Archive for September, 2007

Buy it at your local Waterstones …

September 28, 2007

… BUT only if you live in Worcester or environs!

Yes, the High Street branch of Waterstones, Worcester, is stocking The Legend Of Aranrhod according to their policy of supporting local authors. Indeed they’re going to put a sign under the book saying Local Author. Frankly, they could put a sign up saying ‘Trash’ and I’d be happy because ANY sign attracts the browser’s attention, which is paramount in a bookstore with thousands and thousands of titles.

It’s been ‘outward-facing cover’ this week but I reckon for not much longer – I tremble to think what that six inches of shelf real estate is worth. But I imagine The Legend’s shelf-life will be pretty short even when it’s taking up a mere 18mm of shelf-space with only the spine showing.

If you were thinking of buying a copy as a Christmas present for someone, it would be nice to show your appreciation of Waterstones’ Local Policy by popping in and making your purchase at the High Street branch. A bit tricky if you live in Leeds or Folkestone, but maybe a local person could buy it on your behalf?

Meanwhile, half the 60 invitations to the Creative Devon Book Launch at Bishops Court, Clyst St Mary, have gone out, and a shortlist for the other 30 is currently being drawn up. Is your name there? Is your name even in the hat? It will be an event not to be missed, on Sunday October 14th from 2pm to 5pm. Write to me at  

Don’t forget …

September 26, 2007

Requests for invitations to the Creative Devon Launch of The Legend of Aranrhod are starting to come in. It looks set to be a fun and creative day. Write to me at if you have bought the book and would like to come to the Launch. Numbers will have to be limited, so write soon. It is set to take place at Bishops Court, in Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, on Sunday 14th October, from 2-5pm. Tea and cakes will be served.

The event is being sponsored and organised by The Farringdon Society of Arts. The FSA has in a very short time made a name for itself, inside and outside Devon, for innovative and exciting arts projects which attract artists from near and far to join in where they can.

This ‘Creative Launch’ of The Legend of Aranrhod is a perfect example of this, with local artists Sarah Gillard and Imogen Hallam (she did The Legend’s cover) leading brief, 20-minute seminars on book illustration and Priscilla Trenchard on bookmaking, for example, in which invitees will be encouraged to participate. Materials will be provided.

In addition, the author will be available for chats about his book and writing in general, while there will be a curious, but unmissable, appearance of Monsieur Moustache, the eccentric French puppet – who has of course read the book and is longing to discuss it … in French!

This is surely a unique approach to a book launch, which normally adheres to a traditional pattern of speeches, press releases and booksignings. The FSA’s approach uses a book’s launch as the catalyst to encourage people to be creative themselves.

And for anyone who has contemplated publishing their own book, as I have done, you can’t afford to miss the seminar to be led by Dave Haslett, whose self-publishing imprint ideas4writers2 published The Legend Of Aranrhod for me.

As at all FSA events, there will be artists present who work in all kinds of media, so in the closing session there will be an opportunity to mix, to exchange ideas, get new inspiration, while consuming tea and delicious cakes!

It’s going to be fun. Write for an invitation.

Oh, and you will be able to buy discounted, signed copies of The Legend of Aranrhod for Christmas presents, etc – this aspect of ordinary book launches kind of crept in when we weren’t looking!

Sunday, October 14th – The Devon Launch …

September 13, 2007

The Devon Launch of The Legend Of Aranrhod will take place at Bishops Court, Clyst St Mary, near Exeter. It will be on Sunday, October 14th, at 2pm. It will last a couple of hours plus tea and cake and chat.

It’s a rare opportunity to see inside Bishops Court, for the house is in private hands. You’d need to be invited to one of the twelve weddings a year that take place there, and what are the chances of that?

If you want an invitation to the Devon Launch, write to me at and I’ll tell you how to go about it. The Launch is being sponsored by the FSA – the Farringdon Society of Arts, which is fast becoming known in the South West for its innovative and exciting approach to community arts projects.

One Thousand and Counting …

September 7, 2007

At this very moment there have been 1,000 visits to this blog (and they don’t count mine!).

I wonder who the 1,000th was? Someone who visited since midnight.

Keep a-coming and we’ll have to think of a prize for the 10,000th visitor. And the millionth.

My Favourite …

September 5, 2007

Today I learned a reader’s favourite character. It was Zach ‘because he’s funny and adventurous’.

Do YOU have a favourite character in The Legend Of Aranrhod? If so, can you tell us who and why?