I’ve never been to a book launch party before or had anything of mine published and so I had no idea what to expect on Thursday. I needn’t have worried although I was absolutely terrified beforehand, especially as I was first up to read! One of the best things about taking part in the Your Messages project was the feeling of writing within a community; in the short time I have been writing, I have realised that it can be a lonely occupation (actually I quite like this bit sometimes!). Meeting the other contributors was an absolute pleasure. The wine, in particular, was a pleasure for my husband who came with me for moral support. For me, it felt a bit like my wedding day as I wished afterwards that I could replay the whole thing slowly enough to savour each moment. It is an enormous privilege to have been part of this project and I hope the Your Messages book raises loads of money for Kids Company.