Last Thursday, Harper's story was launched in Wales at Pen'rallt Bookshop, a bijou and beautiful gallery and bookshop in Machynlleth run by Diane Bailey and Geoff Young. Pen'rallt is where I spend my weekly pocket money and it is one of the main reasons why I love the Dyfi Valley so much. We got groovy with a bit of 1980s pop on launch night; as I arrived, Boy George was crooning Karma Chameleon.
My agent, Sophie Lambert from Conville & Walsh (pictured left, below) had made the cross-country trip and we discussed the publishing process in a fun and full-to-the-rafters event, complete with home-baked cheese scones, fruit cake and prosecco. What's not to love?
Earlier that day, I'd been on BBC Woman's Hour to discuss divorce from the point of view of my first-hand experience of my parents separating when I was five. You can listen again here (I'm on from 27:00).
This coming week, you can join the whistle-stop Wales and Shropshire What a Way to Go tour either at Booka bookshop in Oswestry on Tuesday 9 February, or catch the Nicola Heywood Thomas Arts programme which is on at 6.30pm on BBC Radio Wales on Wednesday 10 February, or come to the event Aberystwyth Arts Centre bookshop, chaired by Dr Beth Rodgers, on Thursday 11 February.
I plan to hibernate all weekend and then I'm hitting the road again and I'm off to an Open Book Club at Book-ish in Crickhowell on the 16 February (sold out), and then on to Waterloo Tea in Penarth at an event organised by Griffin Books on the 26th February. For more details on all these events, see this page.
Happy February and happy reading!