My own showtime is not Brucie’s bright lights and dancing with big teeth and lots of twirls and "Ta-da!". Mine is much more modest - just dressing in presentable clothes, adding a bit of slap and going out smiling to give a talk.
Even so, having collected my notes and various “exhibits”, there ‘s always the fizzy fear that things might not work this time.
Finally, there was a “popular children’s book characters” picture quiz to fill the gap while tea was brewing.
Afterwards – as ever – I wondered why I’d been anxious. As an audience, the Ladies Group were warm and friendly and interested. Best of all, it seemed, the evening gave them a chance to reflect on children’s books and remember books they’d read as children in the past, the pleasure of reading books with their own children and even the pleasure of sharing the same books with their own grand-children or other small friends. It felt a very happy talk.
Thank you, Ladies!