Book signings galore!

Here’s a wee round-up of my August book signings, following the publication of my Flying High! bird book this summer.

So, we start in Waterstones in York, where The Nest Test was first put into action (see middle photo below):

Book signing at Waterstones, York, 5 August 2017

Book signing at Waterstones, York, 5 August 2017

One of the highlights of this signing was the completely unexpected appearance of Marcus – yes, the very Marcus after whom the Marcus poem on p. 148 of Buzzing! was named. (You can see Marcus-the-person holding Buzzing! up at said Marcus-the-ladybird’s page in the left-hand photo above.)

Moving on, then, to Wardle & Jones bookshop in Scarborough:

Book signing at Wardle & Jones bookshop in Scarborough, 19 August 2017

Book signing at Wardle & Jones bookshop in Scarborough, 19 August 2017

One of the undoubted highlights of this book signing was Mabel, the Wardle and Jones dog! (Seen here in the arms of Wardle & Jones store owner Rachel.)

And then on to the UK’s City of Culture, where you are met off the train by a poet (one Philip Larkin), and where I was book signing in Waterstones:

Booksigning in Waterstones in Hull, the UK City of Culture

Book signing in Waterstones in Hull, the UK City of Culture, 26 August 2017

One of the highlights of this book signing was stroking a little girl’s imaginary hamster. (And a softer, sweeter hamster you never did come across!) Another highlight was selling more books than JK Rowling! (I can say this with confidence as I was sitting right in front of the Harry Potter shelves.)

What all three of these signings had in common was the joy that performing my poems to and with so many children gave me. Watching their faces light up during the poems was priceless. Particularly special was when children performed poems from the book to me. It’s a thrilling experience to watch and listen to your words being lifted off the page by a child.

So, the next book signing is … well, it’s not in a bookshop, but it’s part of York’s Heritage Open Days. I’ve been invited to spend the morning of Saturday 9 September at the historic Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate in York – the theme of the day being ‘Aspects of the Garden’. I’ll be there from 11(-ish). See you there!

Thank you to all three of these bookshops for hosting me. If you fancy a book signing in your bookshop, or in a bookshop near you, just get in touch!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life

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York Authors launches

Do you know who writes what in York? No, neither did I. Which is one of the main reasons I came up with the idea of York Authors. And last Friday York Authors held its official launch, at Waterstones in Ousegate, York.

Anneliese Emmans Dean launching York Authors, in Waterstones, York. 11 October 2013

Anneliese Emmans Dean launching York Authors, in Waterstones, York. 11 October 2013

Little did I think as a Saturday girl in the 1980s at Songs and Stories, a book shop-cum-record exchange just off Ouse Bridge in York, that I would one day be standing in a crowded Waterstones, surrounded by fellow authors and book readers, launching a group championing published writers in York.

Want to know who these authors are? Here are some photos of us taken at our launch event (by members Alan Gillott and Carole Bromley):

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If you missed the event and would like to find yourself a good read written in York, check out my handiwork, the York Authors website. As I had suspected, there are loads of talented people writing books in York – and now there’s an easy way to find these books and contact their authors.

At the York Authors website you’ll find non-fiction and fiction books, poetry and plays, books for grown-ups and books for kids, books set in York and books set further afield. All written by authors living here in York. There are samples for you to read and links to help you buy the books online.

If you’d like to buy the books in person, Ken Spelman bookshop in Micklegate, York, now has a special section of books by York Authors. And you’ll find our books scattered through Waterstones too.

Many of us are available to come and talk to local book groups, libraries etc. Just check out our profile pages at the Who’s Who section of the York Authors website.

And you can follow us on Twitter @YorkAuthors.

Thank you to everyone who made the York Authors launch such a success. And to all the York Authors who have been contributing their time and expertise to help get our organisation up and running, and put us on the cultural map of York.

Anneliese Emmans Deanwww.theBigBuzz.biz – Bringing poetry to life