Yesterday evening I had the privelege of attending Puffin's 70th birthday, which was warm, friendly and fabulous. An exhibition of Puffin Books tracing a timeline from Puffin's inception to the present day, and featuring original artwork, provided a pleasant and nostalgic trip down memory lane. There were speeches, 'Happy Birthday' was sung to a large stuffed Puffin on display in the centre of the room, and there was a real sense of shared purpose and reward.
Older people who had worked with Puffin Books for twenty or thirty years and have now retired celebrated alongside the newest and youngest members of the staff, and there was an impressive turn-out of well-known and fantastic authors and illustrators. I'm so glad I had the chance to attend.