As a relief from worrying about computing hubby and I went to a concert last night by the Sussex Gruffs and the Pelynt Male Voice choir at the West Worthing Baptist Church.
What a lovely event! The men were resplendent in blazers and scarlet ties and sang a wonderful collection of songs from Cornish medleys to music by Rogers and Hammerstein, The Rose, I have a Dream and, of course, Sussex by the Sea. We also had a soloist with a guitar who sang Cornish songs. The Baptist Church is well known for the social activities that it hosts, French classes and drama groups as well as the Musical Melodies meetings for preschool children, and the coffee bar is a natural draw for anyone wishing to meet local politicians or just have a general natter.
There was wine and a buffet for those who wished to partake after the event and we both felt it was a better way to spend an evening than slumped in front of the TV.
As soon as I start moaning that nothing is happening it all changes! Today I had an invitation to give a talk and the first proof of our poetry anthology. Plenty to do now!
Last night I went to a meeting of West Sussex Writers. The talk was by Paul Holden of the Worthing Journal and he gave an excellent description of his life as a journalist and how newspapers have declined over the last decade. When he left the local newspaper he started up his own monthly booklet which is full of local history and topical news, especially the political challenges that face our town today with the dearth of investigative journalists. Without people like him the public would not be aware of how their money was being spent and the choices the Council make and we certainly wouldn’t have newly painted bus shelters and attractive flower beds! It takes a great deal of research and a dogged determination to supply the locality with such an informative publication and Worthing is lucky to have someone like him to provide it.
There are other publications that continue to do the job that newspapers used to do but so few of us buy papers now that they will soon die out. Advertisements for houses and cars will not keep them going much longer as folk go on line for their news.
This afternoon I pick up my leaflets advertising talks. I am no longer depressed.
I feel I ought to be posting more creatively but seem to be marking time at present. The poetry anthology is with the printer, my new marketing leaflets are ready to be picked up tomorrow, I have entered two competitions and started another story. I don’t think it will be a novel, especially as it is rather controversial but I have wanted to set a tale in the local landmark, an old tower, for some time. It is in a private garden so I don’t have a photograph. I have been asked to do another reading in June and, hopefully my leaflets will bring in more invitations for talks. I didn’t get a new portrait done so the image is about six years old. I tried taking a selfie but it looked like a passport photo so I left the old one. Hubby was very sweet and said ” It’s still YOU”
I used a different image for the Sea scribes trifold which details all our books. That should be ready for our “Food for Thought” afternoon tea at the Ardington Hotel in Worthing on 27th March. I do wear spectacles but I usually take them off for a picture. I didn’t for that one and although it is old it looks more like me. I used to have it on my book marks but put cover images on more recently instead.
If I don’t get any good ideas soon I may even try to find old unfinished works. Not having a book on the go makes me depressed.
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.
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.
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.