So, briefly what I was going to say is this: HURRAY for the National Literacy Trust which filled London with beautiful benches this summer all painted to illustrate popular books for adults and children. People walked from one to another, took pictures and generally celebrated books, authors and London too.
Last night an auction was held to sell off the benches which raised thousands for literacy projects.
But the project doesn't stop there. Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London, the NLT is working with hundreds of London schools on encouraging reading for pleasure, working with kids on London-set books and even providing them with the materials to create a bench of their own.
My book When I Was Joe is one of the books chosen for the scheme, and last week I spoke to a room full of teachers to brief them about it. They were great, and so were the organisers, and I'm very proud and excited to be part of this wonderful project.
What's more I met them at Hackney Pirates which is an amazing bookshop/cafe where volunteers help kids after school with creative or educational programmes.
That's it! Got to get to Euston! Sorry!