The Spook’s Nightmare Tour’
The ‘Spook’s Nightmare Tour’ began on Wednesday 26th June 2010. The first two days were arranged by Tony Higginson of the Pritchard’s bookshops and involved visits to the Sefton and Liverpool areas.The very first event was at De La Salle School where I gave two talks to enthusiastic audiences. In the afternoon we visited St Jerome’s Primary School followed by a detour to Pritchard’s Formby shop where I did my first shop signing of the tour.
In the evening I stayed in sunny Southport and was able to relax with a pint of Guinness and gather my strength for the following day.We began Thursday promptly with two talks at Meols Cop High School followed by lunch at Range School, Formby where I met some old friends and signed their books. After a trip to St Edwards in Liverpool (to do a follow up to a group I talked to early in the year) it was a drive through heavy traffic to Pritchard’s Crosby shop which was full of readers waiting to get their new books signed. It was unfortunate that we’d kept them waiting but everybody was very patient and in good spirits. The signing rounded off two very busy days.
Another four weeks of touring await and I feel exhausted already. But it is a part of the job that I really enjoy. It is great to meet readers and get feedback and probing questions. Whilst talking to each group I have been telling them about the two websites (www.spooksbooks.com and www.spooksworld.co.uk) and about the competition. The seven winners will become spook’s apprentices, accompany me on a tour of spooky places and win books for themselves and seven friends.