Thursday, 25 August 2011

Teaching materials and author sessions for schools

I'm busy now preparing literacy materials to go with the book as a teaching pack. Should be ready by September. Brochure in preparation for school projects and sessions-if you are interested I can offer competitive rates and a varied menu of activities for Primary and Year 7 pupils.

Signings at Millom and Broughton Show on Saturday from 9-30am in the Craft Tent-hope it goes as well as the Hawkshead Show! On Bank Holiday Monday I'll be at Crooklands Garden Centre Dalton again from 11am and with some activity sheets too! All copies purchased will be signed! Come on down and see me!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

New events planned

Two more boxes of books delivered-getting ready to appear at Hawkshead Show in the heart of the Lakes-can't wait! Just hope its not too wet-forecast for rain so far, but hopefully we will still see the visitors! I'll be in the Horticultural space in the Craft tent...maybe they put me there because I'm a "growing talent"? Sorry about that... Anyway I will be there, ready to sign copies and discuss the book with anyone who wants to! Its on Tuesday at Hawkshead Hall Farm -See you there!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

writing again

well Im glad to say my Muse is back (not the pop group) and I am writing quite an exciting new chapter-its a bit bloody and I'm concerned I may have to tone it down for my kiddies' audience! However, it is no worse than some bits in Shadowmancer by GP Taylor or even (not that I would dare compare my writing to JK)Harry Potter. Anyway-at least the words are coming...need to keep the momentum going and not let the day to day issues of being jobless intervene!
On another issue-Alice Leach( a veteran local historian) are trying to assemble a new support group for Furness Abbey to try and encourage more visitors and provide events! All in concert with the valiant efforts of English Heritage of course-but even they would accept visitor numbers are small and the abbey though significant is under promoted!
Met one of my "characters" at Abbey Mill on Sunday and told him he had inspired one of the lead characters in Out of Time! He was delighted and said I'd made his day...but he'd made mine too!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

11th August Wet and windy signing at Crooklands Garden Centre

What a horrible day-rain, rain and more rain! But some stalwarts turned out to visit Crooklands excellent garden centre-most to be be fair were heading toward the cafe! However, that was good because they had to pass my book signing table! Steady flow of customers and lots of chat and discussion about Furness Abbey. The staff made me feel very welcome and plied me with coffee and biscuits which was kind. Lovely tranquil venue and I have an invitation to return on Bank Holiday Monday-when hopefully the sun will make an appearance and bring more visitors.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Crooklands Garden Centre and cafe Dalton-in-Furness author signings

Bags packed, props assembled, signs prepared-ready to go! Signing from 11am tomorrow at Crooklands Garden Centre-hope lots of you come on down and see me for a chat, or to buy a signed copy of Out of Time. If its wet-no matter-the garden centre shop and cafe are open-look forward to meeting you all

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

getting ready to sign

Preparing some props to adorn my signing table this week. Cant wait to receive the lovely swan Ive oredered from ebay-he will go well with the lovely gargoyle I bought from Crooklands Garden Centre-where...coincidentally I am signing copies of my book on Thursday at 11am. Looking forward to the Abbey Cafe craft fair on Sunday too-just hope the weather stays fine :)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Crooklands Garden Centre and cafe Dalton-in-Furness author signings

Well you will have spotted the deliberate mistake...signings are on Thursday 11th August from 11am...ooops

Signing at Crooklands Garden Centre, Dalton-in-Furness

Preparing for a day's signing at Crooklands Garden Centre and Cafe at Dalton-in-Furness-the ancient capital of Furness and an important location in "Out of Time". Couldn't think of a nicer place to do a signing. I'll be there from 11am on Thursday 11th August and will be pleased to discuss the book and sign copies. Visitors will enjoy the surroundings and can browse and complete their visit by sampling the excellent cakes and coffee in the cafe. Hopefully we will have a lovely day for it and lots of interested visitors. Come down and see me and get your personally signed copy

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

more craft fairs and signings

Can't wait for 14th August -doing signing and readings at Abbey Mill Cafe, Furness Abbey from 12 noon onwards. It will be great to read chapters in the actual setting of the book-hope its sunny and there is a good turn out! Should be a brilliant day with lots to do and see:)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Out of Time: Other signings

Out of Time: Other signings: "After 2 successful signings at Waterstones at Barrow and Carlisle -now progressing to Country Fairs and other venues. Come and see me at Cro..."

Other signings

After 2 successful signings at Waterstones at Barrow and Carlisle -now progressing to Country Fairs and other venues. Come and see me at Crooklands Garden Centre and Cafe, Dalton-in-Furness on Thursday 11th August at 11am! What could be better-have a chat, get a signed copy of Out of Time and then browse through it while having coffee and cake in the splendid cafe?