The sun shone down on Pirate Adventureland in Weston super Mare as we prepared to greet authors, Hugh Powell and Justin Somper, for our ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ event.
Using his cutlass to control any scurvy knaves, Justin started off by teaching us the crew rules- Ay, Ay, Cap’in!- and sharing the Vampirate sea shanty…
I’ll tell you a tale of Vampirates,
A tale as old as true.
Yea, I’ll sing you a song of an ancient ship,
And its mighty fearsome crew.
Yea, I’ll sing you a song of an ancient ship
That sails the oceans blue…
That haunts the oceans blue.
We learned all about the characters in his books and his inspirations before he read an exciting excerpt from Demons of the Ocean.
Huw then took over and we found out about space pirates- SpaceJackers! With the help of the audience, he created an amazing space pirate, drawing the suggestions that were made! The results were incredible! He read to us from the first book in the series.
And there was cake!
Many thanks to our wonderful authors, Huw and Justin, and to Dave and the staff of Pirate Adventureland, who gave their time and the fantastic venue. Thank you to Mr Matthews too for lending us the chairs!