Cakes in Space - the Book Trailer

The new Reeve& McIntyre book, Cakes in Space should be in the shops now, and here's a trailer to whet your appetite, made by MBFilms.  I particularly like the starship's squeaky brakes sound effect...

And there are still a few tickets left for our Cakes in Space event at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street, London, on September 13th. They're free, but you do need to reserve a seat.

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Bun!

Just home from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where Sarah McIntyre and I unveiled our all-new Cakes in Space multimedia CAKETACULAR.  Which went well, I think. The plan was to do something that was less like a usual author event, and more like THEATRE, my dears. So we perform what amount to comedy sketches built around ideas from the Cakes in Space book before Sarah leads the audience in some community drawing and we finish, of course, with a song.

We were very nervous beforehand - would we remember our dance moves, would the video insert work, etc... But all went smoothly, and we had two great audiences. Thanks to everyone who came along, and to the Festival organisers and technical staff, and to Elaine and Keo from Oxford University Press for looking after us.

And it wouldn't be Edinburgh if Sarah didn't manage to get us photographed Looming Over Authors More Famous Than Ourselves in the Authors' Yurt. Here we are looming over Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman...

We'll be back on stage soon, at Daunt Books in London on 13th Sept, at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival in Devon on 20th September and at Manx LifFest on the Isle of Man on 26th/27th September (exact timing TBC)

Better Get Ready For The CAKES IN SPACE!

Sorry for the long blog silence - I was away all last week, mainly in West Sussex and Hampshire, where sarah, Sam and I caught up with some old friends and also visited the Weald and Downland Open-Air Museum and the HMS Victory and Mary Rose at Portsmouth - both well worth a trip.

Now I have a few days at home before I head off to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to join Sarah McIntyre for the launch of our second book together...

Cakes in Space is the story of Astra, who is travelling to her new home on a far-off planet. Everyone on her spaceship has been put into cryogenic sleep for the 199 years it will take to get there, but half way through the journey Astra wakes up to discover that all sorts of things are going wrong, and that she's the only one awake to put them right. There are robots...

All illustrations by Sarah McIntyre


and, of course, CAKES - scary futuristic ones with fangs and bad attitudes...

It was partly inspired by wanting to see how Sarah M would handle all the tech (she's very good at drawing vehicles and machines), partly by some cute alien doodles she once did, and partly by that idea of being the only person awake, moving around the house (or spaceship) while everyone else is still asleep - which is a big deal when you're small, I think. Hopefully it will appeal to people who like SPACE or CAKES, which is basically everyone, right? And it should be starting to appear in bookshops ANY DAY NOW...

We had a test run of our new Cakes in Space show at Nine Worlds last week - thanks to everyone who came, and bought copies of the books afterwards.  In Edinburgh we'll be appearing on Friday 22nd August as part of the schools programme, and then doing a public performance on Saturday morning - so if you're anywhere near Charlotte Square please come and see us! Booking details here.

And if you're not, we'll be doing a London launch at Daunt Books in Marylebone on September 13th...

...and appearing at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival on September 20th, and the Manx LitFest on the Isle of Man on the 26th/27th September (the schedule is still to be confirmed, I think).

Photo: Michael Thorne

And speaking of Budleigh Salterton, there's a campaign in progress to save the public library there. Sarah McIntyre and I were meant to be recording a video message about it while we were at Nine Worlds in our space gear, but we were so nervous about our event that we FORGOT. But Sarah appears here, along with lots of other famous faces.

CAKES IN SPACE is published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS and available from good bookshops for just 8.99 of your Earth Pounds.

Right Royal Reading Challenge

Photo: Clarence House

It was the grand official opening of the new Exeter Library yesterday, and I went along to help Sarah McIntyre, who was doing an event there in her capacity as illustrator for this year's Summer Reading Challenge - young readers borrowing books from UK libraries over the summer holidays will be able to collect the poster and stickers she's drawn. Also visiting the library was HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, on plaque-unveiling duty, and she sat in on Sarah's session for a while.

This made for quite a hectic event - Sarah was having to compete with choirs singing in the neighbouring room, and press photographers talking at the tops of their voices, even interupting her in the middle of her event to ask her where Camilla would be sitting - to them, the audience of kids from St Leonard's Primary School were just props in a Royal Photo Op (you can see why the paparazzi aren't popular).  Anyway, McIntyre pulled it off, as usual, and Camilla very gamely drew a sea monkey (or, as the Daily Express describes it, 'a creature with strange but vaguely familiar large ears'). Here she is with the copy of Oliver and the Seawigs which we gave her (the lady next to her is Ciara Eastell, Devon County Council's Head of Libraries). There's a full report of these Exciting Royal Events on Sarah's blog.

Photo: Sarah Reeve