In just a few weeks time I’ll be making my first visit to Barnard Castle – so important in the life of King Richard. I will be visiting at the invitation of the Northern Dales Richard III Group who are very generously donating a copy of The Order of the White Boar to every primary school leaver in the town to celebrate its links with the King.
(Thanks to the Northern Dales Richard III Group for the photo)
Yes, you did read that correctly – *every* primary school leaver. That’s 100 children who will receive a free copy of a book telling them about the real Richard III. While many of them, being local to one of his favourite residences, will no doubt already know much about him, others may be learning about him for the first time – and learning about the real man, not the Shakespearean monster. And that is what my books are all about – getting his story out to children before they’re exposed to the myth.
I’ll be signing every copy and presenting them to those I’m able to on the day (6th July). Hopefully this way of marking their progress from primary to senior school will be something that they will remember for many years to come. I know I remember the books that were given to me to mark various special occasions in my childhood. Thank you so much to Kim Harding and fellow members of the Northern Dales Group for making it happen.
After the school visits, I hope to be able to visit the castle itself and, as many Ricardians do, stand in the window that Richard himself had built and marvel at the view that caused him to place it there – standing in the very spot where he must often have stood.
Then it will be on to Middleham for the weekend festival (6-8 July). And this year I’m determined to make it to the lighting of the beacon at the Castle…
If you know of anywhere else where a donation of books about King Richard might be of interest, please do get in touch.