Now I know I promised that I would be blogging every day up until 29th March (launch Date for Jasmine Skies) But what did I forget? That I would be out and about at schools and events talking about the book.
So here I am with a news round up for Jasmine Skies
The Jasmine Skies trailer was launched early this month. You can see the link here. Or if that doesn't work just look up ' Jasmine Skies' on Youtube.
Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm for the trailer. It was commissioned by Macmillan. Scripted and directed by me and filmed by Shaun Cobley (Camera Man on 'War Horse' and 'The Iron Lady'... and Dad in Esha's class!) The sound design was created by Julian Portinari with original music from 'Transformer'. The Editing was done by James Knox and Greg Davenport at Epoch Films with grading by Ben Appleton.
Actors - Maya Harrison, Ronak Khujneri, Esha-Lily Harrison, Tania Roderigues, Jai Patel, Anya Patel,
Dancer - Neha Patel
Kolkata Footage from Trilby James and Shelley King featuring actress - Zohra Segal
Click on this link to find out more about this wonderful actress and dancer.
(Thanks to Kiran Segal for pemission to use this video footage of Zohra who celebrates her 100th birthday next month.)
The brilliant Hattie at Macmillan has been busy posting articles about Jasmine Skies. Including:
How Kantha stitching is woven into the fabric of the story and an interview with Nihal Arthanayake Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network DJ. Click here to read...
Last week I was at:
The Wandsworth FAB awards. (Artichoke Hearts was Shortlisted for this student led award, and I'm proud to say came third)
The Suffolk Book Mastermind with the lovely Adele Geras.
This week I have been to visit the lovely Red House Book People to talk about the inspiration behind Artichoke Hearts and Jasmine Skies.
Writing Blog and speeches for the launch!
I will be signing copies of Jasmine Skies all over London, on a road trip with my publicist Sally Oliphant. In the evening I'll be meeting the talented authors of this years Waterstones Book Award in the beautiful flag ship store in Piccadilly.
Here it is...
Jasmine Skies Launch day. It takes place at Hampstead Waterstones. To celebrate I will be visiting my children's school Alexandra Park School and local school Heartland's High!
I will be at Wood Green Library and Marcus Garvey Library to meet students from Haringey Schools and sign books. This local launch for Jasmine Skies has been organised by Librarian Sean Edwards of Wood Green Library, and books supplied by the Big Green Book Shop in Wood Green.
Sunday 1st April
A bit of April foolishness to end the week!
Our local Deli - Owen's of Alexandra Park Road is being transformed into a Kolkata Sari store for the local launch of Jasmine Skies with Kate Agnew of The Children's Book Shop Muswell Hill.