A proud wife and friend!
I have been in awe at least twice this week! First with my husband Tom, and then with my wonderful friend Kris Hallenga.
Tom’s debut children’s novel The Christmasaurus was published this week, and to celebrate Penguin Random House threw him a rather swanky and unique party at The Natural History Museum. I say unique because I don’t think many authors get their title character built out of crumpets for them. Yes, you read that right – greeting guests when we arrived was an enormous dinosaur, which Warburton had set their team to create. It was amazing. Luckily I managed to resist going and grabbing a crumpet to have a munch (but that’s only because we were given crumpets to take home – yummy!).
Anyway, back to Tom and The Christmasaurs! Not only was Tom’s magical tale published this week, but he’s also announced that it’s in development to be turned into a musical animation. He was writing songs simultaneously with writing the book, so it’s all part of the same creation. I think people seem to think opportunities or work just happen out of thin air, some don’t even regard a job in the arts as a job, but Tom has been so utterly focused and dedicated so it makes me incredibly proud to see good things happening for him. He mentioned in his speech on Wednesday that I inspire him – but the reverse is also true. Tom is a powerhouse of talent, but he doesn’t take anything for granted. He pushes himself all the time, seeing what else he can master. The Christmasaurus has well and truly been mastered… I hope you all enjoy reading it! Merry Christmas!
The second awe inducing human is Kris Hallenga and the CoppaFeel team. Kris and Fearne Cotton joined forces yet again to create another year of Festifeel at House of Vans, which Stereophonics headlined. The girls worked tirelessly to put on such an amazing event and I was so proud to be there and experience it. This year I even got involved by doing a little Q&A with some of my fellow boob ninjas – something I was more than honoured to do. The whole day was lovely. I got to talk to some really interesting people (comedian Jayde Adams is all kinds of ace!), and there was just a brilliant feeling of togetherness. I loved it.
Also, I’d just like to say a huge thank you for all the lovely comments about my first non-fiction book Happy Mum, Happy Baby – the response has been amazing! I’ll be able to show you the cover soon (once it’s finalized). It feels lovely to be creating something so incredibly personal.
Have a fab week!