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Twirls and Tiaras with Janey Louise Jones

Posted on 28/11/2011 in Launches and Events

The Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow was alive with glitter, tutus and ballet shoes yesterday as Janey Louise Jones, author of Princess Poppy celebrated the second book in her Cloudberry Castle series.

The fabulously girly Cloudberry Castle series follows the adventures of Katie Mackenzie, who dreams of becoming a real ballerina. In Janey’s newest book, Cloudberry Castle: Ballet School Secrets, Katie’s family has finally opened the Cloudberry School of Dance, but with dance rivals and mysterious figures, all is not plain sailing for Katie.

Hard at work designing tutus

Janey’s fans were greeted with an array of ballet-themed activities: craft competitions for designing the best ballet shoe, tutu and tiara, cupcake decoration (yum yum), storytelling from Cloudberry Castle: Ballet School Secrets and a dance lesson with real-life ballerinas (who looked amazing in their tutus and tiaras). There were some brilliantly colourful ballet drawings to be seen and the cupcakes all looked delicious (but vanished pretty quickly)!

Janey and the ballerinas giving a dance lesson

On top of the craft competitions, everyone who bought a Cloudberry Castle book were entered into a raffle. The lucky winners received tickets to see the magical Sleeping Beauty at Scottish Ballet just in time for Christmas. Sleeping Beauty is the ballet Katie and her friends perform as the Cloudberry School of Dance Christmas show, and it was therefore very exciting to have tickets for a real performance as the raffle prize.

Craft competition entries

Janey was busy signing books and chatting with her readers. She was dressed head to toe in pink, looking the part of a ballet-mad author. Which is a good thing, as she is now talking about a third Cloudberry Castle book, full of glitter and sparkles.

A snapshot before this lovely cake was eaten

Posted by: Benedicte at DiscoverKelpies

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