Hey guys!! This week, I’ve been helping Richard Bloss, the author of the fantastic book ‘About a dog’, with his book signing at Waterstones in Hull as well as an assembly and workshop at Bilton Primary School to promote the book signing. The two events also meant that I got to meet Richard’s adorable little dog called Barney who ‘About a dog’ is centered on. The experience overall was so amazing and I’m very grateful to Richard for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with him. So in today’s post, I’m going to be reviewing how I thought the book signing and our visit to Bilton Primary School went and sharing my interview with Richard.
OVERVIEW OF OUR VISIT TO BILTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Richard and I visited Bilton Primary School on 27th October to deliver an assembly to all of the children in key stage 1 and 2 and a workshop to 15 of the older children. Barney the dog came with us and all the children fell in love with him at first sight. They were all desperate to stroke him and Barney really was the star of the show with all the attention he got from teachers and pupils alike. The children enjoyed the assembly whilst Richard talked about his background, why he wrote ‘About a dog’ and read out a snippet of the book. After the assembly had finished, we took 15 children out of their normal lessons to give them a writing and drawing workshop. Richard started by video calling his son (Ben) who did all the amazing graphics for ‘About a dog’. Ben talked about how he’d drawn the illustrations for ‘About a dog’ and he gave the children some words of wisdom on getting a career in art. Next, Richard told the children that the writing task was to write a paragraph about a good day or a bad day. He offered some tips on engaging the reader and using a wide range of vocabulary and after that we left the children for 10 minutes to write the opening paragraph of the task. Richard finished off with signing books for some of the older children who had bought them. We felt really welcomed into Bilton Primary School and I really enjoyed doing the assembly and the workshop.
The book signing took place on 28th October at Hull Waterstones. We arrived there about 10 and left about 2:30 and in that time we sold and signed a brilliant total of 31 books!! Barney did an amazing job of bringing in customers by looking so cute and being really friendly and Richard did an excellent job of pitching his book once Barney had captured people’s attention. I found it really exciting to meet a mixture of different people and Richard was kind enough to let me sign some people’s books as well.
These 2 events overall were incredible and a fantastic experience.
MY INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD
Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WRITE ‘ABOUT A DOG’?
A: Because it is such a ridiculous thing for a middle-aged guy to fall in love with a dog.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST ACHIEVEMENT YOU’VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE?
A: Getting my degree because it was a lot of hard work.
Q: WHAT OTHER JOBS DO YOU HAVE/ HAVE YOU HAD OTHER THAN BEING AN AUTHOR?
A: Being an author isn’t a job; it’s a luxury. The jobs that are meaningful are running my business because it’s like a hobby I just happen to get paid for. Apart from working at Walt Disney, all my other jobs were simply that: go to work and get paid.
Q: HAVE YOU WRITTEN ANY OTHER BOOKS BESIDES ‘ABOUT A DOG’?
A: Yes: Russian Tourist Guide to London.
Q: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS:
A: Idiotic, shy and resourceful.
Q: DESCRIBE BARNEY THE DOG IN 3 WORDS:
A: Friendly, loving and lazy.
Q: WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT WRITING ‘ABOUT A DOG’?
A: The challenge was making it funny because it could’ve been philosophical.
Q: WHICH CHAPTER FROM ‘ABOUT A DOG’ DID YOU ENJOY WRITING THE MOST?
A: The first chapter because I knew exactly what I wanted to say.
Q: WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY BUDDING AUTHORS?
A: Persevere and make sure that you have something to say.
Q: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE READ ‘ABOUT A DOG’?
A: Because it’s very funny but it’s all about human life.
Thank you for reading this post!! Have you ever been to a book signing? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull