories are brilliant fun.
Lots of fun for all the family - FREE to come along. The workshops are charged at £1 but this can be redeemed for a raffle ticket (amazing signed book bundles and all kinds of goodies on offer).
If you'd like to come along it's on SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2-5 PM AT CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL LIBRARY.
*NB: A critique group is writers who share work with one another for constructive feedback. We're the Kings Cross Criteratti (as we used to meet monthly in Kings Cross) and are made up of N M Browne, myself, Sue Wallman, A M Dassu (watch out for her new book, Boy Everywhere), Zena Knox (another one to watch - very strong writing), Annie Harris (a wonderful illustrator/writer), and Sarah Day (amazing writer and jewellery creator - her day will come). Our group is full of strong, talented women who love and support one another all the time. We all work really hard and have been very lucky to find each other.
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