ORKNEY BOOK FESTIVAL!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to do a reading at Kirkwall Library as part of the Orkney Book Festival. Before I did my event I gave out the prizes for the poetry competition, which I also judged. So here are all the fab photos! (Sorry they're so late appearing here, but I came down with a bug when I got home...)
Firstly, here are some of the boys and girls who were at the event. Most are from Orkney, but some were there on holiday. It was lovely to meet them all.
Here are the junior prizewinners. Their poems were really good, and it was hard to choose the top three. Lots of people were taking photos at once and it was hard to know which camera to look at. And what do you think that person is doing down on the floor behind us?!
And here's one of the Sassy fans who came along - doesn't she look just like Cordelia?
I really enjoyed my visit to Orkney. We had to fly there in a small plane, which was pretty exciting. I just wish I'd had more time to sight-see. I guess I'll just have to go back on holiday soon.
Big Hugs to you all,
ps I've had my hair cut short. It was a big decision but I do like it...
ONE HUNDRED LETTERS FOR MALALA!
THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES...
As many of you know, when I heard that 15 year old Malala, from Pakistan, had been shot by the Taliban for standing up for her- and all - girls' rights, I asked you to send me letters for Malala.
I'm pleased to say that they've been coming in from all over the world - South Africa, Scotland, England, Australia - and today I'm sending the first batch - along with a signed copy of Seriously Sassy - to Malala, who is still in hospital in England. I'm glad to say too that she seems to be recovering well. I hope she gets the chance to read Seriously Sassy and that it cheers her up.
Here are examples of some of the amazing letters and cards you've made so far:
from Katrina and Heather Tollund, Kirkintilloch, Scotland
from Maia Quail, Glasgow, Scotland
Pupils at St Margaret's High School, Airdrie made lots of cards and letters and their teacher posted them to me. This is one of them.
They're fab, aren't they? I'm sure they'll cheer Malala up. And I'm keeping copies of all of the letters and cards at Glasgow Women's Library, so girls many years from now can be inspired by all of you.
So why not get those pens out, rev up your imagination, and send me your letter or card for Malala?
Just post it to Maggi Gibson, Glasgow Women's Library, 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7BW
or scan them to me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to reading them!
Love and Peace,
Well I have had a few bad hair days and disastrous hair experiences. But this one always pops into my head when I think of disastrous hair experiences. I was
once walking home from school, in year 4 and my mum was walking me home. I was chewing some chewing gum and I went to blow a bubble and you know when you blow the bubble, well I accidently blew the chewing gun into my hair and it got stuck. I told mum and she said just hide it by chewing it and so I pretended to chew my hair (because that’s what some people do), and it tasted horrible so my mum tucking it in my top and I looked even weirder but I guess
it was better than having chewing gum stuck in my hair and all if my friends laughing at it. And then when I got home I had to get my mum to cut it out
so then my hair looked odd because one side was shorter than the other, so I had to go to school wearing it in a ponytail all of the time for several weeks.
My name is Jessica Skelton and I am 12 years old.