Don’t forget …

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!


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