Enchantment of the Black Dog has been chosen for the Children’s Big Read, an initiative to encourage reading and discussion for young people linked to the Bridport Literary Festival. Children across Bridport will be reading Enchantment of the Black Dog and will share their experiences of reading, taking part in debates and discussions. The Big Read was launched on 3rd October 2011 at Waterstones Bookshop, Bridport . I was assisted by some lovely children from a local primary school, who kept the dragon and mermaid under control and listened to me reading the first chapter. They asked some great questions and we discussed the folklore that underlies the story, the phantom Black Dog, as well as debating Portland’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster, the weird Veasta. We talked about the map at the front of the book and how it helps to imagine Isabel’s journey through the story. I am looking forward to visiting Bridport primary schools to talk to children about the book and their experience of reading the story.