The first Wednesday of March is World Read Aloud Day (not to be confused with World Book Day, which happens annually on the 6th of March and which, I assure you, is every bit as thrilling). World Read Aloud Day is run by the good people of LitWorld, striving to make this planet a better one through literacy and storytelling. Kudos!
This year, the (also) good people at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre asked me to celebrate World Read Aloud Day by—well, reading aloud from one of my books.
Obviously. It’s right there in the name of the day.
The first thing I did was hire myself a handsome wig of dreadlocks…which was only the beginning. Soon I had an eighteenth century frock coat, a cravat, a bright red turban, some plump costume jewellery, and an artificial daisy on my head. And star-shaped sunglasses. Don’t forget the star-shaped sunglasses. All of this makes sense if you’ve read the book.
If not, watch this:
Huge thanks to Mike Osaer, who manned the camera, Mad World Fancy Dress, where you can hire anything you care to wear, and the Spread Eagle Pub on Kingsland Road, who provided a location that required no embellishment.
Happy Read Aloud Day!