To everyone at the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards – Especially the children!
Thank you so much for inviting me today. I am very sorry that I can’t be with you, but I will be far away on a sandy beach when you read this, building a great big sandcastle and thinking of you. Can you believe that this is the one week I had booked for a holiday?
I’d hoped Dougal Trump could come along today, but he’s at school and I don’t think his teacher would let him out. Not unless he’s done all the homework sheets he was supposed to hand in weeks ago. I’m afraid that is very unlikely.
But Dougal has sent a note, which you could read out, if you can understand his rather messy handwriting.
Before you do that, can I say a huge, big, massive and enormous thank you to everyone involved the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award for putting Dougal Trump on the shortlist – it means a lot.
From me – Jackie Marchant.