Holly Smale at Bath Children’s Literature Festival


Creator of the bestselling Geek Girl books, Holly Smale helps to channel your inner nerdiness. Hear about All That Glitters, the latest calamity-strewn adventure starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. What do you know?


Date 27-09-2015
Time 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue Mission Theatre
I received a free ticket for reviewing this event.


This was Holly Smale’s second appearance at Bath Children’s Literature Festival and in a sold out venue Holly Smale and chair (John McLay) began by talking about Holly Smale studying Shakespeare at Bristol University. Of course no Geek Girl event would complete without learning some geekish facts, so did you know William Shakespeare invented the word “eyeball”?

There are plenty more of course, how about some Holly Smale tidbits: she was ‘spotted’ 4 times in 1 hour to be a model. Or the fact that she has a bookshelf full of fact books, most of them with the word toilet in the title. Or how about the time that Holly Smale had a job selling compost?

How am I doing?

Ok one more, Holly Smale’s first book was supposed to be an award winning novel all about death. That novel is hiding in a drawer somewhere and will never see the light of day.

Anyway, back to the event. As you can tell it was full of fun little stories about Holly Smale growing up, her experience as a model and her writing journey.

Holly Smale also read the beginning of the 4th book of the Geek Girl series which made me fall in love with Harriet all over again. I can only recommend those books.

At the end there was a Q & A with the audience, which overran a little because there just so many people. 🙂


Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Geek Girl Books reviewed:
Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2)
Geek Girl


The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival runs from
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October.

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4 thoughts on “Holly Smale at Bath Children’s Literature Festival

  1. Holly Smale is coming to a YA convention in Dublin soon, I’ll have to get at least one Geek Girl read by then! I’ve heard very good things, and she seems really cool 🙂 Great post!

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