I should probably explain for those who don't live in the west country that North Devon and South Devon are two distinct areas, since Devon is the only county in England to boast two separate coastlines. I live on the busy south coast, known as the English Riviera, connected to London by the mainline and a soon-to-be-finished bypass. Appledore is a small fishing village on the north coast. Getting from here to there might not be very far in miles, but it's still an adventure on a rattling branch line (called the Tarka Line after one of my favourite childhood books Tarka the Otter), where a very short train crawls past scenic little stations and makes its way through the local foliage looking for stray passengers who might want to board - it doesn't stop unless you wave at it! But it carried me safely to Barnstaple station, where the lovely Polly fortified me with coffee before driving me to our first school, Pilton Community College, so I could introduce Year 8 to Rhianna Pendragon and friends:
|Rhianna Pendragon, Prince Elphin, Squire Cai, and Maid Arianrhod|
|Today I am reading... Sword of Light|
Now, I know 'Year 10' and 'history' might sound rather serious when said in the same breath, but here we are proving that you're never too old for a bit of dressing up...
|Me wearing the Crown of Dreams|
|The girls with Excalibur* and Pendragon books|
After school, fellow Templar author CJ Busby, who writes a King Arthur series for younger readers, picked me up at the gates to take me home for tea and delicious homemade scones. (Muse tip: do not wear tight clothes on an author visit if you want to make room for all the cakes!)
Here is CJ at her local station, where she expertly flagged down the train so
|CJ Busby, author of the "Frogspell" series|
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