Archive for October, 2007

B O G O H P …

October 24, 2007


… which, as any shopper worth their club points will know, means Buy One Get One Half Price. Now you simply cannot afford NOT to go into the Worcester High Street branch of Waterstones and buy TWO copies of The Legend Of Aranrhod OR, fair enough, buy one copy of The Legend and a copy of another Children’s Book so marked with a sticker on the shelves.  The poster on the wall next to the shelves is a poster advertising The Legend.

I’m still waiting for somebody, anybody, to send me some pics from the Creative Devon Launch which took place on Sunday 14th October. Over 60 people came and had a great time. Some excellent artwork was produced, which will at some point be posted on the Farringdon Society of Arts website, I’ll tell you when it’s on.

 On the right I’m planning three new pages called Far & Wide, Unusual Readings, and I Told My Cousin Wilbur. Ive managed to start the first one, while the other two will follow in the next few days.

Far & Wide is an attempt to keep track of where copies of The Legend have ended up – the countries, states, cities, towns, villages, hamlets, neighbourhoods, prisons, etc. Please write in the comment window such places that you know of and I’m going to get a map and some coloured pins. Does anyone know of an online way of doing that? A map of the world and a map of the UK which would take markers of some kind.

Unusual Readings is, as the title implies, a more unusual page. It is looking for anyone who has read the book in an unusual place, or in unusual circumstances. Now, this doesn’t have to MADLY unusual, like on the space shuttle or the summit of Everest; slightly unusual would do – a transatlantic flight or the summit of Snowdonia. The smallest room in the house is not an unusual place for reading, but if it were a really unusual smallest room … And how about some stories of unusual consequences arising from reading the book? Unexpected encounters. Missing an appointment. Getting the sack. Meeting the love of your life. Changing your life’s course (a book did that for me once).

I Told Cousin Wilbur – Besides YOU being affected when you enjoy reading a book, other people are affected too. Siblings, parents or children may be queueing up to read your copy (how annoying when they keep popping their heads round the door to ask what chapter you’re on!). But what would be most interesting here is who you recommended should buy a copy – not their names, obviously, but your relationship with them, eg neighbour, friend, work colleague, teacher, schoolfriend, relative. Not everybody follows through on such recommendations, and that’s not important here. But whether you recommended the book to someone – maybe several people? – is very important and it would be good to have a record of that on this page. So we see the ripples spreading out, even as far as Cousin Wilbur.

Countdown to the Devon Launch …

October 13, 2007


At 2 o’clock tomorrow, in a Devon location, 60 people will spend 3 hours talking about The Legend Of Aranrhod, drawing it, chatting to a French puppet about it, learning about the business of self publishing, and making a book of the Launch itself. A veritable symposium. Half of the people will be children.

Next week I’ll tell you how it went, and hope to have some photos. Meanwhile I’ve attached a photo of The Legend on the bookshelves of a Waterstones bookstore, a milestone in its journey to the stars. We know the book is being enjoyed by a much, much wider age-range than 9-12, but bookstores have to categorise to bring some order to their stock.

If you live in Devon and would like a copy of the book, you can buy one in the Exeter branch of Waterstones near to Boots’, or from Paragon Books in Sidmouth, or Cameron’s Bookshop in Cullompton.

If you’d like a poster promoting the book, let me know.

If you live in Devon and are connected with a school in the county, why not invite me (or get me invited) to give my Interactive Talk to Years 5 and/or 6? It lasts between half an hour and an hour, according to what the school wants. I bring simple costumes and props and involve a couple of dozen children in the action. It’s not a monologue!

I can be contacted about this and anything else at Thank you.

Another layer …

October 11, 2007

More than one person has suggested to me that the whole story is a dream. Well, it might be. I mean, that is a fair interpretation. I like stories that can be interpreted on different levels, stories that have different layers. Check the Carys page in the sidebar for another interpretation of the story as a rite of passage parable, a glimpse into the mysterious and, to some, frightening passage where we leave childhood behind.

If you’ve not read the book yet, you may not want to read the Page because it does mention elements and events from the story.

Rob Millar’s Feedback …

October 3, 2007

I found Rob Millar’s Comment in the Spam Filter a couple of days ago. It had lain there since July 29th. At last it is seeing the light of day again. It is an interesting comment which looks at The Legend through the eyes of a reluctant child reader and an avid child reader. Now that I’ve learned about the spam filter, I shall check its contents regularly so that this will not happen again. See ‘Your Feedback’.

First one branch, then another …

October 2, 2007

Not to be outdone by Worcester, Exeter Waterstones – the branch next to Boots – is going to stock The Legend Of Aranrhod. So the good people of Devon, who will be excited, alerted, and bowled over by all the publicity about The Legend arising from the Creative Devon Launch at Bishops Court, Clyst St Mary, on Sunday 14th October from 2-5, will be able to dash into the city, find Boots (everyone knows where Boots is), and rush into the Waterstones nearby and BUY A LEGEND. Or two.

But DON’T rush into the Waterstones branch near the Guildhall, for they are NOT stocking The Legend, thank you very much. In fact, if you so much as ask if they DO stock it, you are liable to get a stale sarnie hurled in your direction.

Actually, come to think of it, before going to buy your copy in the branch near Boots, it would be a jolly lark if you firstly went into the branch near the Guildhall and asked for a copy there. When they say ‘No, would you like to order it?’ you should reply ‘No, thanks, I hear they have some in your other branch near Boots.’ and then add, ‘Could you tell me where Boots is?’