Ashley Manning

ImageNeil Gaiman handing my girlfriend her book back, after misspelling her name.


I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts that I was going to London soon to meet Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite writers. Well today was that day and it was amazing. I got up early, got an early train to London, was completely squashed by two people. Basically ran to Forbidden Planet from the tube station. And in the end I got to meet, if only briefly, one of my idols and someone who has inspired my writing. Stardust, Coraline, American Gods. Epic novels that I’ve read over and over again.

I was disappointed in Forbidden Planet’s handling of the event. Stay in line for 2 hours, outside, get pushed into a line. I got told off for hesitating when handing Gaiman the book, and then pushed by someone else into the queue to pay for…

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