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PAM ROYDS 1924 - 2016

Pam Royds on Grasmere , 1971 with Sally Christie, children’s author and daughter of Philippa Pearce. I was just twenty two when I fir...

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My blog is about writing and illustrating children's books which I have been doing since 1974. www.gillianmcclure.com has all my books. I also have another blog: www.paulcoltman.blogspot.com where I publish my father's poems.

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Last week I visited an lovely Infant School in Eastbourne. At the end of the day I was allowed to do a signing in the hall and a lady picking up her grandson came over to buy a book. It turned out to be Rhonda Armitage who, with her husband, David, back in the early seventies, did The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch , a book that has never gone out of print. We had so much to catch up on - hard to do at a signing - we were both Andre Deutsch authors in the seventies and eighties with the same wonderful editor, Pam Royds, whom we've kept in touch with all these years.
    Quite coincidentally my grown up son happened to take my old copy of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch off the shelf the last time he visited me. He said he remembered it was the food that had interested him when he was a little boy. Now, he could see it was more than just that; the Armitages concocted a wonderfully funny and original story around all that food - all good ingredients for a perennial book.

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