Sizzling Summer Party

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Walker Books' Sizzling Summer Party, held in Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, in the middle of a heatwave (Tuesday July 15th) was a stunning affair, with some 500 guests. The ACHUKA camera was kept busy - so busy that I failed to chat with Anne Fine, Alan Durant, Bob Graham and many others I was keen to speak with. Anne Marley good-naturedly accosted me to let me know that there would be one man on the Carnegie/Greenaway judging panel next year, and that he would be over-representing librarians by some xy%.
I arrived with a limping James Berry. Apparently he recently fell offstage while doing a reading. (Thought that only happened to rock stars.) And the ever-convivial Laurence Anholt waxed lyrical about the latest Glastonbury. He's one of the stalwarts that have attended every year since the festival began. It was good to come across Walker's Stella Gurney across the chocolate fountain (she's in the spotted dress in the picture) and recollect a merry lunchtime threesome (well, no, not that kind) with Jessica Cowley, three years ago, just before Jessica returned to Canada where she apparently now holds a senior position in a broadcasting company.
David Lloyd, the Mad English Man in the Hat, delivered another of his impenetrably poetic speeches (this one was all about St Swithen). An agent told me that Walker Books are very resistant to paying large advances, so it's actually some of Lloyd's powerdressed counterparts that are the 6-figure-touting crazy crowd. God preserve the Man in The Hat, I say.

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lovely to see the pics
The editor of Young Writer magazine Kate Jones was my chairman of governors when I taught at the Margaret Allen Preparatory School in Broomy Hill in Hereford
you're doing a wonderful job
keep up the good work
thank god it's the end of term

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