|Wales, a favourite Arthurian location.|
|book signing in the library at Haberdashers School|
From Monmouth we travelled to Barry (Y Barri), and after a small detour following a satnav that took us into the middle of a housing estate (Muse: never trust a satnav!) we arrived at Bro Morgannwg school, where I spoke to a large group of Year 7 in their hall and also a reporter from the local paper. I was very impressed that the children at this school have all their lessons in Welsh... though thankfully, after introducing me in Welsh, their teacher let me do my talk in English.
I stayed that night at the lovely Holm House hotel in Penarth...
|view from my hotel room looking out over Cardiff bay|
Refreshed by a good night's sleep and chocolate truffles delivered to my room on a pretty plate at bedtime, our next school was Stanwell School just around the corner in Penarth, where I spoke to two groups of Year 7 and a group of Year 12 creative writing students in their very impressive new lecture theatre.
|showing the picture of Prince Elphin... can you spot his six fingers?|
On Friday we drove to Caerleon in an atmospheric mist, where I spoke to Year 7 and Year 9 in the lovely library at Caerleon Comprehensive, and also met several of their keen readers over breaktime.
|Don't panic, that's not a real sword!|
|Author "research" at the Battle of Camlann|
|image copyright Steve Roberts|
|Nic Wilkinson holding two Swords of Light.|