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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
6:58 PM 12th March 2019

World Book Day And International Women's Day

It was World Book Day last week but, unfortunately I didn’t get chance to write an article about it as I was very busy visiting schools. World Book Day every year is really busy for authors as we often release books, get involved in online campaigns and visit schools.

Last week I visited lots of schools across the UK to talk about books, why we should be reading, life as an author and of course I talked about Little Alf loads as well. After all he is the inspiration for my stories…

On World Book Day last Thursday I had the pleasure of visiting ‘Masham’ Primary School which is very close to my home here in the Yorkshire Dales. It was nice to wake up and not travel so far on the day.

I woke up to lots of images which had been sent in over social media of children dressing up as me and Little Alf which was really sweet. Lots of schools across the UK use World Book Day to dress up as their favourite character so it was lovely to see people dressing up as us. If I had to dress up as my favourite book character I would probably choose ‘Pippa Long Stocking’ as I loved reading the children’s series when I was younger.

World Book Day to me is about celebrating books and why they are so good. I love reading in my spare time as books have the power to transport you to another world and this is what I love about them so much.

I’ve recently been reading a book about rhinos which is set in South Africa. The writer has really engaged readers with the text and I almost feel that I am there when I read the book.

Last week it was also International Women's Day on Friday. I headed down to London to St Dominic’s Sixth Form College to give a talk about business, my personal journey and life as an author. It was a really enjoyable day and the students were bursting with questions. It was great to see them engage so much with the talk.

There was also a large element of talking about being a female in business. I defiantly feel the industry has changed a lot since I first started writing but on the same hand I’ve also grown a lot as a person and so have my companies.

This week I am enjoying a ‘less hectic’ schedule and working on my next lot of books with help from my office bunny Bumble.