There was rather a spectaculary stellar line up of authors and illustrators and it looks like this is shaping up to be a big regular happening.
I knew it was going to be a good day when I bumped into the always amusing Phillip Ardagh on the train. As usual he was showing off his otter and weasel collection
You could tell from the entrance that it was going to be a pretty elegant do...
and it was!
The high wall surrounding the garden was designed to keep beasts out, but it wasn't doing a very good job, as any Beast Quest fan would testify...
I really enjoyed my event, there was a great turn out and it was certainly lively. There was a rather spectacular heckler who ran up, hit me and then ran away giggling...several times. All in a days work and it keeps me on my toes.
Like this sad lion
It was very good to see Nick Coffer there with his brood, he had interviewed me on BBC Three Counties Radio earlier. He also does the very popular blog mydaddycooks.com.
Although they were in the book signing tent at the same time, along with the talented Jackie Morris . Here's me signing a book for someone who would rather just be eating his ice lolly, with Alex and Claude in the background.
But the highlight of the day, for me, was seeing Lauren Child and Cressida Cowell talking together about writing, drawing and friendship. I was going to describe them both as thinking man's crumpet but decided not to as it might be offensive.
It really was a magical day, thank you to Orchard books for supporting me there, particularly Fritha Lindquist and Sarah Mays for all their wonderful help.