I’m just back from a lovely holiday in Adakoy, Turkey (having learned that dinghy sailing is not really for me – think I’ll stick with yachts. Not only do they have loos, comfy seats and tea-making facilities, they also do not capsize mid-gybe and dump you in the cold Aegean) to find it’s all go with Casting Off. I have now been booked for three events:
Lowdham Book Festival, Saturday June 28, 2pm
The first is at Lowdham Book Festival, in the pretty village of Lowdham, outside Nottingham, on Saturday, June 28 from 2pm-3pm. Ross of Five Leaves, Nottingham city’s only independent bookshop, kindly signed me up to appear and the lovely Jane Streeter, proprietor of The Bookcase in Lowdham, has included me in the brochure.
My mum has already had one person on the phone asking ‘has your daughter written a book? And is she appearing at Lowdham Festival?’ so I reckon I’ve bagged at least one person to join the audience. Go here to download your copy.
I’ll be at the WI hall from 2pm, giving an illustrated talk on ‘letting go’. And there’ll be a reading and a signing and you can buy copies of the book at the festival. It’s free to attend, so please do come along. There are other talks all day, Writing East Midlands is holding a writers’ surgery and there’s children’s activity tents – and CAKE. There – I knew that’d swing it for you.
London launch party, Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, Wednesday July 2, 6.30pm
Strictly speaking, I’ve booked myself for this one but what the hell – come along, have a glass of wine or a beer on me, snaffle a canapé or two and get me to sign a copy of your book. You won’t even have to listen to me drone on (too much) at this one. Oh, and we’re off to the pub afterwards, too.
Nottingham launch party, Waterstones, Bridlesmithgate, Nottingham, Sunday July 6, 1pm
The very kind events manager at Waterstones in Nottingham, Dan Donson, has agreed to throw open the doors of the Alan Sillitoe room on the top floor of Waterstones to help launch Casting Off.
I’ll be giving an introduction to the book, a reading and there’ll be chance to ask questions, too. In order to avoid a massively embarrassing (for me) silence, do laugh loudly at the funny bits and come pre-armed with probing queries. If you’re stuck for ideas, try these:
- What on earth possessed you to fly out to the Borneo jungle to get on a boat with a man you’d never met and sail off with him?
- Would you recommend that other people do what you did?
- But what if they get seasick?
- What do you think is the key to happiness?
- And why, oh why, did you feel you had to share a poo anecdote with your readers?
This is event costs £3 but there’ll be free booze, soft drinks and nibbles in abundance, so you’ll easily earn your money back. Kids are welcome. See Waterstones Nottingham’s website for details.