Isadora Moon in Hereford, Cheltenham and Essex

Isadora Moon Autumn Tour part 2 – Hereford Waterstones

My trip to Bath Children’s Literature Festival is starting to feel like a warm-up now! Last weekend I did two author events and, in the week, I did two school visits. It’s lovely to see all different parts of the country though, and to be made so welcome in them. Our first stop was Hereford Waterstones.

Isadora Moon display at Hereford Waterstones
Hereford Waterstones set out a lovely display of Isadora Moon books for me. I just finished it off with my kitchen set!

Hereford Waterstones actually held their own Isadora Moon activity week back in August. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but I hear they did wand-making and other activities. As they had been so supportive of Isadora Moon already, it was lovely to be able to go visit them.  

Girl dressed at a witch at Waterstones Hereford's Isadora Moon event with Harriet Muncaster
Some of the children dressed up, including this girl in an excellent witch costume. You can’t see it in this photo, but she had all pink and black stars painted across her forehead.

When we first started setting up, the children’s section was fairly quiet. It was, after all, a beautiful October Saturday, warm enough for t-shirts. Suddenly, about five minutes before the event’s start time, we turned around to see an orderly queue of parents and children waiting expectantly. The staff had clearly put in a lot of work promoting the event!

Harriet Muncaster's Isadora Moon event at Hereford Waterstones
We soon broke up the orderly queue by inviting the children to the crafting table.
Attendees at the Isadora Moon event in Hereford Waterstones
There was plenty of space in the children’s section for some to do craft activities while others came to have books signed and others looked at the 3D illustration kitchen.
Off to Cheltenham

Luckily, we didn’t have to drive the full three hours home straight after Hereford Waterstones. On Sunday I had an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, so we only had to drive an-hour-and-a-bit. We were tired and hungry by this point, and I was fighting off a cold and sore throat, but we perked up when we saw the lovely hotel we would be staying in.

They had this black-and-white tiled floor in the reception area, just like in Isadora’s kitchen. I probably looked really vain swooshing around in my cape for photos, but it was too good a setting not get a few snaps of my slightly-tweaked new costume. Annoyingly, we left my SLR camera at home by accident, so we had to rely on Henry’s phone camera. That’s why the quality in these photos isn’t as high as I would like. 

Harriet Muncaster in Isadora Moon outfit
I couldn’t resist a spot of posing in my event costume on the black-and-white floor.

The hotel also had a couple of sparkly chandeliers, which you can see in the below montage:

Harriet Muncaster at Cheltenham Literary Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival Sign

We drove into Cheltenham the next morning for my event at 1pm. The traffic was slow due to roadworks, but that gave as chance to admire the lovely autumn scenery:

It was a beautiful autumn day in Cheltenham
It was a beautiful autumn day in Cheltenham

The festival was huge, as it was not just children’s literature, and the venue I was in was bigger than any I’ve been in before.

Harriet Muncaster at Cheltenham Literature Festival
Here I am on-stage at Cheltenham Literature Festival

After the main part of the event I did Q&A. One of the more unexpected questions I was asked was “When do you go out?” I’m still not quite sure what the questioner meant exactly, so it meant a bit of quick thinking. “Well, I’m somewhere now. This is somewhere new for me, but when I’m really busy I don’t go out much, I can just spend a whole day in my studio.”

Another child asked if I had any children of my own. I said I had a daughter who was here today. Henry raised up Celestine in the audience and everyone looked round at her, which was a nice, spontaneous moment. I also had the chance to share that one of her middle names is Honeyblossom, just like Isadora Moon’s baby sister.

After the event, I was escorted to the Waterstones tent for book signing:

Queue at Cheltenham Literary Festival for Harriet Muncaster Isadora Moon signing
Afterwards some of the children from the event wanted their books signing

Harriet Muncaster with Isadora Moon fans at Cheltenham Literature Festival

If you would like to see me at an event, check out my events page for my schedule.

Essex Schools with Just Imagine

We drove back on Sunday, after the Cheltenham event. On Monday I had a meeting in London with Oxford University Press (exciting Isadora Moon news coming from that soon!), then on Tuesday Henry and I were off to Essex for a couple of school visits. These were arranged by Just Imagine, who sell book packs to schools and organise author visits. Check out their website here.

Harriet Muncaster at Felsted Prep School for Isadora Moon event
Here I am setting up for my first school visit of the day.

The first school I visited was Felsted Prep School. I saw the reception, year 1 and year 2 groups. I was on the Strepsils still from the weekend’s sore throat, so Henry had to step in with the reading aloud and a couple of other bits, but it was a lovely visit. My favourite part was doing the ‘guess Isadora Moon’s favourite things’ game. The children were guessing what came in a jar, could be spread on toast, and was Isadora’s favourite food. After a few speculations about jam and marmalade, one little boy called out “houmous!” 

Harriet Muncaster at Howbridge Infant School with Isadora Moon standee small
Isadora Moon standee at Howbridge Infant School

In the afternoon we visited Howbridge Infant School. They had a couple of Isadora Moon standees on display. I knew about these already, but it was my first time seeing one in real life. I love them!

At the school, we looked at how to draw a couple of Isadora Moon characters and then we created our own hybrid character and a story to go with him. Both events were great, and I’m hoping to get a few more pictures off the schools to add to the blog.

You can visit my schools page if you’d like to find out more about the school visits I do.

Isadora Moon 7 and my Halloween giveaway

So that was the last week in my life and the ‘Isadora Moon Autumn Tour’! In between all this whizzing around the country, I’ve started work on illustrating Isadora Moon Book 7. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Oxford University Press and I are doing a cover reveal for the book on October 30th at 10am. Look out for that on Facebook and Twitter!

In the mean-time, here’s a sneak peak at one of the pencil sketches for the next Isadora Moon story:

Isadora Moon's dad yawning from Book 7
A sneak peak at Isadora Moon Book 7

And if you haven’t seen it already, I’m running a giveaway until 6th November for the best Isadora Moon Halloween costumes. You can see the full details on my Facebook page.

Isadora Moon Halloween costume competition
See the full details on my facebook page

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1 Comment

  1. Happy (belated) Halloween, Isadora Moon! - Harriet Muncaster

    November 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    […] got catching up to do. Over the last couple of months I’ve taken Isadora Moon as far west as Hereford, as far north as Manchester and south right down to Truro. I’ve visited five Waterstones […]

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