FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2016
So today it is the big Christmas Lights Switch on in Folkestone, with many other events happening like meeting santa and fireworks, not sure why the need for fireworks when so many pretty lights will be on to see. It is also the start of The Folkestone Book Festival which I really love as there are so many great events happening with it getting bigger and better every year.
The lovely Carol Creasey will be in attendance at the Congo Coffee house from 4pm for a meet the author and book signing event. We all have that relative that has everything they need so what do you buy them for christmas? How about a signed book from the author dedicated just to them, I know I would love something like that under my tree. I have heard from a reliable source that the homemade cake in Congo will be out of this world! Not to be missed and also my lovely granddaughter Kara will be rushing up from her day job to be your fantastic waitress with Marianne in Congo so please pop in and say hi.
SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2016
I will be at the Quarterhouse in the morning as attending a workshop about How not to write a book, hopefully picking up some tips about how to avoid any pitfalls and to bring out the best in your story. I like these workshops as even if you only pick up one tip you also meet some interesting people who share your hobbies and of course a bit of networking.
There is also a great sounding interview by Sir Martin Rees about HG Wells at 4.30 at the Quarterhouse, gutted to be missing this.
From 4pm I will be at Congo coffee again to welcome the fantastic author Guy Fraser-Sampson. I have read his book Death in Profile and found it extremely good, you cannot beat a good murder and the best bit is that this is the start of a series called The Hampstead Murders. Three days it took me to read this, I also did not guess who committed the murder; I love a book that keeps you guessing. The next book in the series is Miss Christie Regrets which is published in January so if you get book vouchers for christmas make this your first choice; hopefully I will review this for publication day. The cake at Congo is just to ‘die’ for so get there quick and again you will meet the delightful Kara and Marianne your host’s for the afternoon.
SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER 2016
The Book festival is well underway with some great debates, workshops and events happening in Folkestone. I will be attending a workshop in the morning about drawing the best out of the history and environment of Folkestone for inspiration in your writing. I love finding out facts about the area we live in and promoting our town.
National Novel Writing Month has been a bit of a failure this year for me, mainly due to the fact that so many other things are happening. I have written a few chapters but I know this time of year so many other things fill your diary and I am not my healthiest during the winter. I do propose to write for the whole of January as will not be going out in the cold and all the festivities are over then, well that is the plan.
Peaches will be staying in tonight so the fireworks do not scare her away again. Have a great weekend everyone. x