Stephen Davies

Children's author writing picture books, chapter books and YA novels. Lived in West Africa for thirteen years amongst Fulani cattle herders. Now shivering back home in London. Up until now all my books have been set in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.

The Goggle-Eyed Goats have launched!

by Stephen Davies

Goggle-Eyed Goats by Stephen Davies and Christopher CorrSome of the most popular posts on this blog are from my blog series The Making of The Goggle-Eyed Goats. So I am pleased to announce that THE GOGGLE-EYED GOATS hardback is now well and truly launched! A flash launch happened at the Rowley Gallery in Notting Hill last night. A less flash launch happened in the north of Burkina Faso yesterday lunchtime, where Charlie and I celebrated quietly with a plate of spaghetti at the auberge overlooking the lake. I had spent half the morning herding goats with my friend Abdulsalam, so I was in a very goaty (caprine? capricious?) mood. Radio/admin work has been quite full-on recently, so it was nice to get back to the bush and hear nothing but Abdulsalam’s gentle banter and the delicious sound of thirty goats munching pedal-pods.

Goat herding is not typically thought of as a good stress-reliever – people here talk of it as something of a nightmare assignment because goats are so wayward – but it’s very enjoyable when you know that the goats are not your own responsibility! I like carrying the long hooked staff and shaking down pods for the goats to rush in and chomp and listening to the kissy-clicky sounds of the real herders as they call their ruminants to order and stepping on a chilluki twig and feeling a thorn go right up through my sandal into my – no, wait, that bit I don’t like.

We’re having a proper Burkina launch for GOATS on 12 March in Ouagadougou, to be held at the International School of Ouagadougou. Reading, book-signing and goats-cheese-pizza-eating. If you can’t make the event, you can still pick up a copy of THE GOGGLE-EYED GOATS at Amazon or elsewhere.

Published: March 2, 2012 | Filed Under: Picture Books

2 Responses to “The Goggle-Eyed Goats have launched!”

  1. I love the way you are using your experiences for your book, it looks delightful. Wishing you a great launch on 12th March.

  2. corne says:

    It’s been ordered and I cant wait to read it to my wee girl Annelie:) and then take it to Namibia where my niece is living on a safari lodge and has a goat called Princess…she will love it:) I would just have to translate it for her as she doesnt understand english yet…he he
    thank you for inspiring us with your stories

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