I've started educational visits early this year.
It's unusual to be doing them yet. Normally things finish around mid November until the end of February. This is very good news: last year was very busy, but I suspected once National Year of Reading was over, things would dry up a bit.
My first event of the new year was a Saturday morning storytelling session, for family groups at Clay Cross Library in Derbyshire.
We had a good turn out and they were a really nice bunch of people. I was impressed that several of the mums had a go at the drawing bit too - normally grown-ups get a look of panicky terror if I offer them paper and pencil.
The children all designed these monsters and, as you can see, even Gran got stuck in!
I moved to Chesterfield library in the afternoon, for a talk and workshop.
There was one little boy who I was keen to meet. The week before, Miles's Mum emailed me a dragon story he had written. It was a bit scary, but rather exciting and really good for someone only 7 years old. I met the author in person, with his Dad, at the library event. He gave me a newly revised copy of the story, so I did him a drawing of a dragon to take home! I'll be putting Miles's story on the website shortly.
This is one of the sketches I did on the train that morning.