Matthew Drzymala Matthew Drzymala


world book day, bumpkinton, comedy book, writing

world book dayI love World Book Day. It promotes reading in children, and with my recent workshops, it’s something I can really get behind. The celebration happens on 2nd March 2017.

When I am writing my Bumpkinton Tales stories, I have to admit, I’m not even thinking about how people see my characters. I can see them vividly in my mind, but I don’t write them with how everybody else is seeing them.

So, what has this to do with World Book Day?

Amelia Goose Attends World Book Day

Yes, Bumpkinton resident Amelia Goose, the snooty snob and all round pain in the bum, has taken it upon herself to make an appearance. No doubt she’s making sure no loony townies are dressing up as television characters hunting for autographs.

She’d definitely disapprove of Marjorie dressing up as David Donaldson from TVs Bargain Buys.

So, here she is, in all of her glorious magnificence…

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Hang on, the face is very Amelia. There’s an air of snootiness for sure, but maybe you’re thinking something’s missing…

  • Where’s her white feather coat?

Do you know how much those things cost?

And yes, you’ve worked it out, it’s not the real Amelia Goose (God help World Book Day if it was the real one).

Of course, it’s not, above is Ellie Harper, daughter of a former colleague of mine, Dave, who went to school dressed as Amelia Goose. It’s amazing, and I love to see how readers imagine the characters I write.

I am profoundly touched, I never thought my characters would be brought to life, and it makes writing them even more rewarding.

I was so impressed I have done something a bit special in my forthcoming Bumpkinton novel, The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread. In that story, Amelia is a little different, and I have written in the exact outfit Ellie is wearing, so she appears as a future Amelia.

But there’s more…

As Ellie is the first person to dress as one of my characters, she wins a FREE SIGNED copy of The Fantastical Gregory Shortbread when released.

Well done, Ellie.

Next year I hope it’s Albert Scatterhorn!

If you’d like to jump into the world of Bumpkinton, then don’t delay.

Pick up a copy here today