Macmillan Children’s Books has organised an ‘Authors Assemble Tour’ for Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) at the end of June.

Ten indie bookshops and a range of authors will be participating in the tour across schools in the UK, attempting to entertain thousands of primary school children.

Foolishly they have asked me to be one of the authors, touring north to south. I’ll be joining the brilliant Tom Percival, who pens the Little Legends series, and the actress/author Katie Dale whose books include Mumnesia, Someone Else’s life, Little White Lies and Fairy Tale Twists. Yes, I’m not sure why they asked me to come along either!


Authors Assemble tour 2017


Here’s a quick run through on where the north to south tour will be appearing, as well as the local independent book shops who will be supporting us.

Monday 26 June:  Lingfield Primary (Middlesbrough) & Yarm Primary School (Yarm)

Supported by Drake’s Bookshop

Tuesday 27 June: St George’s School (Blackpool) & Kirkham Grammar (Preston)

Supported by SilverDell Books

Wednesday 28 June: Sale Waterside Theatre (Sale) & Flixton Junior School (Urmston, Manchester)

Supported by Urmston Bookshop

Thursday 29 June: Laurance Haines Primary School (Watford) & Butler’s Court School (Beaconsfield)

Supported by Chorleywood & Gerrards Cross Bookshops

Friday 30 June: Brentwood County High School

Supported by Chicken & Frog


If you want to read the full article about what’s going on during Independent Booksellers Week have a read of this Bookseller article.