What a great start to the week. I gave two talks on ” My Life and Works” and sold five books at each. The audience at these social gatherings are always so kind and friendly that they are a joy to do, even if I do have a half hour walk to a train station pulling my trolley. My fault for refusing to take the car!
It is always interesting to discover which part of the talk interests them most and it is usually the fact that I used to tutor dyslexics. It is amazing how many people tell me of someone in their family with the same problem and the stories about help or lack of it depending on where they live.
Tonight I am taking some poems to a folk club as they sometimes allow me to recite.Hopefully by Saturday my printer will be operating and I can start advertising our next Charity Gig. Pity I’ll miss Crawley Book Fair but I do like my annual weekend in a hotel and this time it’s Cardiff.
I am trying to take my phone with a camera everywhere like the youngsters do and this week I’m feeling cheerful as the kitchen has a new lighting system and someone is coming to fix my printer.
This picture ( if it comes out) is of our favourite traditional jazz band, the Featherstone Jazzband who play at a number of venues in Sussex including Lancing Leisure Centre.
Our writing group. the Sea Scribes, will be booking the leisure centre for a charity gig in November with music from local folk singers and stories and poems from the group. We will also have books for sale.
As soon as this is confirmed it will be on my website, http://www.juliecround.co.uk where you can find a gallery of everything I have been involved in for the last few years.
This time, really about folk music. The Willows in Arundel had two spotlights last night as well as a plethora of new musicians. We heard Boys Night Out, who gave us a chance to singalong and then Bamboozle -pictured. A great variety, thanks, Evette.
I took the smartphone to our monthly jazz evening and took a photo of the Featherstone Jazzmen with guest trumpeter.
We are now supporting them twice a month as they also play at Lancing Leisure Centre.
The trouble is, traditional jazz appeals to traditional people and the new chef at the pub is offering fancy, TV-type food when we were used to regular old-fashioned meals, with curries for variety. We don’t even get the mint with our bill as we used to and the desserts are £7 each. Maybe I’m just out of date but it doesn’t make it quite as homely an event as it used to be. Thank goodness the music is just as brilliant as ever.
Broadwater had a Carnival Day yesterday , combined with the fire Station Open Day. There were stalls, a fancy dress competition, demonstrations by belly dancers, kung fu children and adults, music and lots of delicious food and drink on offer.
Th weather was hot and most stalls had gazebos but Elaine and I had a little table with our books displayed and an umbrella to act as a parasol in the sunshine. We had selected the books with a Worthing theme but we were on the less obvious part of the field, backing on to what would have been the dog show arena if it hadn’t been too hot to hold it.
We did take it in turns to walk round and see the charity stalls, have a go on the tombolas, admire the craft stalls and chat the to the scouts and cadets.
It was helpful to be next door to the ‘Inside Tarring’ stall where other writers congregated, especially as the editor had given me a superb write-up in July’s issue.However, folk who came up and said ‘ We saw you in the magazine’ did not seem eager to discover more about my books and Elaine had a customer before I did.
Did I put them off with my funny hat? I tried to fit in with the ‘Circus’ theme of the day but I took off the red coat as it was too hot. I can’t get my picture to come up so I’ve put on one of a country singer as the one disappointment was that the folk group booked to play couldn’t compete with the disco music and went home early.
By the end of the day we both felt it had been worthwhile but exhausting and I spent most of the evening asleep!
Worthing Friendship Centre members had a lovely summer tea with musical accompaniment by Peter Ridge, who played all the old standards so that we could sing along. The English Martyrs Barn in Goring is a perfect venue for such events and we are moving there permanently in September.
The church is noted for its recreation of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.