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.
The Sea Scribes are planning a Charity Gig in aid of Parkinson’s with readings from the group mixed with songs and music from local musicians. It’s an experiment and we don’t know how many people to expect but we hope they will remember us and,maybe, be curious enough about us to investigate our books.
Being a bunch of local authors writing in a variety of styles and publishing in a number of different ways gives folk a choice of reading matter, fiction, non fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, historical and crime.
Also, local musicians don’t always get the exposure they deserve and this will be an opportunity for the audience to relax and join in with familiar songs as well as hearing new ones.
Worthing is becoming a hub of home grown entertainment.
At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.
Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.
I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.
Voice of Progress, the website I asked people to visit to hear the Christmas Pantomime ‘The Wizard of Was’ is changing its name to Sussex Coast Talking News in an effort to give folk a better idea of who we are and what we do.
Every two weeks three volunteers record items of news from the local papers and send them out on CDs for those people who are registered blind or sight limited who have asked for this free service. The area covered stretches from Bognor to Shoreham and encompasses Worthing and Littlehampton.
Extra volunteers for reading or editing are always welcome. The recordings take place in Rustington and the contact number is 01903 776569.
Living in Worthing we have had a company digging up our roads to give us new plastic gas pipes and this has caused me to write this silly little verse.
Today the corner of our street sprouted another barrier
They’re such a pretty apple green but make the road much narrower
Behind this simple plastic fence are tunnels deep and wide
And showing, when the digger’s gone, bright yellow pipes inside.
For every road in our fine town has gas pipes to replace-
The pavement’s blocked and little signs warn people there’s no space.
The cones, like sentries, guard the holes and keep the cars away
How glad I’ll be when they’ve moved on, leaving the pavements grey.
The patchwork footpath now looks odd but maybe it is good-
Pink paving stones can crack and lift – and it is time we should
Be grateful to the company for making it all neater
As long as it does not demand we have a new Smart meter!
People supporting Armed Forces Day, leaving the Steyne
Umbrella’s up – racing to get out of the rain
Their duty done, tombola tickets bought
And sympathy extended to the belly dancers
Gyrating in the breeze, smiling at the applause.
Now homeward bound along the prom
Coat collars up, hoods hiding hair.
A coach load of day trippers from Wales
Running from the windy pier – glad to be going home.
This is Worthing on a cold summer Saturday.
Even with the Artists’ trail to follow
It is not a place to stand and stare
Or look at a flapping gazebo of books.
Six local authors see their hopes
Swept away as folk speed past.
The weather beat us, as we shivered,
Our precious offerings ignored.
“I’ll come back” said one lady,
“I’m doing the trail – you’ll still be here?”
A young man stopped, demonstrating to his friends
He could appreciate words on a page
But gave an excuse, leaving without a book.
A huddle of students ran across the road, not looking back
We stayed, unnoticed, shivering in the wind
So sorry you missed us.
The pantomime has been put on hold as I realised that, although when I wrote it the references were topical, things change so quickly that the world could seem a very different place by Christmas. No matter, I have had a great response from folk who want to participate and I have noted their contact numbers for when I have updated the script.
The poetry anthology is nearly ready. I don’t know how many pages it will be until we get the layout right but there is a fine mix of thoughtful and funny verses.
I am about to revamp my website to emphasise the fact that I am happy to give talks. At the moment the books take centre stage but only the most recent one seems to be selling and the others deserve a look, especially “Never Run Away.” Every time we go to Morrisons I think of the action on the railway line in the story. Morrisons have changed the road layout and a lot of people are getting confused by the new one way system. Time will tell if it is an improvement.