The evening before leaving for France, I attended a book launch at Shirley Library. It was for Jayne Woodhouse's first children's novel, titled The Stephenson's Rocket. It was an honour to be invited, as I've never actually been to the launch of any book before, despite being involved in the library world for about 40 years. The evening was fun, with Maisy, also a retired greyhound in attendance, and meeting up with many former colleagues as well as Jayne and her publishers. There is a short interview with Jayne here. I'm really pleased for Jayne and wish her well in her future writing career.