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Ginger Spice to switch on lights

PUBLISHED: 15:24 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 23 August 2010

book reading: Geri Halliwell.

book reading: Geri Halliwell.

A FORMER Spice Girl turned children s author will read to shoppers from her latest book as the festive season is launched at a shopping centre. Geri Halliwell, known to millions as Ginger Spice, is due to read extracts from Ugenia Lavender: The One And O

A FORMER Spice Girl turned children's author will read to shoppers from her latest book as the festive season is launched at a shopping centre.

Geri Halliwell, known to millions as Ginger Spice, is due to read extracts from Ugenia Lavender: The One And Only before turning on the lights at Bluewater, in Greenhithe tonight.

She spoke to the Kentish Times ahead of her visit about the inspiration for the books and her work with the United Nations.

Speaking about the series, whose namesake heroine wants to be a superstar, the 36-year-old said: "It's partly based on real life - all the books are. I enjoy writing them because I can be as naughty as I like and I can't do that in real life because of the consequences.

"In the new book Ugenia is always referring to this movie star Hunk Roberts and she tries to live her life like him.

"It is about the reality of having children and how unreal the celebrity world can be.

"I have tried to make Ugenia as real as possible - she is flawed, like all humans. She gets into trouble, but there are consequences to her actions, which is an important lesson for kids to learn.

"But the books are supposed to be fun, really. I don't think morals should be rammed down children's throats."

Ms Halliwell, sold over 55million CDs during the 1990s when the group stormed the charts with their feisty brand of 'girl power'.

Since leaving the group the mother-of-one, who has a daughter called Bluebell Madonna, has enjoyed a successful reunion tour but is now focusing on her writing and role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

She added: "I try to speak to peoples' hearts and minds. I am not a political animal, I just care but I wouldn't claim to be a role model, I am just doing the best I can."

During her visit to Bluewater she will read from the new book in the Winter Wonderland at 4pm and sign copies at the Waterstone's bookstall before the Christmas light switch-on at 6pm.

There will then be a fireworks display, followed by an ice-skating performance at the ice rink and a chance to see Santa in his grotto.

elizabeth.thornton@archant.co.uk

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