Strictly Come Bookselling: Nosy Crow authors take-over Mostly Books!

On Saturday, July 6, Mostly Books will be handing over the shop keys to three amazing authors from fabulous children's publisher Nosy Crow. They will be running the shop, serving at the till, recommending their own favourite books and giving out writing advice, interviews, and doing story times. There will also be a chance to have afternoon tea with them.

We will be putting our feet up, drinking coffee and eating cake (OK, we might be on hand to give advice occasionally...).

During the day you will have the opportunity to:
  • be served at the till by a real, live author!
  • have afternoon tea with an author! (ticketed session – please book your place for this)
  • have one-to-one advice, conduct an interview or get feedback on your writing! (Again, there are only a few slots available - please let us know if you would like us to book you a slot)
  • win giveaways from Nosy Crow all day 
(If you want to book a place - email us with who you would like to meet)

Here is who you can expect to be standing behind the counter with cheery smiles and loads of bookselling advice on Saturday July 6th:

Paula Harrison is the author of the 'Rescue Princesses'. She was born in Bletchley (home of the wartime code-breakers!) and grew up in Bedfordshire. About becoming a writer, Paula says "I always said I wanted to be a writer, but I didn't actually get round to it for quite a long time". She trained to be a primary school teacher and spent many years teaching. It was only after having her own children that she became serious about writing. Then she met lovely publisher Nosy Crow, who liked the Rescue Princesses idea, and the rest is history...

Paula has visited Mostly Books before. As well as the Rescue Princesses, Paula has written 'The Faerie Tribes' for slightly older readers...

Fleur Hitchcock started writing when she was eight when she wrote a story about an alien and a jelly. It was called 'The Alien and the Jelly' and filled four exercise books! She later went on to study English in Wales, and, for the next twenty years, sold Applied Art in the city of Bath. She soon went back to her first love by taking a ‘Writing for Young People’ MA at Bath Spa where she graduated with a distinction. She now lives outside Bath where, as well as writing, she works as a toymaker, looks after other people's gardens and grows vegetables.

Her books include 'The Trouble With Mummies', 'Shrunk!' and 'Dear Scarlett'. She recently visited St Swithun's School, where she proceeded to mummify some of the children...

Helen Peters is the author of 'The Secret Hen House Theatre'. She grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud. She spent most of her childhood reading stories and putting on plays in a tumbledown shed that she and her friends turned into a theatre. After university, she realised that she needed to find a job where someone would pay her to read stories and put on plays (though maybe not in a tumbledown shed) and so she became an English and Drama teacher.

Several years later, finding herself as a stay-at-home mother of two, she decided to have a go at writing the sort of book she’d so enjoyed as a child. Now that 'Hen House' has been published to such critical acclaim, she can hardly believe that she now gets to call herself a writer...
It's all happening as part of Independent Bookseller's Week - a week to celebrate and support indie booksellers up and down the country. There's loads of events taking place - we hope you'll get involved and come and join us for this exciting event!

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