One of the great thing about quiz day is meeting up with authors you haven't seen for a year. We get plenty of time to chat and catch up, even though we also have to answer all the questions too. I usually meet up with Ali Sparkes although sadly at our most recent event she was too unwell to join us - next year!! But over the years I have also had a chance to chat to Andy Briggs, Andrew Norris, Jamie Thomson and Tom Easton. Between us we usually manage to answer most of the questions and come in at least in second place.
The students are of course in a great mood, hyped up to compete, win book tokens and hopefully the silver cup. We have a lot of fun walking round talking to them. They bring their mascots, take about a million selfies and answer some really tough questions without blinking - all before lunch! There are some very committed readers out there in our schools and the lit quiz is the perfect place to show off just how well read they are. Who says its nothing but computer games these days??
At both the Chichester and Portsmouth Lit Quizzes, the bookshop is always run by Colin Telford from the Hayling Island bookshop, smallest indie bookshop in the UK. The books are sold at a slight discount and many of the students win book tokens. But they usually buy extra books and even if they have read a book in the school library for the Quiz, they often buy their own copy so that they can get it signed. The book signing table gives us a chance to chat to the students a bit more too.