Curse of the Nomed Launch Dinner at Birmingham Library

megan g grace nicholson . munchkin meggie . curse of the nomed. bb taylor. holly bushnell

Now i’ve recovered from an epic night celebrating the launch of Curse of the Nomed and helping to raise money for Partnership for Children i thought i’d share with you all what the evening was like. I’ve never been to such a fancy launch for a book before, it was a spectacular night filled with buzz for the new book, admiration for the children who took part in the workshops- coming up so many brilliant ideas and lashings of love for the author and illustrator who brought it all together.

Some information about Curse of the Nomed: The Whizz Writers are students from Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham who took part in the ‘Look at our Book’ competition by Wesleyan, to create a story with the goal of it being turned into an actual book that would ultimately help pupils with their move to secondary school. That’s such a beautiful idea isn’t it? You can learn more about the project here.

Susan, Michaela, Joshua, Great, Farhaan and coach Jess were named the winners a short while ago, a very big and hearty well done to them for coming up with such brilliant ideas! It was then up to BB Taylor to bring their incredible ideas to life and wrap that mummy in impermeable bandages! Which she did superbly! We all know what a fan of BB’s i am! Then it was up to Holly Bushnell to bring the story off the page with her fitting and fabulous illustrations.

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By the sounds of this book, i hope it will come across, that so much went into making it. Friendships were forged not only in the book itself but between those helping to create it. Inside the book, the characters suffer from anxiety and returning negative thoughts, and from what i understood during the evening, this was also felt by everyone who contributed to bringing this book to life and i genuinely hope that self believe and self admiration has replaced those anxieties because everything that has been created here is wonderful. If you’re not cheering for these people yet, let me help you with that..

Not only was the book a triumph, an amalgamation of all these people’s ideas but by being part of the ‘Look at our Book’ Project by Wesleyan it has helped to raise money for the charity Partnership for Children, who help to promote coping skills and good mental health for children. Something i hope we can all agree is tremendous! On the night itself they raised more than £15,000 for Partnership for Children. Now you’re cheering! And rightly so, how incredible is that?!

You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon here, Waterstones here, Foyles here or if you are a school, at Peter’s here. And if you’re not sold on buying a copy just yet, you can read my review of the book here. I know i’m hitting you with a lot of links but here’s another one for good measure, Partnership for Children. I will also be running a competition to win a copy on the blog too.

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I’ve now told you all of the important information i know but if you’d like to stick around you can read and see just what i got up to during the evening celebrating the launch. I’m too young to dance on tables or get drunk but regardless of those things i still had a spectacular time. Although dancing on tables does sound like fun!

Thank you so much to BB Taylor for inviting me (and my family) to attend and thank you to everyone who accommodated me. I don’t think i’ve ever had a more worthy reason to dress up and celebrate!

We arrived at Birmingham Library at 7pm, where we were greeted by beautiful happy smiles and were lead to the 3rd floor roof deck. I can honestly say i have never had the pleasure of seeing Birmingham from this view and despite my Mummy repeatedly ‘reminding’ me not to get too close to the edge, the view was far too spectacular not to take in. It was breathtaking!

I’m pictured here with my Daddy and my Mummy on the deck- i swear i was drinking orange juice- just after i’d checked in with BB Taylor who was sporting some very beautiful Egyptian themed jewellery.

There were lots of people handing out drinks and an absolutely epic steel band playing. Birmingham? It could have easily been the Caribbean! Well, nearly.

We were escorted inside where i had been seated with BB Taylor herself, the Egyptian dressed Holly Bushnell and a host of other amazing and interesting people… and my Mummy and Daddy of course. No seriously i love them, i kid, i kid.*

*I have to say that.

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It was awesome to have a reserved place at such a prestigious event. I felt very lucky and honoured to be included. I also partnered some Egyptian themed jewellery to my outfit like BB and Holly. Fits in quite well, doesn’t it?

There was some beautiful live music playing, well done to the two ladies who played superbly during the event. They did a thankless task and kept the ambience right on key.

Our first course was served quite quickly, mine was a tomato soup while others had a curried one. It was delicious and I was pretty happy that I didn’t manage to get it down my front- i’m terrible with soup! BB’s lovely husband fancied my soup more than his but I can safely say that there was none left to share.

During the meal some people got up to speak about why we were all there and what the book hoped to achieve for the charity. Ahmed Farooq was one of the first people to explain what had proceeded the evening, Ahmed is the Chief Financial Officer at Wesleyan and the very lovely Jess told everyone about the workshops and the brilliant children who had been involved, they had truly done a brilliant job and everybody was very proud of them. I was proud of them too.

 

megan g grace nicholson. munchkin meggie. bb taylor. curse of the nomed. charity dinner. launch. wesleyan. partnership for children v6Next came the main course which was a very yummy roast chicken dish that came with broccoli and green beans. Mine came with roast potatoes (my favourite) and others had a different type of potato. Vegetarians had the most amazing smelling curry. The aroma was immense!

Between our main course and pudding we were introduced to the team, everyone who had been involved in the project. It was explained how quickly everything had come together and just how hard everyone involved had worked. The project started in December with Four Dwellings Academy taking part in many workshops and activities to come up with not only ideas for the book but really build up the students confidence. The culmination of this was Lion’s Lair on 5th March- which I have to say sounds absolutely epic! And for those of you that don’t see the subtle similarity, Lion’s Lair was probably a bit like Dragon’s Den but with much less scary people involved.

The Whizz Writers were named the winners that day and all their brilliant ideas found their way to the capable hands of BB Taylor who crafted them into this wonderful book.

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What I really love about this book is not only is it a brilliant story with themes taken directly from those incredible year 8 pupils, that one of the authors I love moulded it into the shape it now houses and that the brilliant Holly whipped up a storm of superb illustrations, it is a book made especially to raise money for a good cause AND aimed to be in the hands of as many year 6 pupils as possible. It is a talking point for any anxieties those pupils have about moving up to secondary school which is so important. This book is not just designed to be entertaining but to help pupils think about the changes they are experiencing and to ultimately cope better with any challenges they face. That’s a really beautiful thing.

We heard from Wendy Tabuteau, CEO of Partnership for Children and watched a video highlighting the importance of the work they do and how building good coping skills to anxieties can help you throughout your entire life.

Next came a delicious pudding, a deconstructed apple crumble I believe, which was divine! But enough about food!

 

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Lets talk about famous faces. There was a few in attendance at the launch dinner that I knew of, Ed James- disc jockey extraordinaire and journalist and fabulous chef and restauranteur Glynn Purnell. Both extremely nice gentlemen too.

Here I am at the end of the evening with Glynn.

During the evening they also hosted a series of auctions for absolutely amazing prizes and thankfully everyone dug deep to bid on them. It was entertaining and quite exciting to see a live auction with people ‘fighting’ over such spectacular prizes!

One of my absolute favourite prizes was the chance to dine in Glynn’s restaurant, i’m a big foodie so I thought this was the best prize for like minded folk. All the auction lots were snapped up, for very good prices I might add!

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I even got the chance to draw a special prize in the raffle! This winner was going to receive a personalised illustration from the talented Holly Bushnell! I wasn’t jealous at all…well, a little jealous sure!

Jessica Wilkes-Reading, CR Officer at Wesleyan got me up so that I could dig deep into the donation forms and choose a winner of this excellent prize. She also told everyone all about my reading challenge which was super cool!

I understand there was a conversation between Ed James and Glynn Purnell, with some ‘not for my ears’ anecdotes. Both my Mummy and Daddy found it very funny but I can honestly say by this time I was scribbling ideas down in my new notebook for my next book. I didn’t hear a thing. That’s my story and i’m sticking to it!

And that was it, that was the whole night re-capped for your entertainment and for my memory!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the Curse of the Nomed Book Launch Charity Dinner. And, because it has been a rather long post, here’s those important links again:

You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon here, Waterstones here, Foyles here or if you are a school, at Peter’s here. And if you’re not sold on buying a copy just yet, you can read my review of the book here. I know i’m hitting you with a lot of links but here’s another one for good measure, Partnership for Children. I will also be running a competition to win a copy on the blog too.

megan g grace nicholson . munchkin meggie . curse of the nomed. bb taylor. holly bushnell. wesleyan. partnership for children. birmingham

 

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Author: munchkinmegan

Megan is a prolific reader, having been reading since she was just 1 years old, Megan is never without a book in her hand or her heart. At just 5 years old Megan challenged herself to read 365 books in a year but finished in just 10 months! She has always been keen to grow her library at home and is a frequent visitor to our local library. Megan may have read 365 books in 10 months when she was a pipsqueak 5 year old but she was reading every day before that and every day since! We estimate that she is well over the 2000 book mark and nothing is slowing her down yet! She is a keen supporter of literacy and authors alike. Now she is older she hopes to give her reading challenge a boost by reading at least twice as many books in a year. Megan generally reads several times a day and as her parents we are read out a lot of passages from books!! :-) Megan is a keen reviewer and has decided to share her journey through books with other book minded people. She is also a member of a chatterbooks group where she is given a book (or 3) to read and review for the next gathering. She is confident in her approach to what she has read, what she likes and dislikes, and she has no problem expressing those feelings with other booklovers.

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