What a Night!

The Charity Gig for St Barnabas Hospice last night was more than a sell out! So many people came that they had to sit outside and it wasn’t very warm. The Featherstone Jazzmen were brilliant as usual and Jasmin Goddard was excellent. All the readers managed to operate with a microphone for the first time. This is the third Gig we have done and they are different each time. The first was in a church hall with us doing teas and the second was in a Leisure Centre, both with a mixture of folk and stories. Last night we had jazz instead but the pub wasn’t really big enough for all the people who came. We made over £200 for the charity but need to find a different venue next time if we are going to be so popular.

It doesn’t work as a time to sell books but we are getting known in the area as a lively writing group eager to show people what we can do. It is good to feel we are part of a group as writing can be lonely.

I’ll add a cropped photo just to give everyone a laugh.gigface


Homophone trip up.

I really thought I was immune from homophone errors but when you are tired they creep up on you. Not content with printing one in my last book, now I am doing it on line. I wrote ‘comparing’ knowing it felt like the wrong word. I wasn’t going to set two things against each other, I am going to ‘compere’ the gig. I would have written MC but I think that always looks odd written down.

Frankly, I don’t feel like doing either at present and am hoping I can buck up by Wednesday. I have some multi vitamins with iron somewhere. Will they make me feel better? My poor little novel has been temporarily abandoned, but I did buy one last week, just to check on the house style. It will be a new venture, writing for a magazine rather than self publishing. We’ll see in the autumn if I pass muster!bookwormclipart

Arranging a launch

To continue about marketing. I did go to the little café round the corner and fix a date for the launch of our poetry anthology  “Coconut Ice.” What with trying to find musicians and a venue for our next charity gig and writing a piece for the special ” Food for Thought” tea on Wednesday afternoon it has been quite a busy few days.

Now to design some posters to advertise the events. I also have to remember to put the adverts in the local paper for our Friendship Centre meetings. Unfortunately they now happen on the same afternoons as our writing group meetings and one of my exercise classes. I am trying to alternate them but it doesn’t work with three! Luckily one is weekly, one is fortnightly and one is monthly.

It’s such a pity the monthly meals with jazz have ended because that pub is closing but we still listen to them at the Leisure Centre. It isn’t quite the same. A few years ago it was the highlight of our month – but that was before the place changed hands and the food went ‘trendy’ and expensive. No wonder they lost customers.

Never mind, the band have offered to play at the Sea scribes’ next gig so we will still hear them twice in one month!


Music for Charity

Greg Harper arranged another of his charity music evenings on Saturday, for Compassion in World Farming. He was performing with Sarah Stirling, Chris Denham and Nigel Ratcliffe. What a great line up! Chris was on bass guitar and Nigel was his usual enthusiastic self on piano and vocals. Greg had some new songs and the contrast with Sarah’s sweet tones made the whole evening a great success. Folk songs really are poetry to music and one added effect was the changing light system that Greg used which reminded me of ‘Pointless’ but was obviously intended to enhance the mood of each song. I took one photo with a blue background but the yellow was probably better!Greg and Sarah

The Charity Gig results

I’m hoping I can find a good photo to put with this post. The charity gig for St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing raised £200 and I now have some pictures of some of the musicians and readers but I am going to try to show you the lady who won the lucky ticket prize –  a funny bear clutching a bottle of red wine. Some of my photos won’t come on and I don’t know why. Here goes!

Tunes prizewinner

Recording a magazine

Those of you who follow my blog know I am one of the readers for the Sussex Coast Talking News. Each year we are asked to produce a 35minute magazine with items of interest to the listeners, historical, travel, personal or local.  This December I am planning an interview with someone who will talk on ” Singing for Health,” as this is something I take part in and believe it has undiscovered benefits.

I also have a festive short story to read,based on the activities of a group of elderly ladies who decide to put on a show. It’s too long for our charity event but I might put it into an anthology at a later date. The gig was advertised in the local paper today and may be in again next week but as it comes out on a Thursday and the gig is on a Friday it may get missed. I’ll try to find a picture of a similar event to liven up this post.Woodies Xmas party 2017


Planning a Gig

After my debut performance at Woodies folk club I am now back to planning for our Charity Gig on November 23rd at Lancing Leisure Centre.

The Sea Scribes and the Friends of St Barnabas are combining to host a “Tunes and Tales” event with stories, music and the odd verse. We shall have a raffle for the charity and a prize for the lucky ticket and a number of folk musicians have offered to play and sing between the readings.

All I have to do is work out a programme. The writing group members will be timing their contributions next week and then I need to slot them between the other performers. Last time it ended too soon so I have a few limericks ready to fill in the spaces. We also have books for sale. St Barnabas is our local hospice and almost all of us know someone who has been involved with the charity or used their facilities. Not only will I be offering our novels but we also have anthologies for sale which will make ideal gifts.Broadwater book table