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.
Last night I gave my new talk, “From Manuscript to Microphone” to Worthing Friendship Centre.
This is the first time I have incorporated recordings into my speech and it felt quite odd listening instead of talking. It needed to be much longer. I had it written out but didn’t stick to the script, thinking I could add bits as I went along. It turned out I missed as many parts as I added so it was still only half an hour.
Still, I did get a booking for another talk and I sold a lot of copies of the poetry anthology and a copy of the “Lane” trilogy.
It takes about five talks for me to get so familiar with the content that I can speak without notes but I may combine the two for the next session. I took a camera and forgot to ask anyone to take a photo. Pity, because I have a new stand for the books and the table looked good. I’ll have to use the old picture.
New bookmarks purchased, with illustrations of book covers on, rather than my photo. While I was out I bought a display stand for the events that are coming up.I may not be writing but I shall be talking and (I hope) selling, in the next few months.My next task is to find some sketches for a spring event. I have looked on line and they just don’t seem funny. I think the secret may be to make them very local and topical but I will research Victoria Wood as she was very gifted that way. We want to mix music and words and give the takings to charity.I just hope my record player is loud enough for the hall next week as I am delivering a talk that includes recordings from the Voice of Progress. I’ll have a rehearsal as I do think having to use apparatus when public speaking is dodgy.
I have two very different talks in the next two weeks. One is for Worthy Words, the writing group run by Wendy Hughes at Worthing Library. Here I am going to tell the group about a course on radio drama that I have just completed.
The following week I am talking the Worthing Friendship Centre members on “From Manuscript to Microphone,”explaining how I went from being a novelist to recording a talking newspaper for the blind. I have some CDs with examples of the kind of thing the Voice of Progress produce. I also have some information about the Calibre audio library as they have the first of my novels.
I have not recorded any other books although I have read some poems for the listeners. I just hope they enjoy the pantomime in December.
Wow! Panto almost ready for recording. Only one missing sound and three of us are working hard to find it. I had fun looking at all the sounds one can find on line. A completely new experience for me and I hope I don’t forget how to do it.
Then the final module of my radio drama course came with so much information I had to print it off. It may be useful soon as I am helping in a workshop next week and promised to tell everyone how I found it.
Writing Magazine sent a Christmas parcel which looks exciting. Somehow I have to get energised to be more creative. If I get started on a musical event for 2018 I may feel I am doing something worthwhile. Meanwhile I have ordered the new bookmarks and the poetry anthology is still selling well.
Perhaps I’ll try to take more pictures next year.
I have just spent the morning searching through CDs to find examples of the talking newspaper that I can include in my next talk.
I usually tell people about my life and the books I have written but this time the title is “From Manuscript to Microphone” and I am going to talk about how recording my first novel led to being a reader for the Voice of Progress and the recordings I have done over the last six years, culminating, of course, in this December’s pantomime.
The first part of each recording is a round up of local news, taken from newspapers in the area and the second part is a magazine, compiled by one of the readers which can include an interview, travel experiences, history or music. I often read a poem or two.
I only have one booking for 2018 but as I am no longer willing to drive in the dark perhaps that’s a good thing!
I have now heard the panto as my friend sent it on dropbox. Not much needs changing and it should be out in early December . Once it is on line anyone will be able to hear it.
As for the radio play. I have now reached week four and am half way through the first scene. I think I’ll have to get round the lack of internal thought by having a character write a letter and read it to herself out loud. We’ll see.
My tutor seems fascinated by the differences between characters so I’ll have to think more about their ages and personalities. Should be planning my talk on reading for radio or writing a ghost story but can’t think of an original angle.