Hong Kong Young Readers Festival and Somerset StoryFest

In the last couple of months I’ve been lucky enough to speak at Hong Kong Young Readers Festival and Somerset StoryFest. Both such good experiences. I met and reconnected with lots of great authors, organisers and readers. I talked Tom Weekly, Two Wolves, The Fall and my new novel Detention. I ate thousands of dumplings, met my first unicorn and was slimed. Mission accomplished.


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With young reader, Ben, at Hong Kong Young Readers Fest. Pic by his Mum, Maureen, from #SCBWI Hong Kong.

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With Jennie Orchard, master fundraiser for Room to Read and one of the kindest humans you’re likely to meet. She showed me around Hong Kong as she has done with many other authors and also arranged for me to speak at the festival!
Hong Kong Young Readers Festival merch.
Street art, Hong Kong.
SCBWI Hong Kong
Dinner with Young Readers Fest participants and SCBWI Hong Kong members!
Hong Kong Harbour.
These girls smashed the high score on the Tom Weekly: My Life & Other Exploding Chickens video game.
I found one!
Hong Kong street view.
I spent five days sharing my stories and helping students tell theirs.

Signing books after a StoryFest session.
On the first day of the fest, Belinda Murrell was slimed to raise money for Room to Read.

On day three it was my turn. We raised $1067 for girls’ education in the developing world through our slimy antics.


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