It was ever so slightly wet there. And ever so slightly muddy. As you can see:
Fortunately, Mike Barfield and I arrived well prepared:
As did my publishers, Nicola and Hugh Loxdale of Brambleby Books:
My Buzzing! show went well:
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.
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!
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!)
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 …