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My trip to Moscow!

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My trip to Moscow!

I’ve taken far too long to put this post up – mostly because I’ve been desperately trying to finish the fourth Hounds of Penhallow Hall book, The Secrets Tree before my deadline. (Just made it!)

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Eksmo in Moscow for my wonderful visit. I had such a lovely time meeting Russian readers of my books, it was really exciting, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Over fifty of my books are now published in Russian, and they have My Naughty Little Puppy, Triplets and Magic Molly coming out next year!

I spoke to so many children who’ve been reading the Maisie Hitchins books – I love it children around the world are reading about Maisie racing all over London with her faithful dog sidekick Eddie.

This is Tatiana, who organised everything, and showed me round Moscow! We’re at a viewpoint by the university where you can get an amazing sight of the city.

It’s such a beautiful city, very busy and exciting. I had to take this photo in the GUM department store as Robin, my middle son loves watermelon. He would now like to go to Moscow too…

This is Iulieta, my lovely Russian editor, and we’re standing in front of a statue of the famous Russian author Pushkin, and his wife Natalya in Arbut Street, where Iulieta and Natalya took me shopping for souvenirs.

I bought a gorgeous brooch in the shape of a tiny lizard, but I was tempted by this chameleon too – it’s a handbag!

This is Marina, who translated for me at all the events. She was very patient, and very good when I forgot to stop talking and give her a chance to catch up…

At the Moscow International Book Fair on my last day Eksmo gave me the most wonderful present – a bag full of biscuits with the Russian covers of my books on! My children were very impressed with this bit…

The really exciting thing is – I’m going back! Not actually to Moscow, but to St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk in November. I’m really hoping it might be snowing, particularly as I’ll be writing next year’s Christmas book by then!


I am going to Moscow in a few days’ time! I’m so excited, as I haven’t been there since I was a student on a theatre tour – and that’s a scarily long time ago.

My lovely Russian publishers, Eksmo, have invited me to visit to celebrate ten years of the Moscow International Book Fair, VDNKH.

So, I will be in Moscow on September 8th and 9th.

8th 2-3pm
Bookshop “Detski mir”
(ул. Воздвиженка, 10)

8th 5-6pm
Shopping Center “Evropeyski” (пл. Киевского вокзала, 2)

9th 11am-1pm at the Moscow International Book Fair.

I’m so excited – and hoping to meet some of the lovely Russian readers who have emailed me!

Listowel Writers’ Week

I’ll be at the Listowel Writers’ Week in County Kerry, Ireland. On Thursday 1st June I’ll be talking about my new series, The Hounds of Penhallow Hall, and on Friday 2nd June I’ll be talking about my Animal Stories.

There’ll be loads of stories, photos and behind the scenes secrets, plus craft activities, and the chance to create your own Penhallow story!

Tickets are available here!

Childrens Programme

One last World Book Day event!

Yesterday I went to talk about Furry Friends at the Beaver pack that all my children attended. We fired marshmallows round the hall (of course!) and finished off with making masks based on my Animal Stories. This particularly perfect puppy is Lottie – she’s actually a Cub, but she was helping out!

You can’t see, but the mask said “I love Holly Webb” on it, and Lottie had brought all her books to be signed too. I’ve never seen a more beautifully rolled neckerchief, either. My children’s always looked a bit like they’d been cleaning the floor with them…

Fabulous costumes!

Thanks to everyone who has sent photos of their gorgeous World Book Day costumes! I hope you all had an amazing day. And thanks to all the fab mums, dads and grandmas who helped create these beautiful outfits!

This is a fantastic Maisie Hitchins outfit, and she even has a case to solve – The Case of the Missing PE Trainers! Hope you found them!

Buttons the Runaway Puppy in a mash-up with Percy Jackson…

Here’s Martha as Misty the Abandoned Kitten!

And lastly, here is Katie as Amelia from The Winter Wolf. Katie and her Grandma Moira made this costume together, and it’s beautiful. They even managed to find a wolf to be Frost!

What makes it even better is that this is Katie’s second time dressing up as one of my characters. Last year she was Lotta from The Reindeer Girl.

Thanks everyone for sending me these gorgeous photos!

Upcoming events

Don’t miss my World Book Week event on Saturday March 4th at Waterstones Reading!

Also coming up – I’m going to Ireland – twice! There will be events with Easons to celebrate Hounds of Penhallow Hall in April – more details soon. And I will be at a lovely festival in Ireland over summer half-term too.

Lovely Event in Leeds

I had a lovely event in Leeds a few weeks ago at the CarriageWorks Theatre, showing off lots of different animals, and how they’ve ended up in my books. Here’s Bryony, showing off two of her books. She wrote me a brilliant letter after the event to say thank you!

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