A big thank you to everyone I met and spoke to today at Chilwell School in Beeston, Nottinghamshire for their warm welcome.

The audiences for my two talks were my biggest in a while, and they were absolutely brilliant — enthusiastic, astonishingly pin-drop silent for the readings and full of awesome questions.

At lunchtime in the library I had a thoroughly disturbing conversation about squirrels. For a taste of my feelings as regards that particular topic I refer you to this horrible short story.