I've had a great week in the South West this week....book signing at Waterstone's in Plymouth on Saturday and then an interview with Judi Spiers for BBC Radio Devon. Judi and researcher Danny, introduced me with an ABBA song...'Fly Like and Eagle'...no osprey songs, apparently! :0)
Meet the Sky Hawk osprey...his name has been chosen from the shortlist of the Young Times 'name the osprey' competition, and will be announced on Monday!!
Last week I travelled up to Scotland to meet Roy Dennis of the Highland Foundation for Wildlife to select and tag one of this year's osprey chicks. Read all about it on the osprey blog on my website (click on the osprey picture on the notice board)
I've been following the story of the Dyfi ospreys in Wales too, and found one of their great utube videos;
It's been full speed ahead since my return from Scotland. I've been busy arranging festivals and school visits and also I've been working on the final edits for my next book; White Dolphin...I've been given a sneak peek of the cover...and it's looking fab!
I will be travelling to Scotland in a week or two to tag the osprey sponsored by the UK, US and foreign publishers, so check out the osprey blog to read all about it and follow one amazing osprey. I'll be announcing the winner of The Young Times 'Name the Osprey' Competition soon too.
I was also treated to a suprise party by some brilliant friends who all clubbed together and handed me a huge cheque to sponsor two Gambian children through secondary school...I'm so thrilled to think that two children will have this opportunity. A huge thank you to my friends.
I was also given a beautifully hand bound copy of Sky Hawk, bound by my bookbinder friend, Rosy. She made blocks cuts of the eyes of the cover of Sky Hawk and put the image in gold relief against a blue leather background. It was signed by many friends and is really special. I've put some pics below. You can see Rosy's work including bookbinding, journals, photo albums and more at her website; www.blackcatbindery.com
Before she could walk, Gill was discovered force-feeding bread to a sick hedgehog under the rose bushes. Now her stories reflect her passion for wild animals in wild places. She draws inspiration from many of the people she has had the fortune to meet during her work as a vet, both at home and abroad. Gill has a masters degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and won the 2009 course prize for most promising writer. Her first novel was snapped up for publication within hours of being offered to publishers. She lives in Somerset with her young family and a motley crew of pets. She writes from a tree house, in the company of squirrels.