ITEM: Night down the pub with Andy Stanton and Anthony McGowan
DETAILS: Join Andy Stanton and Anthony McGowan, two of the UK’s leading children’s/YA authors, as they sit around one of their favourite London pubs talking about the sort of thing that two of the UK’s leading children’s/YA authors normally talk about. (This will probably include, but not be limited to: which authors they hate and/or are jealous of; moaning about royalties; Andy’s troubles with women; an update on Tony’s latest faux pas on social networks, etc.) Also, the winning bidder is allowed to contribute too, let’s make that clear right now, it’s not like you have to just come and listen to us going on about stuff. You can ask us all sorts of questions about writing. Or anything you want. Or, well, look, it’ll be fun, right, we’ll just have a good old chat down the pub. How bad can it be?
OK, this has all gotten a bit complex quite quickly. So we’re putting these rules in place:
1/ No, we won’t be buying all your drinks and snacks for the evening, disregard that suggestion from Tony, he’s insane. Just think of it as a night out in the real world with your mates, exactly the sort of drinks-buying algorithm that applies in the normal world will apply on this night.
2/ Up to five people can come and join us down the pub. So that’s Tony & Andy; plus up to five of you lovely lot.
3/ You can form bidding cartels if you like. But nominate ONE PERSON as head of the cartel to put the bids in. That way, let’s say ‘Bidder X’ bids £100 and ‘Bidder Y’ bids £110. Bidder Y will win because the grand total is bigger. Bidder Y may be representing themself only; or they may be fronting a cartel of two, three, four or five bidders. Whether the winning bidder represents one, two, three, four or five people, it’s the total bid that counts.
4/ Cartels aren’t the only way to get five people along on the night. A single bidder working alone can win the auction and then choose to bring up to four of their friends along who haven’t paid anything.
5/ Once the auction’s ended you’ll have to declare how many people are coming to join us in total.
6/ Everyone coming along on the night must be 18 or over.
7/ ***BID BIG!*** It’s for a good cause and we’ll have a lot of fun.