The long-awaited 5th book in the Young David Series, David and the Grumpy King, is finally here! Come and hear yours truly and illustrator Amy Barnes read from and talk about this brilliant new episode in the life of Young David as he gets on the wrong side of the mad King Saul. Coffee, tea, juice, cakes, colouring-in and storytelling. Suitable for children 3 – 7 or anyone who wants a bit of fun!
Venue: Heaton Baptist Church, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: Sunday 23 March
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm
I’m very happy to see that Dr Mamphela Ramphele, the partner of the late Steve Biko, and former managing director of the World Bank, is standing for the presidential candidature of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa. Her autobiography, ‘A Life’, had a profound impact on me when I first read it 15 years ago and was the inspiration for much of the middle section of my novel ‘The Peace Garden’. The character of Poppy Fakile is loosely based on her experiences as a young woman. Do read it, it’s inspiring (Dr Ramphele’s book, not mine – but hey, if you want to read mine too, go for it!)
OK, so I’ve been overlooked for the Bafta’s yet again (I shall forgive them this oversight and vote for Judi Dench) but I have managed to wangle a cameo appearance in a promotional video for Speaking Volumes. If you look very carefully at the beginning you will notice my book ‘David and the Giant’ being read by the lovely Rosy Lozinski and her mother Laura. Rosy’s older sister, Lizzie, who was at school at the time of filming, is one of the Young David Books’ biggest fans. Also in the video is my pal and friendly local assistant bookshop manager, Justin Dummer. I’ve been proud to work with this charity of the last year. Check it out, perhaps you could get involved too … http://www.speakingvolumes.org.uk/