It was a real treat to hear something totally out of the ordinary at Calne Music and Arts Festival when Yatesbury Taiko Drummers performed at Marden House on 13 September, as a coda to the main evening concert. Taiko drumming is an ancient Japanese form of percussion, using large drums. It is loud, hard and… Read More The sound of drums
Bringing Home the Bacon is currently available at Calne Heritage Centre, Calne Town Council, Bank House, Quemerford PO, Devizes Museum, Devizes Books and Chippenham Museum. You can also order signed copies through my contact page.
Calne Heritage Centre was pleased to welcome BBC Antiques Roadshow miscellaneous specialist, Marc Allum, on Friday 14 September, to talk abut ‘The Anatomy of Antiques’ and the stories of some famous collectors and the myths behind some everyday objects. Marc describes himself as a self-confessed ‘collectaholic.’ While I’m sure he doesn’t he put himself in… Read More Antiques Roadshow specialist in Calne
I have just collected the copies of Bringing Home the Bacon from Devizes printers Springfords and Rose. They used a digital printer for my book but they still use an Original Heidelberg Press (aka The Prince of Presses) for other work. The video clip shows raffle tickets being numbered, printed and perforated. What a great… Read More Original Heidelberg Press in action
What I’ve learned about self-publishing this week: It’s hard work. Not hard physical labour like harvesting the wheat in this heatwave, more like soft brain work – exercising the little grey cells. You are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process unless you have loads of relatives or friends with skills you can call upon… Read More Cover story
Hope springs eternal in this writer’s breast, as another raft of literary festivals advertise their competitions for this autumn: Yeovil, Stroud, Wells and PENfro Book Festival. There are also plenty more opportunities for annual awards – some big names and big prizes, both monetary and with offers of mentoring or critiques from agents. Have a… Read More Waste not, want not