A Cat Called Trim Book Signing – Collins Booksellers Croydon – 13 April, 2019

Last Saturday we celebrated A Cat Called Trim with a book signing at Collins Booksellers in Main Street, Croydon, one of my favourite bookshops. The shop is crammed full with an eclectic array of books but of course it’s the shelves of children’s books I love the most.

Mark and Laraine and all the Collins Croydon staff including Pam, Scott, James and Kellie and of course mascot Harry the Westie are always happy to help. There is nothing like that old-fashioned personal service – if a book isn’t on their shelves they will order it in, in no time.

In the past I’ve had several book celebrations at Croydon Collins mostly surrounding my books Little Dog and the Christmas Wish and Little Dog and the Summer Holiday. Harry has been a big part of these celebrations, launches and signings and has been known to even host events and invite his Westie mates.

Saturday was slightly different. You see, Harry was a little cross with me,

‘How dare you write a story about a black cat, Corinne!’ said Harry.

Although he quite likes the book, Harry was clearly a little ‘put out’ with me on Saturday showing obvious disinterest and turning his back on photos which included Trim and the book.

The day itself was wonderful –  I was introduced by children’s book enthusiast and former CBCA judge, Heather Zubek and lots of children and adults came along to hear the reading and a little background on the story. I chatted to many people who have a fascination with Matthew Flinders and Trim. One couple have a collection of 30 books on Matthew Flinders!

There were also Trim/Pirate cakes which vanished in a blink.

And Harry has forgiven me – mostly. (I promised I’d write him another Little Dog story one day.)


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  1. Chris Bell Clearly Harry just needed reassurance that he's your very favourite, Corinne. Looks like it was a fabulous event and I'm not surprised those yummy gorgeous cakes disappeared so fast. Yum! I'm sure the books disappeared fast too.
    April 18, 2019 at 11:42 am · Reply

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