Never let it be said I'm not game for a challenge...
After Friday's diagnosis (see Croaking to a Halt), I figured I'd have to cancel this Saturday's event: 'Reading Heroes', a big Family Day in Ashton Town Hall, where I was doing 3 storytelling sessions. But I really hate letting people down, and my presence there had been won as a prize, so I felt doubly guilty.
Then I thought some more, and realised I am much more an illustrator than an author, and could still draw...
I never thought they'd go for it: it did sound a bit mad, but I offered to bring all my props and direct operations, in a Marcel Marceau kind of way, if a librarian would assist with the actual reading. I could draw pictures on a flip chart to match the story, and we'd play it by ear.
Marcel Marceau didn't blow his nose quite as loudly but, that apart, it didn't turn out too bad. Librarian Ruth Lomas was a star, diving in at the deep end to read several stories she'd not seen before, as well as singing my made-up songs! I played commander-in-chief, whispering in Ruth's ear. The kids took it all in good part and seemed to have fun.
The day had an added bonus: I met excellent comic artist SmS (yes, that's his name), also there to draw with the children. He even got them 'life drawing' the rather scary men wandering around in Starwars stormtrooper outfits! Plus I met Sam the Bubbleman: self-styled bubbleologist, proud owner of a Blue Peter badge, and in the Guinness book of records for the biggest bubble ever! I got to watch him put first a small child, then a big child and then a 6ft man INSIDE a big bubble:
What a strange and interesting day!