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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cheerio, Chaps! Updates from the UK Tour

Stereotypes be damned! All I can say is this: the Brits really do know how to show some love.
On Monday I had the most wonderful event with various British bloggers, some of them (Carla from the Crooked Bookshelf; Jenny from Wondrous Reads) I’ve been corresponding with for two years! I can’t tell you how meaningful it was to finally put a face to the sassy voice and font-style, as well as chat with blogger friends both old and new. We drank cocktails out of teacups (God bless the 18-year-old drinking age!) and listened to music by the incredible talented Minnie Birch, the adorably cute and outrageously talented folk trio that composed this Delirium song. We also noshed on delicious cakes and discussed our favorite animals. Some contenders? Manatees, elephants, dolphins, donkeys, and penguins. (My fave? Teacup pigs.)

The next evening, I went off to the Beneden school for the second year in a row, an absolutely gorgeous boarding school nestled in the English country side where the food is delicious and the girls are all absolutely delightful. So delightful, in fact, that I have requested to return next year to teach a week-long creative writing workshop there! I’m crossing my fingers that it pans out.

Now, sadly, I'm SICK!!! Yes, it's true: spending essentially two months in airports/trains/buses/public bathrooms is apparently challenging for the immune system. But it has been worth it!

More updates soon...



Vivienne said...

So sorry to hear that you are poorly. You sound like you need a rest. Thank you for being so lovely to us. It was amazing to meet you. I am going to have to look up these 'tea cup pigs' until then I will stick with my manatees. Safe journey home.

Ella Press said...

Oh, no! That's too bad, that you got ill in your tour! I hope you get better soon :)

I'm so jealous, you went to England! And I have to agree with you, little pigs are simply adorable!


Dara said...

You are too stinkin' cute! Love the pic at top.

I loved Delirium and can't wait to read Pandemonium and Requiem. What a nail-biter in that last chapter. I'm currently reading Before I Fall and I'm practically speed-reading to find out what's happening with Sam. I've been reading so many dystopian trilogies that it's a nice change of pace to read a 1-novel story.

It's because of you that I'm neglecting my kids, hahaha! Did you know that you can't leave the responsibility of taking care of the 1 yr old to the 4 yr old? Doesn't work out too well.

I hope you'll have a US tour soon (DC/Baltimore area, please?). I would love to meet you. Never stop writing. You have a life-long fan here.

Get better soon!


Lynsey Newton said...

It was so lovely to finally meet you Lauren. I truly love your books and thank you for signing them :) Sorry to hear you're sick but I hope you feel better soon. And LOL that the photo of my pile of books are on the blog as well as a pic of me and Jo!!!

Britta said...

I wish I could have been there! And by the way, those pictures, however simple, are very pretty!


angleprincesssis said...

thankyou very much for comming to our school!!
i think we as students, very well enjoyed it. i would also like to say get well soon


Anna said...

No! Get better soon -- nothing worse than sickness while traveling. I have adored reading accounts from Carla and now you -- teacup cocktails!? How typical for those Brits to be classy even when downing booze. I like. Hope to see you soon when you're in Chicagoland in May ... crossing my fingers that I get out of work in time to trek from downtown to the 'burbs!

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