World Book Day – how are you celebrating?

It’s that time of year again… World Book Day – the biggest worldwide celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading – is upon us! Children (and parents) up and down the country will be putting the finishing touches to their costumes and librarians and teachers everywhere will be frantically going about their last-minute preparations (or is that just us?).

One of the things we’ll definitely be doing this year is talking about our favourite past Greenaway medal winners – the Youth Libraries Group are encouraging everyone to join them in recognising the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal and chatting about these wonderful illustrated works. You can follow the conversations on twitter by searching for #ckg18 #WoBoD #WorldBookDay and #BestChildrensBooks


Here is a snapshot of the many other ways in which we’ll be celebrating World Book Day in the North West – we’d love to hear what you’ll be doing too so please do send us your comments.


Librarian, Lostock College, Stretford A childs

I tell everyone that, in my world, every day is World Book Day.

At school some staff and students will be dressing up, we also have a couple of competitions.  One involves scanning a QR code on posters around the school, and the other involves staff members reading out a passage from their favourite book – students have to then match the staff member to the right book. Other English department activities include creating a book scene in a shoe box and baking a booky cake.

I am also going to arm myself with a big box of chocolates and ask questions all around the school about books – anyone who answers a question correctly gets to pick a chocolate!



Bolton Library and Museum Service  Em

I’ll be welcoming a local nursery to one of our community libraries for a special World Book Day visit in the morning. I’ve previously been into the nursery to introduce myself read a story to the children, and they’re all now registered for library cards, so they’ll be able to explore all our lovely books and start borrowing straight away. We’ll be gifting the Bookstart treasure pack to the children as part of the session so we’ll be reading Alan’s Big Scary Teeth and having lots of crocodile themed fun. bookstart-treasure-blue-pack-and-contents-alans-teeth-v3-webIn the afternoon I’ll be visiting some more nursery children for a story session. Nursery visits are one of my absolute favourite parts of my job and I can’t think of a more joyful way of spending World Book Day than with young children who are so excited about stories and all that the library can offer. It really is magical.

In the evening I’ll be frantically making sure everything is in order with my own children’s costumes. They’re celebrating on Friday at their school – my 6 year-old wants to go as Captain Underpants and my almost-5- year-old has opted for Winnie the Witch. Given that we haven’t made a start on either costume yet we could be in for an interesting couple of days!

At the end of all that, if I can keep my eyes open for long enough, I’ll celebrate the passing of another fun-filled World Book Day with a cool glass of wine and a few chapters of my current read, The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.


Lancashire County Council


I will have a busy World Book Day this year. We are revealing our Lancashire Book of the Year shortlist in the morning and have a special guest in Natalie Flynn, our winning author from last year. After that we will be taking Natalie to Garstang Academy for a reading before going to Longton Library and doing a workshop with Natalie and our”Great Minds” project team.



Lancashire Schools Library Service

Our book bus vehicles will be visiting 2 primary schools with staff telling stories to pupils at St John and St Michaels, Shawforth, Rochdale and Gillibrand, Chorley. Pupils will be entertained with readings from newly published titles and old favourites, audience participation is compulsory!

The Fantastic Book Awards is drawing to an exciting climax, with pupils now voting for their favourite fiction titles.  Thousands of Year 5/6 pupils in 130 schools across Lancashire have taken part in this year’s award and have enjoyed an excellent mix of titles. Designed to encourage children to read for pleasure the winners will be announced in May and you can view the list of nominated books here



St Bede’s College, Manchester P1060902

I am giving out tokens & £1 books to our pupils, hosting  a team book quiz at lunchtime and running a competition where pupils have to ask members of staff for the titles of their favourite books. I’m also leading a couple of Year 8 lessons during the day.  After school I am organising book themed activities for the youth club I help to run at Church – book character bingo and a bit of Harry Potter “transfiguration” with plasticine.  I think I might then go home and have a large glass of wine and read a book!



Bury Grammar School (Girls) Lizzie Ryder photo  

I’ll be celebrating in school with a house competition book quiz – it’s the first time we’ve tried it – there will be buzzers, balloons and everything! Love it or loathe it we’re also a dressy-up school so I’m currently deliberating whether to go dressed as the Lady of Shallot or Moaning Myrtle! I normally try to go dressed as a character from one of our book award shortlisted titles and did briefly consider the otherworldly queen from Patrick Ness’s Release but thought better of it! Whichever costume I decide on though I can guarantee that I’ll still be up at midnight on Wednesday trying to put a costume together!

In fairness, I wouldn’t have it any other way – it’s all part of the fun and I won’t be the only one in our house dressing up: My two girls are going to school dressed as Tiga from Sibeal Pounder’s Witch Wars and Angelina Ballerina (we’re very excited about the mouse ears!). It’s been genuinely lovely this year seeing them get excited about what they are going to wear – Certainly for my eldest, choosing and putting together a costume has been a true extension of the imaginative world of the book. I’ve been flabbergasted at the detail she’s recounted to make her Tiga outfit just right. It’s not just that she’s going to put on some fun clothes on Thursday, it’s an opportunity to make real something you’ve only had in your imagination and I reckon that must be a pretty powerful thing as a child. It certainly makes all the effort and general chaos of Thursday morning worthwhile!

Witch wars


Wherever you are and however you’ll be celebrating, we wish you a wonderful World Book Day!







Well, it’s that time of year again, the funny bit in between Christmas and New Year. 27th December is the day each year when my brain decides it’s time to stop simply playing Christmas songs on repeat and start to reflect on the past twelve months and look forward to the coming year. This year I’ve also been thinking a lot about the books that I’ve read and how much my mood impacts my reading choices, and wondering if this is the same for everyone.

2017 has been a time of great personal change for me, definitely a year I’ll look back on as a pivotal one. There have been times this year when I thought I’d never smile again and times when I’ve giggled like a teenager; times when I’ve felt completely stuck in a moment and times when I’ve felt almost giddy with the possibilities of the future.

Looking back at the books I’ve read, the year started with a lot of romance and comfort reads – I wanted to escape into a world where everything worked out exactly as you hoped it would from page one. As time went on, my year got tougher and I realised I had to make some changes, and so I sought out more challenges from books too. I couldn’t relax enough to enjoy a comfort read and this was reflected in the stories I chose as predictability gave way to uncertainty and I began to realise that sometimes you need to allow yourself to experience pain to get through it.

The one thing that’s pretty much constant in every book I’ve read this year though, is an underlying sense of hope. There’s adversity and sometimes despair – books such as After the Fire; The Hate U Give and The Bone Sparrow contain some challenging themes and people who do inexcusable things – but they also contain some of the best elements of humanity. Connections formed in the most difficult of circumstances; acts of kindness, big and small, that mean so much more to the recipient than the giver could ever realise; the joy of holding your loved ones close (THUG and Sweet Pizza contain two of my favourite fictional families ever) and the strength that knowing you are loved can bring.

I haven’t picked my first read of 2018 yet (I’m open to recommendations). But whatever I choose, there’ll be more hope than hurt, more optimism than despair and more smiles than sadness. Not so much a happy ending as a hopeful new beginning 🙂


Read Along With Us: Greenaway regional nominations

As promised, here is the lowdown on our suggested titles to be considered for nomination for the Kate Greenaway medal this year.

If you’re attending next Tuesday’s event with Cressida Cowell in Preston, we need your help to decide which of these titles we officially put forward as our North West regional nominations for the award.

All nominations for the 2018 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards will be officially announced on 6th November 2017. The longlist will be announced in February 2018, the shortlist will be unveiled in March, and the winners will be revealed on 18th June 2018.

We’ll have copies of the books available for you to peruse on the night. In the meantime, here are our thoughts on the titles we’re asking you to consider for the Greenaway nomination, and why we think they are worthy contenders for the awards.

The Pond – Cathy Fisher (illustrator); Nicola Davies (author) (Graffeg Publishing)

The PondPublisher comment: “This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.”

Our thoughts: “The illustrations in this book have real impact, portraying perfectly the grieving of a family mourning the loss of their father. The colours used reflect the mood – from the dark tones of the muddy hole in the ground to the vibrant water lily and the misty, glowing light of the last page. Beautiful images of pond life fill every part of the book, including the cover, end papers and title page, contributing to a rich and satisfying visual experience” (Karen)


Night Shift – Debi Gliori (Hot Key Books)

Night shiftPublisher comment: “With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one’s whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape – it may not be easy to find, but it is there.”

Our thoughts: “The limited colour palette, with occasional use of colour, creates visual drama and immediacy. The theme of mental health and depression is depicted through images and imagination with vast vistas of creeping fog and surreal seascapes making it immediately accessible and easy to understand by readers of all ages. The book is never mawkish and despite presenting an immersive experience of brooding depression, nonetheless ends on a note that there might be some hope. It achieves this without sentimentality.” (Jake)


A First Book of Animals – Petr Horacek (illustrator); Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)






Publisher comment: “This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child’s bookshelf.”

Our thoughts: “It’s impossible to tell which came first here – the text or the illustrations – as both work so perfectly together to create an outstanding work of vivacity and exuberance. Nature bursts from the page in abundance. Petr Horacek’s double page spreads allow Nicola Davies’ poetic text to dance across the page whilst his jewel-like colours and textured collages express the remarkable diversity of the natural world on a grand scale. Clever layout and design, with the occasional nod to works of natural history from yesteryear, make this a book which works on several levels with appeal across a wide age and ability range, A true treasury!” (Lizzie)


Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Kate Pankhurst (Bloomsbury)

Fantastically great women who changed the worlsPublisher comment: “Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shape the world we live in.”

Our thoughts: “Kate’s book, with it’s sweet, charming illustrations, celebrates the lives of women who have made a contribution or positive change to the world that may not typically be recognised within the school curriculum. This book takes the reader on  a whistle-stop tour of women’s history, with images that capture the visual essence of the women being represented.” (Pamela)


The Secret of Black Rock – Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)

TheSecretOfBlackRock_RGB Publisher comment: “This surreal modern folk-tale tells the story of an adventurous young girl who must protect a peaceful living creature. Erin is fascinated by the stories of Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! But are the tales really true? One day Erin sneaks on board her mother’s fishing boat to find out…”


A Story Like the Wind – Jo Weaver (illustrator); Gill Lewis (author) (Oxford University Press)


Publisher comment: “In a small boat spinning out on the sea sits a group of refugees, fleeing their war-stricken homes. they have nothing – except their memories, their stories and their music. In this very special, lyrical fable, beautifully illustrated by Jo Weaver, Gill Lewis weaves an unforgettable tale of displacement, hope and the search for freedom.”

Our thoughts: “A deeply moving story of hope and freedom. A small boat full of refugees drifts on the sea. The swirling turquoise illustrations mirror the swirling winds and sea. This is a beautiful interweaving of a folk tale and the refugees own stories , demonstrating the power of stories to bring people together and give them a common identity.” (Ann)

So those are our thoughts on our Greenaway suggestions, please do let us know your thoughts on these books. You can find out more about the CKG awards process and the judging criteria here:

Don’t forget, YLG members can also make up to two individual nominations for each award


Read Along with Us: CKG regional nominations

It’s that time of year again – time for the North West to choose which titles we put forward as our regional nominations for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. We’ve come up with a selection of books that we think are some of the most deserving of this year’s honours and we need you to help us choose what to formally nominate.

Voting will take place at an exciting event with Cressida Cowell at County Hall, Preston on Tuesday 19th September. Copies of the books will be available to look at on the night but we wanted to share our choices with you now to give you the chance to read any that take your fancy in advance. 

Our shortlisted choices are:


Welcome to Nowhere – Elizabeth Laird

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Encounters – Jason Wallace

Overheard in a Tower Block – Joseph Coelho

Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans

Saint Death – Marcus Sedgwick


A Story Like the Wind – Jo Weaver (illustrator); Gill Lewis (author)

Night Shift – Debi Gliori

A First Book of Animals – Petr Horacek (illustrator); Nicola Davies (author)

The Pond – Cathy Fisher (illustrator); Nicola Davies (author) 

Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World  – Kate Pankhurst

The Secret of Black Rock – Joe Todd-Stanton

Counting with Tiny Cat – Viviane Schwarz
You can find out more about the awards and the judging criteria here:

Don’t forget, YLG members can also make up to two individual nominations for each award. Nominations open on 1st September 2017. 

Happy reading! 

#SLAYLG17 Joint Conference


In the lead-up to this year’s joint SLA + YLG conference, dubbed #SLAYLG17, I often joked to my friends that it was really all a ruse: SLAYLG was for trainee watchers, and not for librarians who focus on books for children and young people.

By the close of the conference, it was clear to me that it was both.

Now, as any self-respecting Buffy fan will tell you, a watcher is a trainer or guardian for a slayer (girl who is meant to save the world by killing monsters and demons and vampires). Watchers are usually British trained librarians, partly due to the location of the watcher’s council, in London. A watcher’s role often requires a lot of research, teaching ability and adaptability to the lives of their typically teenage charges.

#SLAYLG17 was my first professional conference. I am currently doing my masters in library and information management, and hold the student position on the YLG Northwest committee.

As a student, I paid for conference myself and would advise anyone who is thinking of doing their masters to start saving a little pot of money, which you can draw upon to attend special events like this.

The conference was held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2017. The theme was lightbulb moments, powered by librarians.

On arrival at the hotel I asked a group of school librarians, who turned out to be from the north-west if I could join them for tea /coffee whilst we waited for lunch to be served before starting the day’s activities. I’ve since kept in touch with a few of them via twitter.

Following lunch, the exhibition opened (I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many ARCs and proofs in my life!) and we were led to the formal welcome and introduction, which explained what was going to happen during the weekend.

The introduction was hosted by the chairs of the SLA and YLG, and local children’s poet, Sue Hardy-Dawson, read some of her work.

This was followed by a presentation from Amnesty international and Chicken Shed theatre, ‘Dreams of Freedom’. The two presenters talked about how the Amnesty CILIP Honour came to be, how Chicken Shed started and how the two groups came to be working together on various children’s theatre projects. My favourite moment from their talk was how they could show the positive effect the projects have on children, and how books were helping children to express themselves in ways that they had previously found difficult.

Amnesty presentation ylgsla

The following session was a presentation by Paula Wride, a librarian and archivist from the well-beloved children’s literature archives, Seven Stories. This focused on the legacy of Eileen Colwell, who was a pioneer in the field of children’s librarians, and a founder of the Carnegie award.  Eileen herself was one of the first people to insist that children should have their own library space, tailored to their needs.

This led into the publishers’ roadshow, during which various publishers did very fast ‘elevator pitches’ about their hottest and newest titles. My favourite pitch came from Anderson press who wore ‘votes for women’ sashes to promote a new YA title inspired by the suffragette movement (Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls).  As a Mancunian (as Manchester is the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst) it is a piece of history that is very dear to my heart. I had spoken to Harriet from Anderson Press very briefly earlier in the day and explained my own link to Manchester’s feminist history and she kindly saved me a proof of that title.

things a bright girl can do 2

After the roadshow, everyone dashed off to their rooms to get ready for the Harry Potter 20th anniversary dinner. I’d made my own version of a Hufflepuff uniform for the party, and was easily the first person ready to go.

There were some amazing costume efforts including Professor Trelawney; Hagrid; Moaning Myrtle and many more. The dining room was decorated with themed bunting and posters, and each guest received some Harry Potter goodies. I sat with the school librarians who I had met earlier in the day, and so my table comprised of Mad-Eye Moody, Rita Skeeter, Luna Lovegood, two Gryffindor students and two muggles.

Partway through the dinner, the winners of the fancy dress competition were announced. Rita Skeeter came 1st, Hagrid was 2nd, and moaning Myrtle, complete with toilet seat was 3rd. The atmosphere in the room was great, and as a casual cosplayer myself I was enjoying seeing how much effort everyone had put into their outfits.


After dinner we had a talk from Laura Dockrill, YA author of Aurabel and the upcoming Big Bones. Laura read from a few of her books and signed the sampler of Big Bones for me.

Unfortunately, the wine had gone to my head after the long day so I didn’t join everyone at the bar after leaving the dining room, and went to bed instead.

Saturday 24th

I got up around 7.30 am on the Saturday, feeling a little tired but otherwise ok. I joined a few people who I recognised from the North West YLG committee for breakfast. There were more vegan options at breakfast than I had expected to see, and so I filled up as much as I could (my advice to fellow vegans would be to take plenty of snacks with you to conferences as vegan options can be very limited, with small portion sizes).

I had hoped to attend the Aliens Love Underpants 10th Anniversary breakfast session but unfortunately couldn’t find the room. Ah Well!

Saturday began with Welcome to the day introduction for the day delegates, leading into “The Big Debate: Has the Carnegie Medal helped or hindered getting controversial books published?” This discussion was led by Joy Court, with a panel of authors: Melvin Burgess, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Gillian Cross, Will Hill and Lisa Heathfield with the publisher’s perspective from Liz Cross of Oxford Children’s Books. Key points raised during the discussion was how few YA titles make it into the winning selection for the Carnegie award, but also how the award has highlighted titles that have had controversial topics woven into their main plots.

As part of the conference, attendees could select optional sessions to attend during the Saturday.

The first optional session I attended was looking at ‘Illuminating inclusion’, led by Jake Hope (eagle eyed readers might remember Jake from the Carnegie anniversary blogs during which Jake has been reading and reviewing all the past winning titles, which is no mean feat, especially as being a part of the Carnegie team means reading all 140 long list titles as part of the role. You can read Jake’s anniversary blog here: This session looked at themes of inclusion within children’s and YA fiction. The author, Glenda Millard, whose novel, The Stars at Oktober bend was shortlisted for the Carnegie award was meant to be present to discuss her novel, but couldn’t make it due to illness. Instead, her publisher stepped in her place to deliver a reading from the novel.

Following on from a Where’s Wally coffee break, the second session focused on ‘Teenage mental health & reading’. This was led by Nicola Morgan, a leading expert in children’s mental health, and writer of books including Blame My Brain and The Teenage Guide to Stress. The authors who took part were Sara Barnard, Tamsin Winter and Katie Thistleton. Both of Sara and Tamsin’s latest novels look at selective mutism aimed at different age brackets – A Quiet kind of thunder is YA, and Being Miss Nobody is aimed at 9-11+ readers.

Katie Thistleton, who some may recognise as being a host of CBBC (I recognised her from seeing her introduce the remake of The Worst Witch) has a book, Dear Katie, due out later this year, in which Katie, with the help of a team of suitable experts and advisors, responds to fans letters about their problems with advice. Katie explained that some of the letters she had received were truly heart-breaking, and that she and her team arranged for help for those people as she knew that their needs were greater than the book would be able to offer. These submissions were not included to protect the privacy of those individuals. Main topics that will be included in the final book will include advice on how to deal with bullying, making friends, first kiss, and where to get advice for various topics that might not have been included.

After lunch, the third workshop was led by Amy McKay, winner of the librarian of the year award, and was entitled ‘Stealth Librarian’. This was easily one of my favourite talks of the conference, and one of the two occasions where the idea of a librarian being a watcher really resonates.  The main section of Amy’s session was about how she teaches the pupils at her school how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Dealing with zombies 101 is something a watcher would really know about. Now, zombies aren’t real, unless you’re doing a zombie walk of course. However, the point of the exercise was to encourage participants to think about all the types of fiction they consume, as well as to build familiarity with the library. I’ll admit I’m rather jealous of the pupils that get to take part in some of Amy’s activities as they looked amazing. If I ever get to work as a school librarian, or in a situation where the audience is YA, this is definitely something I want to run.


Books glorious books

For the last session of the day I’d opted for the exhibition. If any of you reading this get to attend a similar conference, my advice is to always opt to do the exhibition last. The pictures of my haul will explain why! During the exhibition, attendees get the opportunity to speak with publishers, and pick up arcs, proofs, samples and other goodies. As many exhibitors bring finished and currently released books, you can often get some of these as well if you time it right as they don’t usually want to take books home with them again. My favourites that I received included the hardback V&A edition of Little Women, Hufflepuff edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.


More books!

At 16.25 there was a tea break with ‘Dear Zoo @ 35’. The author, Rod Campbell in conversation with Stephanie Barton. This session was really sweet, as Rod explained the inspiration behind some of his characters, including how Buster was based on the child of a neighbour of whom he had spent time with and had adored very much. It was great to see some of the sketches that were used in the creation of his books.


Following on from Rod Campbell’s talk was a speech by Chris Riddell, ‘My Love Affair with Librarians’, introduced by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Chris did a live drawing of Kevin, whilst Kevin talked about some of the work that he and Chris had done leading up to Chris becoming Children’s Laureate in 2015. Chris then talked about how he feels about librarians, showed some of his other sketches and shared anecdotes from his work history as well as a few light-hearted jokes looking at the current socio-political situation in the UK.

After this session, everyone went to get dressed for the Gala dinner. As it was a more formal occasion, I opted for a blue 50’s style dress.  After getting ready, I joined everyone for a drinks reception which led into the formal ballroom where the exhibition had been previously held.  We were informed that we had a present from Lane Smith, as he was disappointed that he could not make the occasion, and so we all received a signed copy of the Kate Greenaway award winning book, There Is a Tribe of Kids.

During the dinner, several speeches were given, including Carnegie, Kate Greenaway and Amnesty CILIP Honour Presentations and YLG Honorary Membership (given to Chris Riddell). After food was served, the guests could approach the authors present to have their books signed. I had books by Chris Riddell, Gillian Cross, Lauren Child signed, along with a proof of Sarah Crossan’s new novel.

After the gala dinner there was the option to go into the bar, but I opted to go pack my bags ready for the following morning.



Sunday 25th

I got up around 7am and went down to breakfast, then attended the breakfast session, ‘A Murder Mystery Breakfast with Robin Stevens. During the session, Robin talked about her novel, The Guggenheim mystery, the sequel to Siobhan O’Dowd’s The London Eye mystery – she was approached by the Siobhan O’Dowd Trust to work on the book. Robin also had audience members vote on elements of a fictional crime which she then solved.

A very short AGM for the YLG was held at 9am, followed by an AGM for the SLA. I then checked out of my room prior to attending the welcome introduction for the day at 9.50am.

After introductions were given, the first talk of the day was looking at ‘The Forgotten Tradition of Radical Children’s Literature and its Relevance Today’ by Professor Kim Reynolds (Newcastle University and OUP). Elements of the talk looked at youth self-publishing and at Enid Blyton’s work in which the female had equal roles with the male (famous five is an example of this). The talk ended with a reading from We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen which was pleasant – I am used to reading stories to children at my local public library, but it’s been a very long time since somebody has read to me.

Next up was David Almond and Lauren Child in conversation. Both authors talked about highlights of their careers and Lauren outlined her hopes for her Children’s Laureate role.

Lauren child david almond ylgsla

Following on from this was the last talk of the day, ‘Young People’s Mental Health and Reading’ by Natasha Devon from the Self Esteem Team. Natasha’s talk highlighted how there is a growing need to help young people navigate societal and peer pressure as the online world is harder to escape from, and how targeted advertising can encourage more self-shaming than ever. Natasha showed some of the activities she runs during her school sessions and gave examples of reactions from pupils. The message that I took away from Natasha’s talk is how we (as librarians, supporters, teachers) need to provide teens and young people with the tools they need to avoid mental health issues being created or made worse, including showing boys and young men that there is more than one way to be strong. And also to show girls and young women that the images they aspire to are often false (eg photoshop, sfx).

Afterwards, there were some closing remarks from the SLA and YLG Chairs leading into the farewell lunch at 1pm and then home time!

Hope you’ve all enjoyed my diary log of the SLA + YLG conference! Check out #SLAYLG17 on twitter for pictures and conference highlights by some of the speakers and attendees.

Pamela, @puffybooks