Archive for April, 2008

Happy Birthday Aranrhod …

April 25, 2008

photo courtesy of Gary Mackley-Smith

In three days time, April 28th 2008, it will be one year since the first Aranrhod Blog entry. And a couple of weeks ago marked the anniversary of the first print-run of 1,000 copies.

All of that first print-run has gone and this month I began marketing the second thousand copies. I am selling them as I tour, as I did last spring. Interestingly, they are selling in greater numbers than last year.

The photograph is a picture of people arriving at the Devon Launch last October, one of many highlights in the first year of marketing Aranrhod. The photo is courtesy of Gary Mackley-Smith.



The North London Launch …

April 2, 2008

The North London Launch of The Legend of Aranrhod takes place on Saturday 26th April, in St George’s Church, Crayford Road, Tufnell Park, N7 0ND, which is in north east London. The event begins at 2pm and finishes at 5pm. There will be three workshops inspired by the novel: drama, visual art, and literacy.

The drama workshop will be run by a trained drama teacher who lives locally. The visual art workshop will be run by Imogen Hallam, the cover artist for the novel, who will be coming up from Devon for the launch. Her aim is for each participant to create a ‘mini-book’ to take home. The literacy workshop will be run by me, the novel’s author. I will answer questions about the craft of writing – techniques for thinking of ideas; for inventing characters; for plotting, etc. Participants can do some creative writing during the workshop if they wish. I will also fill in some of the backstory to The Legend of Aranrhod, using props and costumes. To cover expenses of materials, etc, there will be a small charge of £1 (50p conc) for each workshop. Signed copies of the novel will be on sale for the discounted price of £5.00.

To enrol, call 07885 619947.

 There will also be a bric-a-brac stall, live music, and a BBQ. It is hoped that the littler children will help to make a dragon which will subsequently be slain by St George!