Events and Appearances

On Thurs 2nd Oct I gave three talks at Beaumont Leys School in Leicester. Here’s a pic of me there, gesticulating and gurning.

I spoke to three whole year groups – around seven hundred and fifty young people in all – and did my best to answer some wonderfully searching questions about writing, reading and more. With two of the groups I also took the chance to test out the current draft of the opening scene of my new book and was thrilled (and relieved!) to find it went down well. My thanks to everyone I met for the warm welcome they gave me – especially Jane Robinson, the school’s fabulous librarian.

I adore school visits. If anyone reading this is interested in having me visit your school, I want to hear from you! As well as my page at Contact An Author you can now reach me via the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education and (I’m especially happy about this one-!) Authors Aloud. Click through or email me directly:

A wholehearted THANK YOU to City of London Academy and to Lydiard Park Academy for the warm welcome both schools gave me this month. Some feedback on my performance just came in from students at the latter:

‘Everyone was silent – nobody could take their eyes OR ears off him.’

‘I found Sam Enthoven really passionate about his work.’


‘I was very excited about seeing an author; when I saw him he was excited about his new book, funny and, well, a bit mad! But in a good way!’

For details about my school visits and how to book one, see my page at Contact An Author.

This weekend (Oct 11th-13th) is the inaugural Wood Green Literary Festival and I’m very excited! Full details of the programme of events for younger readers (most of which are free) are now to be found here. It’s all going on at Noel Park Primary School, five minutes’ walk from the centre of the festival and the universe, The Big Green Bookshop. My panel discussion with Steve Feasey and Conrad Mason, (now-!) on Monsters, Magic and Mayhem, will be happening on the Saturday (12th) at 5pm.


Alternatively, next Saturday (19th) I’ll be doing my stuff at this:


It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the London Anarchist Bookfair. After last year’s event there, which I enjoyed enormously, I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the Older Kids’ Space at 2pm to talk about the future and maybe preview my new book.

These are my first events in a while that are open to the public. Do come. It’s always such a pleasure for me to meet people who aren’t imaginary. ;D

Draft Two of the new book is DONE. Prolonged immersion in the writing bathysphere has produced its customary effect…


…but I will be sure to shake off my torpor and egg fragments in time for THIS:


It’s the inaugural Wood Green Literary Festival, to which I’ve been invited for a panel discussion on the subject of Monsters, Ghouls and Things That Go Bump in the Night. Visit the Festival’s website for all the juicy details or follow it on Twitter.

See you there?

A thunderous THANK YOU to the staff and students of The Market Bosworth School for the warm welcome they gave me yesterday. As often happens at my school events, I was asked to name my favourite book. I have lots. Here’s one:

At Trapped By Monsters this week, my final Great Escape is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki.

Two years, a couple of thousand pages of notes and a current total just shy of one hundred and sixty thousand words of story: as of yesterday afternoon I am out of my writing bathysphere because Draft Zero of the New Book is DONE.

As part of my plan to get used to being back on Earth – and restore at least some of the distance and objectivity I’ll need to convert this beast into a functioning First Draft – over the coming weeks I’m doing a bunch of school visits.

Today’s return to Ken Stimpson Community School was a blast: three sessions full of excellent and inspiring young people. Burlington Danes Academy, The City of London Academy and The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College are all currently quaking at the imminent prospect of further scenes of electrified-baboon-style gesticulation and grinning much like those in this slideshow:


BTW: If you, reading this, are interested in having me come and visit your school or library or bookshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via my Contact An Author Page.

Meanwhile the simple fact that the biggest and most ambitious story I’ve written so far now exists in full outside my brain for the very first time is making me giddy. Excuse me while I stick my head back in this bucket of cold water.

MWAHAHAHAblblblblbl. ;D


On Saturday 27th Oct I’ll be emerging from my writing bathysphere for this

I’m doing my stuff at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair in the Older Kids Space from 2pm. See you there?

On Tuesday I was invited to a very special occasion, namely the official opening of the all-new Dalston C.L.R. James Library in my home borough of Hackney, London.

It was a packed and glittering affair.

A big crowd had turned out to celebrate, for two reasons. First, because the library is a wonderful, beautifully-designed building providing facilities including public computers, meeting rooms, study areas and community-accessible archives (the latter with space for a projected twenty-five years’ worth of expansion!) Second, because this library was opening when so many all over the rest of the UK are being forced to close.

Hackney Council deserves a lot of credit for Dalston C.L.R. James Library – and a lot of other local authorities deserve blame for the closures. But today, World Book Day 2012, the biggest burden of guilt for the sorry state of so much of the rest of the country’s public library services should be laid on the shoulders of the UK’s current government.

Libraries are centres for knowledge, thought and self-development. If this country is ever going to recover economically – into something other than just a City of London-dominated, tax-dodger-friendly clearing-house for shady deals by the world’s super-rich – then we need libraries. Public libraries are as important as schools: perhaps, given their power to help whole populations and not “just” school-age people and their carers, they’re even more important. The people of Hackney know this, as is obvious from Dalston C.L.R. James’ massive popularity since it opened its doors, even before it was opened officially.

Now: will the politicians of our Parliament be able to overcome their shortsighted, nest-feathering, bickering, self-aggrandizing ways enough to recognise the importance of public libraries too, and act accordingly? Or will the so-called ‘Culture Secretary’ and his ilk continue to stand by making excuses and blaming others while so many of these vital facilities all over the UK are being forced to close their doors?

The MY NAME IS O launch party was a HOOT. 😀

Here, below, is a video I just uploaded of the two-minute reading I did from the book.

An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone who braved a very cold night to come out and help me celebrate, and to Tim and Simon for hosting the do at their brilliant shop.

If you, reading this, are visiting this all-new My Name Is O website for the very first time, a hearty HEE HEE HEE! to you, and welcome to my ongoing sinister masterplan to conquer the universe!

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