I arranged an author visit from Gemma Cairney at my school through Elaine at Silverwood Events on 15 March 2017.
Gemma is currently touring the UK to promote her debut book, Open A Toolkit For How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.
When I received my advance copy, I was so impressed with the content and the unique, easy to read format of the book. It’s colourful, well illustrated and highly appealing to teenagers. It will become “a wise best friend in a book” as quoted by Caitlin Moran.
Gemma covers all issues experienced by teens such as family, friendship, love, stress, loss, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm, body image, etc. Too many to mention here, but so relevant to life in the 21st century. These issues are sensitively dealt with and beautifully explained in language that teens will relate to and understand.
Besides being highly recommended for all teens, I think that this book will be a fantastic resource for all parents, guardians, carers and staff working in education or with teenagers in any other capacity.
The Author Visit
Gemma spoke to my Year 8 students and they hung on her every word. She used the platform of an informal chat on stage with Bea Cross, from Macmillan Publishers, dsicussing the content of her book and her own experiences. Students asked lots of interesting and relevant questions, which Gemma happily answered.
The letter that Gemma had written to her 14 year old self, which she read at the end of her talk was truly inspiring. It appears at the end of her book.
Afterwards, Gemma signed a pile of books and spoke to a queue of students.
Some of the students stayed on to participate in recording a podcast with Gemma, discussing some of the issues they had experienced in their lives.
The students, who attended the author visit are still talking about how much they enjoyed the talk and meeting Gemma a week later.
Gemma, touring in her bright yellow double decker bus, spread positivity with her sunny disposition amongst the students and staff at our school. It was a thought provoking and inspirational visit.
I wish Gemma every success on her continued tour and feel honoured to have spent time with her. She clearly cares about helping teenagers cope with life issues.
Lancashire Telegraph news article about the visit.
Her book deserves.
Pan Macmillian book announcement.