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180 Liars and Lapsang Souchong in Bath

Yesterday, I traveled here...

 ... for the Bath Kids Lit Festival.

First stop was Hayesfield School where I talked to 180 Year 7 girls about my favourite subjects, story-telling and drawing. I went well over my allotted hour (with permission), stretching the creative writing workshop until the very end of the school day, with some startling results. It turns out that Hayesfield girls are excellent liars! In a good way, obvs! We had stories about giraffes, vampires, helicopters, cannibals and Justin Beiber. There was some real writing talent too. Very impressive. As was their black and purple-trimmed uniform, which is probably the coolest I've EVER seen. Wish I'd had a uniform as chic as that when I was at school!

Thank you to Jennifer from the Festival and to everyone at Hayesfield, especially Gill, for a brilliant event and for making me so welcome. I enjoyed it enormously and could have stayed all afternoon!

That is, unless Sam Eades from Headline hadn't dragged me away with an offer of tea and scones at the Pump Room!

We dodged the drizzle and bustled into the hushed Georgian building to the sounds of a tinkling piano, suddenly feeling rather shabbily dressed. 'Oh, I wish I'd known,' I grumbled. 'I would have worn my muslin frock and matching bonnet!' Sam, impressively, recognised every show tune the pianist played as we tucked in to three tiers of dainty sandwiches, scones and miniature cakes, washed down with Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong. Bliss!
We couldn't eat it all, of course, so the staff packed our unfinished cakes and scones into a sculpted foil parcel to take home.
What a perfect day!

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