|Me, at work (ho ho)|
Kate Adie - my childhood heroine when I was deciding on a career in journalism. Don't laugh: war reporter was actually on my list of potential jobs when I was 16 - and to be fair, I do feel as if I am going into battle on a daily basis! Katie is a living legend, and a thoroughly good egg to boot. I particularly enjoyed her dishing out disparaging bollockings to errant journalists who did not conduct themselves appropriately in her presence.
Tony Parsons - Man and Boy remains one of the most poignant books I've ever read (BB, I know you're with me on this one) so it was a treat to spend some time with him. Thoroughly lovely man.
Charlie Boorman - Television adventurer and motorbike rider. A fabulous bundle of positivity and genuinely delighted to be in Dubai.
Marguerite Van Geldermalsen - Wrote the most fabulous 'Married to a Bedouin' book which I have passed to literally everyone I know. I somehow resisted the urge to beg her to write another book.
Michael Morpugo - Children's Laureate - the joy that was all over the face of Natalie (aged 7 ) when she finally met him after waiting patiently for hours with me outside an interview room: priceless.
Expect more updates as they happen over the next few days. Considering the high regard in which I hold many of these people, I think I am holding it together pretty well...