Free Princess BMX Event Marks Countdown to 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships

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With two years to go until the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships take place in Glasgow and across Scotland, I’m super excited to help mark the countdown, alongside two-time Olympic gold-medallist and Track Cycling World Champion Katie Archibald, with a free event hosted by Glasgow Life’s Aye Write and Wee Write book festivals.

Katie’s event was broadcast live on the 24 August and be available to watch on demand for three weeks.  To watch for free, please subscribe to the Glasgow Live Vimeo account.

My event, pitched at children 7+ will be available to watch from 10am on Monday 6 September until 10am on Monday 18 October 2021. You’ll find full details here but I’ve also pasted the blurb below!

As part of the celebrations over 2000 copies of Princess BMX will be given away for free and distributed throughout Glasgow Life’s libraries across the city. Books can be picked up from Monday 6 September from any open library.

But if you don’t live in Glasgow there’s good news for you too as Princess BMX will be back in stores very soon and I’ll be offering some free virtual Q and A sessions to schools along with the opportunity for children to buy signed books. More details soon!

#BeMoreBMX with Marie Basting

#BeMoreBMX with Marie Basting

Join Marie Basting, author of Princess BMX, in her quest to find the extreme sporting hero within all of us. 

With their resilience and team spirit, there is so much we can learn from BMXers. Marie talks about her own childhood and the limits others tried to put on her.  She will talk about how she came to write a book about a BMXing princess and why adopting an extreme sporting mindset is the key to achieving your ambitions.

Also get a chance to create your very own upside-down fairy-tale adventure, and lots of laughs, learn all about this world of bikes and radical adventures while discovering why you too need to #BeMoreBMX!! 

Suitable for: Ages 7+ 

Six Months of Princess BMX in Pictures

Six months. Yes, I repeat, six months. That’s a big fat half year since Princess BMX wheelied her way into the world. I’m saving all the words for book two, so here are some of the highlights in pictures.

It’s launch day and I wake up to find my social media streams full of BMX riding authors.

And then the reviews start to come in. Princess BMX is a Guardian Book of the Month!

Like that wasn’t exciting enough, I got to see my book on the shelf…

And on the table…

And in between a blog tour, signing books and chatting to booksellers, I celebrate with friends and family and take Tyson on holiday.

September was all about my #BeMoreBMX tour. Thank you to the wonderful booksellsers and librarians who took me out to meet readers.

And thank you to all the friends and family who came along to help me celebrate at my belated Biscotti themed Book Launch Party.

October leaves fell but Princess BMX soared.

I appeared at the Rochdale Festival of Literature and Ideas where I met the fantastic Mrs Wylie…

Who brought me some very interesting letters from my book pen pals.

November meant more school visits and I had my very own display in Salford libraries…

And I appeared at the Chicken House Roadshow with the fantastic Dan Smith and James Nicol.

I celebrated Princess BMX with SCBWI friends at the Mass Book Launch at our Winchester Conference…

Where I also won an Outstanding Contribution award.

And before I knew it, December was here and it was time for Christmas cheer with writer friends at Gladstone Library.

There was also some Christmas craziness with my Book Pen Pals.

January has been a mixed bag, with lurgy and tax returns and other boring stuff. But there’s still been time for fun…

So, yes, it’s been a mad six months. The camera has only captured the good times, but there were also wobbles and falls and moments of extreme debut fear. Thankfully, I had my SWAG friends to keep me on the BMX track. (Shame I didn’t have a shot of us all xxx)

And then there’s been you guys: family, friends, bloggers and other writers cheering me along the way. I can’t thank you enough. You are all extreme BMX!

Princess BMX Blog Tour

Just one week to publication and I’m excited to share with you details of the Princess BMX blog tour:

You can also read more about my debut journey and the inspiration behind Princess BMX at Words and Pictures Magazine and Madge Eekal Reviews. Thank you to everyone who has or will be hosting a blog. It really is appreciated.