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Highlights of 2007

2007 was a very busy year for me with more puppet sessions being booked in infant, junior and secondary schools, festivals, carnivals, village halls and youth centres. I held a teacher’s workshop at Reading University, parent sessions at two Dingley Centres and a variety of environmental workshops at Dinton Pastures. I also found myself at a number of parties including a teenage daughter’s sleepover where we greatly enjoyed performing puppet ghost stories, a 10 year old’s birthday where all the guests enjoyed puppet melodrama and a hall full of three year olds where anything went!

In June, I won the “Creative Business Achievers Award” by completing all the objectives of the Slough Enterprise and Business Link course. I couldn’t have done so without the support and kindness shown to me by the team there, especially Bobbi and Ramesh. The friends I made on this course were as valuable as the course content. When we completed the course, we immediately created a cooperative to continue these links. The group consists of like-minded artists who meet up once a month to share contacts and discuss work – a lovely excuse to drink fancy coffee and have a chat!

As a parting gift to the business course, Bobbi arranged for us each to have a page on the hugely successful website ‘Business in Berkshire’ run by Jon Davy and you can find my page at www.businessinberkshire.co.uk/pottytreepuppets

The Hawthorne Quilters Group presented me with my very own Magic Flying Carpet in October which is delightful. The hours of work that went into the rug are obvious and the children I work with love it. I have been blown over by Norma and the group’s kindness.

By the end of the year I was able to give up all other work commitments and concentrate solely on puppetry. Business link have continued to support me and kindly introduced me to an accountant which is a huge relief. Angela is also starting out on her own and is both professional and friendly. If you need an accountant, her details are on www.actca.co.uk.

Throughout the last few months of 2007 I have been in discussions with a publisher to get my book ‘Mrs Pottytree and her Flying Carpet’ into print. I discovered a very talented illustrator Debs Tait who created beautiful art work and Peter Freeth from Communications in Action agreed to publish the work. As I write this, the book is at the printers and should be available (after a number of setbacks) by the end of January 2008. The order form can be found in the menu section or you can contact me through this website for copies.

So, for 2008 I have a number of new puppets in production, new programmes to tweak and rehearse, bookings turning up thick and fast and the Mrs Pottytree book to promote – a good start, I hope, to another puppeting year.