Hay-on-Mud

Never have I performed my Buzzing! show to such a fabulous collection of wellington boots as at the Hay Festival last week!

Welly boot wearers peeking in as I was setting up for my Buzzing! show at Hay

Welly boot wearers peeking in as I was setting up my Buzzing! show at Hay

It was ever so slightly wet there. And ever so slightly muddy. As you can see:

The Hay Festival artists' car park

The Hay Festival artists’ car park

Fortunately, Mike Barfield and I arrived well prepared:

Mike Barfield and I arriving at the Hay Festival suitably wellied

Mike Barfield and me arriving at the Hay Festival suitably wellied

As did my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books:

With my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books

With my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books outside my venue, The Cube

My Buzzing! show went well:

Performing my Buzzing! show at the Hay Festival

Performing my Buzzing! show at the Hay Festival

And the children asked all sorts of fascinating minibeast questions afterwards. (Most of which I was able to answer!)

Then we repaired to the Hay Festival bookshop, where I had a lovely time chatting with lots of children (and their parents and grandparents) and signing copies of my Buzzing! book for them.

Book signing at Hay

Book signing at Hay

More book signing at Hay

More book signing at Hay

The book signing continues ...

The book signing continues …

I was very chuffed because this was my first opportunity to see the reprint of my Buzzing! book (yes, the first print run has sold out!) This version has a slightly different front and back cover, and looks good!

My first glimpse of the new reprint of Buzzing!

My first glimpse of the new reprint of Buzzing!

Thank you to everyone who made my day at Hay possible, from Mike Barfield (who not only is an A1 chauffeur, but also put on an excellent show called SWAT! based on his excellent book of the same name), through publishers Nicola and Hugh Loxdale, to the lovely young lady from the Festival who escorted me throughout my stay and saw to my every wish. Now, I believe she was called Cleo, but I hope she will forgive me if I have her name wrong. (I did warn her at the time that names are not my forte!)

With the very helpful Cleo, from the Festival

With the very helpful Cleo, from the Festival

All in all this was a mightily muddy day I shall never forget!

I was back at the Festival three days later to take part in a Radio 4 programme being recorded in the BBC tent. However, that’s another story …

Anneliese Emmans Dean www.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life

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