It's been a busy month of events for Mostly Books with members of the team hosting authors and pop-up bookshops in a variety of different venues.
On Monday March 26th, YA author Peadar O'Guilun visited John Mason School with students from Larkmead School also in attendance. Peadar talked about the world he created in his books The Call and The Invasion to the group whilst keeping them entertained with his unique style of observational comedy. The following day he did a similar event at Matthew Arnold school. Peadar travelled from Dublin just to do these events and, given how much the team love his books, we were really happy to host him.
On Tuesday 17th April, Didcot resident James Bishop visited Rush Common School to talk to pupils about his newly published book Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Chesse Pizza. James, who was a runner up in a national writing competition run by TV's Lorraine, attended Rush Common as a boy so we were keen to get him back to the school to promote his book. The event was the first in James' book tour and it went really well! The children loved the book and enjoyed chatting to James as he signed their copies.
On Saturday 21st April, Mostly Books hosted a pop-up bookshop at the Kennington Festival of Arts at Kennington Village Centre. The festival was a celebration of books, humour, art, poetry and music and the books on offer reflected this. Talks were hosted by Korky Paul, Slyvia Vetta and Michael Smith, to name a few, and were interspersed with music, dance and a great selection of food and drink.
On Friday 27th April, the Mostly Books team returned to Chandlings School to host a book fair that had been postponed after the beast from the east caused the school to close over World Book Day week. The book fair is an annual event at Chandlings where children are able to browse a selection of books laid out in the school library before choosing one to take home with them. It's always a really fun day as we get to chat to the children about the type of books they enjoy and help them to choose something that they will love.
The inaugural Thames Con took place on Saturday 28th April and Mostly Books was there! The team hosted a book signing with Korky Paul and also offered a wide selection of books related to the celebrity guests in attendance. It was a lot of fun as the team was next to the entrance which meant that they were able to see all of the wonderful costumes as people arrived. It goes without saying that Sarah and Julia couldn't resist getting a sneaky picture with some stormtroopers!
On Wednesday 2nd May, book writing royalty Cressida Cowell came to Abingdon. Cressida is best known for her series of novels: How to Train Your Dragon which have been adapted for the big screen in an award-winning film franchise. Cressida did two school events, involving six different schools, and came into the shop for a book signing so there was a lot going on! It was an absolute pleasure to meet such an accomplised author and to watch as she talked to the schools. Her passion for writing and illustrating is apparent and and the children were totally enthralled. Cressida was talking about her book The Wizards of Once which came out in paperback on 3rd May.
Mostly Books also provided books for the Abingdon Quilt Exhibition and school events with Korky Paul (Unicorn and Thameside) and Jay Jay Burridge so it's been a busy few weeks!
You can see more photos of our events on our Facebook page here.