Planning ahead

Still not writing, but I am planning. First we have the UK Southern Book Show in October and I have to give a ten minute talk, then we have a charity gig in November when the Sea Scribes and the Friends of St Barnabas in Worthing are combining to entertain with stories, poems and songs. Although my singing is atrocious I have been trying to learn a song to sing at the folk club we attend , on an Open Mic night.

The rest of the time I am designing posters and advertising. I don’t have a publishing package so I do it on Open Office. I really should get some more book marks done, or at least, some up to date business cards.

I’ll try to load up one of my recent efforts.

A Bend in the Lane flyer

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1960s

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Tonight’s talk with the Worthing Friendship Centre is about the 1960s. an era we lived through. Married in 1966, with our first son born in 1968 it made me hunt out some old photographs. Of course they are all prints in albums. not images on a computer screen, or on a smartphone.

I won’t try to reproduce any here but I will try to recreate the fashion. I don’t suppose anyone else will, but I do have a skirt that is fairly short. The only older person who wears such short hemlines is Theresa May and I don’t think they look quite right on her, or a tubby old girl like me, but we’ll give it a go!

I’m really lost with no book on the go so I’ll clear out the airing cupboard instead. I’ve used the cover of my sixties book as an image as I know folk like pictures.

The UK Southern Book Show.

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.bookwormclipart

Planning a Gig

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.

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Review comment and event.

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.

Sussex Coast Talking News

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.

Another poem

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!