This week I went to a book launch at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology It’s one of those hidden gems in the city –small, unassuming, not on the tourist track yet filled with all kinds of fabulous artefacts. My favourite was a pair of socks which divides toes into two pointy sections. It was the perfect place for the launch, the book in question was Inbali Iserles’ The Tygrine Cat on the Run, a follow up to the original The Tygrine Cat which follows Matti, the last remaining member of an ancient cat dynasty who finds himself in Cressida Lock (a fictional location reminiscent of Camden Lock). We also saw a fantastic animation created by one 16-year-old fan which acts as a kind of trailer for the book.
Inbali will be running a fantasy-writing workshop for all the 8-12 year old budding writers you may know at our JBW Kids day at the Jewish Museum on February 13th . This year’s line up includes Horrid Henry creator, Francesca Simon, stand-up comedian turned children’s writer Andy Stanton and London stories for the under fours with Vanessa Woolf. We’ll also have readings from our winners of the 2011 Children’s Poetry Prize (which are currently being scrutinized by this year’s panel of judges).
Meanwhile, certain elements of our adult programme were under attack, which is never pleasant, but we’re grateful to have received overwhelming support from so many people who believe in the productive power of dialogue. Our audience, it seems, vote with their feet and tickets are selling fast.
Despite having a confirmed programme for several weeks already, last-minute surprises always crop up. Today’s is that we have an addition to our 2011 programme, Peter Mandelson will be at the festival on our final day, Sunday 6th March, speaking about his memoir, The Third Man. You heard it here first.
Next week our pre-festival events begin and they roll all the way to the festival.
Bring it on.