A few weeks ago I was invited by the wonderful guys at Hot Key Books to their blogger brunch to celebrate the pre-launch of Arctic Zoo by Robert Muchamore. I had been to a few events hosted by Hot Key in the past and all were brilliant so I couldn’t turn down this opportunity. I was really excited about it and couldn’t wait to hear more about the book.
Usually blogger events at Hot Key are at their offices just off Bond Street in London. However this event was taking place at Shoreditch Platform, a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station. The venue was gorgeous! I loved all the unique art work and the general vibe of the place. I also felt like it was the perfect location for a pre-launch of a book like Arctic Zoo.
When I got there I was given a protest sign and told to write something on it that I wanted to change about the world. I ended up writing about saving public libraries as it is something that is really close to my heart and in my opinion libraries are vital to communities. After walking up some stairs I made it to the venue space which looked amazing. There were goody bags on each chair, snacks and nibbles and some awesome looking cakes and cocktails/mocktails available at the bar.
For the first 15 – 20 minutes I mingled and caught up with some friends and fellow book bloggers/YA enthusiasts. It was nice to be at an event where I knew some people, I felt less awkward and didn’t feel like an outsider. I was relaxed, confident and at ease. I also had time to grab a cocktail which was gorgeous and have some nibbles which were equally as gorgeous.
Soon enough it was time for Robert Muchamore to take to the floor. He was being interviewed by Stevie Finegan, Publicity Manager at Gollancz. Stevie was one of Robert’s first ever fans, after reading the Cherub series at a young age. The conversation was incredibly interested as Robert spoke about his writing, his influences behind Arctic Zoo and how personal issues in his life inspired him to write it. Robert was very honest with his answers and seemed so calm and relaxed when talking about his work. It was an honour to hear him speak and I came away from the event feeling really inspired by him. After Stevie had finished asking her questions, the audience were invited to ask Robert some of their burning questions. Once this was done, Robert kindly signed the books that were given to us in our goody bags. These included a hardback edition of Killer T (his latest novel) and a proof copy of Arctic Zoo.
After Robert had signed my books, I carried on mingling for a while and then went to lunch at a really awesome diner with a few of my fellow book lovers – Kinna, Sabrina, Sophia and Christina. I had a Vegan Hotdog and Fries which, honestly, was friggin’ incredible! Then it was time to get the train back home to Ipswich.
I would like to thank Hot Key Books for inviting me to this event. I had so much fun and it was probably the best blogger event I have been to so far. I cannot wait for the next one.
Were you at this event? If so what did you think?