Geraldine McCaughrean , despite being exhausted ("Everybody," she tells me, bemused at having been transformed from a writer into a product, "says, well they'll certainly get their money's worth from you") from this and numerous other launch events, including one she dreamed up herself - and for which she sewed the costumes this past year - at the Watermill Theatre, offers, without being asked or prompted in any way: "I will do an event for your fund-raising".
The children's authors are a seam through Take Off Your Party Dress. Philip Pullman was the first person to email me when I wrote about being diagnosed with cancer, and Adele Geras - who posts comments on this blog, hurrah!! - started emailing me when I was having treatment though we had never - at that point - met.
They are a community, the children's authors - and boy, do they bitch about each other, remind me to tell you the story some day about Michael Morpurgo on Anthony Horowitz being billetted to a less than five-star hotel - but, and I speak as someone who knows tight-knit communities, the children's authors are a community of good things.