Breathe again. The Arundel Festival is over for another year. We made £286 for Cancer Research – down on last year but people are unwilling to spend money with so much uncertainty. The final weekend was particularly difficult with blistering heat and crowds only interested in trying to stay cool while having fun.
I have been juggling so much over the last few months and am now looking forward to a quieter time. In a few days I am going to Tuscany for a writer’s week and staying in this beautiful water mill. It’s up in the mountains, surrounded by greenery, peace and quiet. There will be time to write, time to learn, time to engage with other writers. Angela Petch, who owns and runs the mill, along with husband Maurice, is a superb writer. You should check out her books. There are places left and it’s ridiculously good value. More details here.
But before that I need to work on the blurb for my new children’s book. No doubt my granddaughter, Hannah, will be able to reel one off for me. Blurbs are more difficult than writing the whole book. You need to try and sell the book in so few words. I do think Hannah will make a better job of it because it’s aimed at her age group. I’ll let you know. We also need to decide where the illustrations should go in the text. I have another young lady poised to do those but the cover is stumping me at the moment.
The Christmas book, A Feast of Christmas Stories is up for pre-order on all platforms as an e-book. I finished putting the paperback together yesterday and am just waiting for the cover. We are launching at the Swan in Arundel on November 6th at 7.00 p.m. Chindi’s new patron, Beryl Kingston will be welcoming everyone. There will be cake and a chance to buy the book for the special offer price of £6 – a perfect Christmas present.
I should tell you that the wonderful Beryl has a new book out herself this week, her 30th. Citizens Armies combines the qualities of an absorbing family saga with acutely observed and beautifully written social history, and is bound to please lovers of fiction and history alike. It ties in with my children’s book about evacuees.