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The Great British Bake-off comes to Cardiff, Wales

October 02, 2018

What a brilliant day I had meeting the students of Howell's School in Cardiff, Wales. I did a talk for years 6 and 7, and they had lots of great questions. Both groups showed off their acting ability when I invited up 8 volunteers to help out with my 'Story Bake-off' inspired by The Great British Bake-off. We had Noel, Sandy, Paul, and Prue, plus 4 bakers, and it was great fun. Then I had a meeting with the book-club, and met lots of lovely students who love to read and are also budding fiction writers. Finally, I got to judge the biscuit bake-off - a tough job, but someone had to do it! The three finalists are in the photo below. Delicious!

Special thanks to librarian Willow Norman for organising the day, and for Griffin Books for helping to arrange the book signing. 

Happy Publication Day!

July 04, 2018

Happy book birthday to The Polka Dot Shop! I hope you love my new book which is a story of fun, fashion, friendship, and a lot of life lessons. I'm very proud of this book, and hope you love it too. If you do give it a read, please leave a rating or a review on the website where you buy it, or on amazon or goodreads. Thanks very much! Laurel

Meeting Year 7s at Eltham Hill School

July 02, 2018

I had a nice time meeting the students of Eltham Hill School during my visit to the John Roan in Greenwich.You were an excellent and attentive audience. I really enjoy meeting real readers - it makes me feel like a real author!

My visit to Globe Primary School, London

July 02, 2018

I loved meeting the children at Globe Primary School in Bethnal Green, London. They were such a polite audience and they asked some really brilliant questions. 

My visit to the John Roan School

July 02, 2018

My first Polka Dot Shop school visit was to the John Roan School in Greenwich. I had a lovely visit with Year 7s from several local schools. The kids were great in my interactional section about Andy's problems. 

Remember: love your characters, but don't be too nice!

Coming to Poland!

June 27, 2018

I'm happy to announce that The Secret Cooking Club and The Polka Dot Shop are going to be translated into Polish. 

Did you know that the word 'Polka Dot' comes from the polka dance, with the world Polka a variation on 'Polska' which means women in Polish? 

My Visit to the Haslemere Bookshop

October 24, 2017

Thanks to the lovely ladies at the Haslemere Bookshop for having me in for a book signing and a talk in October. I love supporting independent bookshops, and their shop is a vibrant part of the local community.

Coming to North America!

November 07, 2017

The Secret Cooking Club is coming to America! I'm delighted to announce that The Secret Cooking Club and Confetti & Cake have been purchased for publication in America by Sourcebooks. See press release from Publisher's Weekly below:

Steve Geck at Sourcebooks has acquired North American rights to two books in Laurel Remington's Secret Cooking Club series. The first book introduces Scarlett, a 12-year-old girl trying to stay out of the spotlight, who transforms her life after forming a secret cooking club. Publication for book one is scheduled for fall 2018, and book two is scheduled for spring 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal on behalf of Elinor Bagenal and Barry Cunningham at Chicken House in the U.K. 

 

I'm so pleased that the books are going to be published in my home country!

The Shrewsbury Big Book Award 2018

November 01, 2017

Delighted to announce that The Secret Cooking Club is long-listed for the Shrewsbury Big Book Award 2018. The short list of 6 books will be chosen by students from 7 schools in the area, and announced in early December. It is great honour to be considered for an award where children themselves are the judges! Go Secret Cooking Club!

Confetti & Cake Blog Tour - August 2017

August 08, 2017

Hop aboard and join the blog tour for Confetti & Cake. Lots of fun insights into the book, and a few wedding horror stories too!

A delicious French cover

June 13, 2017

The Secret Cooking Club is now available in French, published by Casterman. This cover is so delicious I could just lick it. 

De Kook Club!

June 20, 2017

How fun is this Dutch cover! I'm definitely a member of the Kook Club! The Secret Cooking Club is now available in the Netherlands, published by Veltman Uitgevers. 

Waverton Good Read Children's Award 2017

June 28, 2017

I'm delighted to announce that The Secret Cooking Club won the Waverton Good Read Children's Award 2017. I traveled up to Waverton in Cheshire and spent a morning with years 4-6 at Waverton Primary School. The children were fantastic, and had lots of great questions. I received a lovely engraved vase and I was so pleased to be able to speak to the children who voted my book the winner!

The James Reckitt Hull Childrens Book Award

April 26, 2017

The Secret Cooking Club was shortlisted for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Hull City of Culture 2017 to do a school visit and a Q&A panel with the other shortlistees at the Freedom Centre. Congratulations to Christine Hamill and her book The Best Medicine which won this year's award. It was a very good day and I met so many intelligent and interested students - and several future writers. 

Sefton Super Reads Awards

March 29, 2017

I traveled up to Crosby Library in Liverpool for the Sefton Super Reads Award 2017, for which The Secret Cooking Club was shortlisted. Children from local schools voted on an impressive list of books including Black Powder by fellow Chicken House author Ally Sherrick, Beetle Boy by MG Leonard, Cogheart by Peter Bunzel (the eventual winner). There were many intelligent and thought-proking questions on the day, and Ally and I enjoyed our time meeting the students who voted. 

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