Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
4:05 PM 11th January 2019

2019 With Little Alf

Happy New year everyone! I can’t believe it’s already the 11th January. Saying Happy new year seems a bit late now but it’s taken Alf and I a few days to get sorted in the office after Christmas and New year.

Little Alf got so many presents this Christmas from me, his fans and friends and was really spoilt rotten. He got lots of pony treats which he will get in small quantities! Large doses of sugary horse treats could potentially give him stomach ache – Lucikly he has four horsey friends to share his presents with.

Before Christmas Little Alf took part in a meet and greet Cinderella performance which was great fun. Over 200 people came to see him and take pictures which was really lovely and a great way to end 2018.

Earlier this week I went along to the Little Alf shop in Leyburn Market town and collected Little Alf’s fan mail as the shop has been closed for two weeks.

There was a huge pile of mail from the USA, UK and Germany which was amazing. It’s taken us a few days to sort through the mail but we are beginning to reply now to all those who have remembered to put return addresses on their letters.

Since Little Alf’s memoir was released in Germany last year he’s grown a whole new audience of fans and I’ve been enjoying attempting to learn German with the help of the English to German translator online.

2019 is an exciting year for us as we’ve got plans for new merchandise, new stockists, meet and greet days and of course more Little Alf books.

Later in the year I am hoping to release Little Alf’s 10th book and have a ‘Book party’ but we will just have to see what happens. I never actually thought one day I would have 10 books published about Little Alf….

As much as 2019 is really exciting and I have lots of new things planned, Alf and I will also be having a few days off each month due to last year being so hectic and busy. I love spending time with all the animals but it’s really important when you work to have time off and enjoy life!

I'm now back in the office working on my next book and Alfie is teasing all the big horses in the field – he’s always causing chaos.