It’s been a busy year, but perhaps not the year a first-time author might expect, with the global coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to what would have been expected to be a string of appearances at schools, bookshops and festivals.
After a launch event at the new flagship Waterstones store in Brent Cross, in northwest London, Jason joined the illustrator of I Like To Put Food In My Welly, Max Low, for an appearance at the Crickhowell Children’s Book Festival in south Wales.
In December, he read both books as part of a Chanukah event at the independent Bookworm bookshop in Temple Fortune in north London.
He took both books to a number of schools, nurseries and children’s playgroups, before Covid turned the book industry – and the wider world – on its head.
Jason was delighted to see that once lockdown kicked in, schools around the country were discovering I Like To Put Food In My Welly and using it as part of their own home-learning programmes.
He produced a series of videos for his Youtube channel, both reading his books and going on journeys inspired by them, before ending the summer with a socially distanced reading of both books, alongside fellow local author Kamila Hokynkova, at Rea’s Place in Child’s Hill Park, in northwest London.
The icing on the birthday cake of his first year as a published author came just days before the anniversary, when the charity BookTrust named I Like To Put Food In My Welly as one of its 100 Great Books of the year, alongside his writing heroes, Rob Biddulph and Julia Donaldson.
Hoping that his second year as a writer is a little more conventional, Jason is looking forward to the publication, in the spring and summer of 2021, of his next two books, The Bogey Boy and The Mittens With No Thumbs.