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.
Last night, at the Willows folk club in Arundel we heard a band called ‘Porchlight Smoker’ and they were a revelation. Four musicians with a variety of instruments, including a Syrian drum, a mandolin, a banjo, guitars and a bass. They could all sing and gave us a selection of bluesy numbers. I didn’t want them to stop.
Today we are preparing for Broadwater Carnival where Elaine and I are having a stall with our books for sale. The theme is ‘Circus’ but as we are not in the parade there is no requirement for us to dress up. However, I may make a tiny effort, just for the fun of it.
At least I could try to get a picture. Sorry I didn’t take one of Porchlight Smoker.
On 28th October, at Field Place in Worthing we are having another UK Southern Book Show.This is the perfect opportunity for authors who do not get a lot of exposure to show what they have been writing and publishing. There is always a great variety of books on display with videos, refreshments and a friendly casual atmosphere unlike events in the capital. Along with talks, discussions and readings this promises to be even better than the one in the Spring. Stands are being booked already so if you are interested try http://www.uksouthernbookshow.co.uk.
Well, it happened! The launch for “A Bend in the Lane” at Worthing Pavilion Cafe/Bar on Tuesday was attended by a good number of dedicated readers who made the whole event worthwhile. It was gratifying to be told that one friend was happy to buy four copies as Christmas presents, and encouraging to know that people are still interested in the family I began writing about in 2007. I try not to say it is a series as I know folk might be put off. Each book does stand alone but the characters continue to fascinate me and as long as that continues there will be more stories I can tell about them.
What I cannot understand is that wherever the launch is held it does not attract anyone from the public. Why are people so afraid to look at books? I’ll put them in the library before Christmas and find more readers that way but I did plenty of advertising and still had to rely on people I had invited personally. Thankfully they were very supportive.
The Sea Scribes at the Charity Gig with local folk singers. The experiment seemed to work as those who attended said they enjoyed it. I don’t know how much exposure it gave to our writing group but we were pleased we could help the Parkinson’s Society and may do another one next year.
I hope the people who won our books in the raffle liked their prizes. There will be another of my novels out in June and I am about to plan the launch
I don’t have to find a photo from the library this time as I have one taken after our charity gig in aid of the Parkinson’s Society.
I was silly enough to let some of the Sea Scribes members who had organised the event leave the hall before I thought of having a group photo taken but I did grab some balloons and pose for this one, just to give everyone a laugh.
The singers were amazing, the readers were great and the refreshments were very welcome. I don’t know if we’ll have another one but it was a success financially with over 30 people attending and many of them asking about our books.
Well, old phone really. It is full with names and keeps cutting out. I need to swap numbers. I’ll let you know if it works but so far I’m not sure messages are getting through to me on the new one. It said I had 3 messages but I couldn’t find them, unless they were advertising stuff. I’ve tried to block that and we’ll see what happens when someone contacts me. I daren’t change over until I know how to work this one!
Charity Gig tonight and I hope I’ll have some pictures tomorrow.