Writing on Water Book Launches

Well this is it! The launching of my short stories at last! More than a year after publication was thankfully agreed by Welsh Publisher Seren, and at the encouragement of their then Fiction Editor, Penny Thomas, Writing on Water was launched in Ramsgate, where I lived for several years from the 70s onwards. It was great to see old faces and new at the Royal Temple Yacht Club overlooking Ramsgate’s stunning harbour where I had spent many an afternoon when my children were young, and later as an artist and writer involved in many artistic pursuits. The event was part of POW!Thanet, a new festival celebrating the work of women artists, and again, being part of women’s events had been a big part of my life and development when I lived in Kent. The theme of water stemming from the book is happily twinned with Seren, themes of sirens and oceans, transformations, migrations … Water was certainly in profusion at my second event, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 29th March. The skies opened and the drive along the coast road was full of peril, and the campus awash with pools of rainwater, not good for ones’ nice shoes! The welcome however, from Words & Words organiser, Mary Jacob, was very warm, and we forgot the weather as we shared our stories and poetry in the stylish arts building. My third event, at the Cellar Bards in Cardigan, last Friday night, was preceded by the baking of cakes, brandy infused chocolate marbled cake, vanilla cupcakes, and chocolate brownies heavy on chocolate. The Cellar Bards meet on the last Friday of every month, and the new organisers are poets Jackie Biggs and Dave Urwin, who have married their journalistic and gardening skills to organising, compering and setting a new approach to the mic of Open Mic and Guest, with music now being included in the eclectic mix. The Bards were treated to a first – Cellar Bar owner Steve Greenhalgh rose to the occasion by taking to the mic himself, after years of listening to Spoken Word from the wings whilst twiddling with the technical bits. A huge Thank You to all who came along to these events, those who offered such positive feedback on my work, who bought books and who took part. My next event will be during Canterbury’s fabulous Wise Words Festival on May 4th, with the wonderful Jan Montefiore reading from her latest work. In a chapel, by a river … let’s hope it doesn’t rain! And if it does, no matter, there will be Writing on Water!

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