Lynsey Dearheart wrote:Wow sport definitely gets a reaction which is really good, the more passionate people there are the better!
Sir Terry refereeing...
But I need to find a venue. Somewhere in London, medium to large stadium that wouldn't mind us taking it over for an afternoon or day.
Bah, bet airfare isn't included in the purchase price of a new book.
Why not kill several birds at once?
You need a stadium (or somewhere with room to set up bleechers), why not a school.
You'll have parking, enough room for buses, potty access, and the goodwill of the admin staff who are /will be delighted that a Knight of the Realm has chosen to make his own personal appeal to youth of the UK that reading is, indeed (wallpaper word, but hey, this is Admin types, they live for wallpaper words) every student's best chance for a ticket to a good life.
Bus in some students with green hair and tats and the press will love it, be all over it.
Charge a small (really small) entrance fee.
Hit them (pretty hard) for parking and books, t-shirts, memoribilia. Like signed footballs and stuffed oragutangs.
Let whatever school has the forward-thinking to embrace this Fine Day of Family Fun and Educational Opportunity serve the chow.
No caterers, no clean-up, it'll be on the school. You get them to do this by donating a couple, three paperback Discword series et al.
Have the Alzheimer's organization (I don't know what it's called in the UK) there, too, with donation booths, pots, kettles, hats, whatever, every 30 feet.
Make the school admin types understand this bit is all about the "science end" of education. Don't they want students of theirs to become doctors? Don't they want their students to read instead of text?
Make it feel guilty and a school adminstrator will cave.
Big, strong, ex-footballers are also welcome.
They can officiate, sell wares, peanuts, autographs or any other thing.
Call it all charity and you'll have so much press for the book, based on the dual needs of today's students and the health care crisis (no, wait, that's us), that ... Well, you'll get what you want.