A typical workday. Best not to ask what’s in the pipe.

The first Wednesday of March is World Read Aloud Day (not to be confused with World Book Day on the 6th of March, which I assure you is every bit as thrilling). World Read Aloud Day is run by the good people at LitWorld, striving to improve the planet 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 wig. It wasn’t long before I had an eighteenth century frock coat, a cravat, a bright red turban, some plump costume jewellery, and an artificial daisy. And star-shaped sunglasses. Never forget star-shaped sunglasses. Some of this makes sense if you’ve read the book.

If you haven’t, watch this:

Big thanks to cinematographer Mike Osaer, Mad World Fancy Dress (mad indeed), and the Spread Eagle Pub on Kingsland Road, which required no embellishment.

Happy Read Aloud Day!