Sunday, 17 March 2013

Tigers Rule - A brilliant afternoon at St Pancras!

     As soon as I knew about the Save Wild Tigers organisation and their mission to raise awareness of the plight of the wild tiger, which is near extinction, I wanted to part of it. I knew it would be special and I was absolutely right.
     When I walked into St Pancras Station yesterday the first thing I saw was a little boy in a tiger costume skipping along between his parents. When I looked around I could see tigers of all shapes and sizes all busily walking this way and that but somehow, even amongst all bustle of a busy station they didn't seem out of place. There was real excitment in the air - people stopped to look at displays like the tiger above (made from recycled items), they chatted to 'tiger helpers' and asked questions, they brought their children along to listen to stories being read, to create artwork, music, even decorate bisuits - it was absolutely brilliant!

     Pat and I were there to be part of the Tiny Tigers weekend. We had been asked to read The Tiger's Tale at 3.30pm and hopefully sell some print versions of the story in order to raise some money. We made our way to the Reading Jungle - an area right in the middle of St Pancras that had been made comfortable with lots of tiger bean bags so that children could sit and listen to authors and celebrities read stories about tigers. I was lucky enough to arrive in time to hear Virginia McKenna read from Winnie the Pooh - that was a real treat, I felt like a kid myself!
    I was so, so proud to see 'The Tiger's Tale' booklets on display in the front window of Foyles (yes, there's Grum posing in front of them!)


         Pat and I were warmly met by Fiona and Sarah from the Clinton Partnership and Lisa from Foyles bookshop and before we knew it, it was time for us to start the reading! Children settled down on the tiger bean bags, their parents stood behind the barriers - all eyes were on us! I had the job of videoing Pat as he read (good luck with editing that Pat!) and of holding knitted Grum - a very important job. Pat explained to the children a little bit about Burly and Grum and then he was off!

     The story was, I think, probably a bit longer than the others that had been read throughout the day but the children were as good as gold and seemed to love it. Pat is a brilliant narrator and made the characters come alive - I loved looking at the children's faces, they were absolutely captured!
     After the reading I signed some copies of the print version of The Tiger's Tale (only 200 have been printed so they're real collector's copies!) and gave away some stickers and postcards to the children. It was a fabulous afternoon. Everyone who took part in the organisation of the event must be incredibly proud of what they have acheived, and I have no doubt that Tiger Tracks (which ends on 21 March) has raised awareness of the huge problems tigers are facing to thousands, if not millions, of people. Tigers need man's help or they will disappear forever and who wants to live in a world without tigers? I don't.
     Anyone who buys Burly and Grum and The Tiger's Tale can rest assured that they too will be making a difference because all the profits will be going to Save the Wild Tiger*
     Pat and I had a brilliant time yesterday - thank you everyone!

Save the Wild Tiger is a global initiative set up by Simon Clinton in 2010, working alongside 2 of the world’s leading conservation organisations the Born Free Foundation and the EIA. Together they are working globally to provide a unified, focussed and coordinated programme of Tiger conservation initiatives.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Tiny Tigers!

If you have children who are bored and you're near St Pancras Station London next weekend then stop by because Tiny Tigers will be taking place and that means there will be lots of activities for children throughout each day - tiger puppet making, biscuit decoration, dance, reading jungle, fancy dress - it's non-stop fun! 
      Any money raised will go to the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency and they will try to ensure that tigers are protected for future generations. Who wants a world without tigers? I don't. I want a world where some kind of compromise can be reached between man and tiger and tiger numbers will once again increase.
      At the moment Burly & Grum and The Tiger's Tale is for sale at Foyles St Pancras and any money raised will go to the Save Wild Tigers fund. Look - there it is at the top of the display! Only 200 of these were printed, so get yourself a copy while you can!

Burly & Grum and The Tiger's Tale is also available as an ebook and is only .99p/$1.49 and, once again, any profits will go to Save Wild Tigers fund. Go on, download one - you and your children will love it! :)

Pat Scullion and I will be at St Pancras Station on Saturday, 16 March and Pat will be reading The Tiger's Tale at 3.30pm at Foyles - please come and join us, it'll be a lot of fun! 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Read an Ebook Week: 3-9 March 2013

     As well as Amazon, I use Smashwords as a distributor for the Burly & Grum books. Smashwords is taking part in 'Read an E-Book Week', which is the world's largest global celebration of the e-book, and invited its authors to offer their books at special deals if they wanted to.
     I decided I'd love to take part, so you'll find the Burly & Grum books on special offer via this link. They're only on offer until 9 March so hurry! If you do download the stories and like them (even if you don't like them!), then it would be brilliant if could leave a review.
     Thank you and enjoy!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Tigers (and porcupines) in my tank!

I've been very quiet for the last couple of weeks. There's been no singing in the kitchen, no impromptu dancing or indeed, anything spontaneous or frivolous. The world has been a fuzzy and dull place. Why? Because after managing to avoid a virus all winter, a particularly nasty little one finally caught up with me and brought me crashing to the ground. Darn it. Darn all viruses. Darn all those people who told me 'Oh I had that - I just worked through it' and made me feel even worse.
     There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel and today I laughed out loud for the first time since I can't remember when. I'm beginning to get a semblance of my old voice back and even though I can't sing along to the radio at the moment (as I sound like a squeaky Barry White) I can imagine it. A breakthrough indeed!
     It's been somewhat frustrating period of time because there's been a lot to do and I've just been nibbling at the edges. Luckily, I'd published 'The Tiger's Tale' as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords just before I fell ill, but I feel as though I haven't done everything I perhaps should have done to promote 'The Tiger's Tale'. Ah well, there is a silver lining - even though I haven't been up to scratch, the story has had an incredible amount of support from Burly & Grum fans - it's already had a lot of great reviews and all of them 5*. A
big thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to leave a review, it really does make a huge difference.
     Somehow, the 'The Tiger's Tale' booklet managed to get printed and should now be for sale in Foyles bookshop, St Pancras International. Only 200 were printed so, if possible, you should go grab one while you can - you never know, they could well be an investment for the future (she says optimistically!). The event Tiger Tracks is being launched tonight, Friday 1 March at St Pancras International and will run for three weeks - all money raised will go towards 'Save Wild Tigers', something I believe passionately in.

    So it looks as though I have a busy time ahead of me and I have to say that I'm looking forward to getting out and about, dancing around the kitchen and generally feeling as if I have a tiger in my tank once more - bring it on!