We shared over 40 books in lots of different ways with a buildingful of teenagers: bookswapping, book battleship prizes, sticks of candy rock, posters, postcards, bookmarks, our Top 20 books - and a fair bit of chat!
Apart from browsing through two tables of books, other highlights seemed to be the games of book battleships (thanks to Scholastic for the inspiration), sticks of The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones rock (thanks again, Scholastic!), and receiving interest from people for starting up a teen bookclub. All of the books that were swapped are registered on Bookcrossing, so you can look here to see which books are travelling.
And the book that both Little M and I thought was browsed most? Katya's World by Jonathan L Howard (Strange Chemistry).
Here are some pictures from the event:
Chatting and sharing
Celia Rees and Walter Swan who were part of the Wordsfest afternoon
Some school teachers and librarians who brought teens from afar and chatted with us about books, blogs and the Carnegie.
An Ilkley Literature Festival assistant
A label in one of our books
Thank you to Otley Courthouse for accommodating us. And thank you to the following publishers who offered books as prizes and swaps: Hot Key Books, Random House Children's Publishers, Strange Chemistry and Hodder Childrens.