Hope you have all been keeping well.
Back in December I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the parenting and child expert Sue Atkins who talked to me about my book Goodbye Mother Bear, my struggles with Dyslexia and my inspiration. Although Sue was a warm, down to earth person to talk to, I still struggled with my confidence and my self-doubt. Last year was not the best of years for me as I was ill with both my health and depression, so I expect that did not help much with my confidence. Although I am now slowly on the mend, I hope that I can start building my confidence once again. The video is now live on YouTube so click on the link and check out the other interviews Sue has uploaded with other authors. If you are an author, maybe you would be interested in being part of her book club family too? You can find details on her website.
Yesterday was World Book Day where we get to celebrate the world of books. I remember when I was a young child and was at The Orchard School in Molesey. I was about 6 or 7 years old and I dressed up as the famous scarecrow Worzel Gummidge which was also a very popular TV show back then starring the great late Jon Pertwee. My parents bought straw which they stuffed up my sleeves, trousers and neck which was a bit itchy but really quiet cool. However, during the course of the day, the straw fell out in clumps and I ended up leaving a trail wherever I went. I still remember the poor caretaker sweeping up after assembly by that afternoon. By home time I had far less straw then when I had first started with.
Sadly, there is no photograph of me in my gear but memories like that do last a lifetime and I am glad children are still dressing up today and this is proof how important books are.
Please remember to support your local bookshop and your local authors.
Until next time.