Readers of my blog and Facebook Page cannot failed to have noticed that I'm out and about on book tour at the moment. Actually I have quite a few talks lined up all the way to November dotted here and there, but at the moment I've got several lined up close together. Last week was an event in Derby called Eat Your Words, where I gave readings in return for my supper at a restaurant The Wonky Table in the city centre. (I forgot my camera).
Monday I gave a talk at Bookmark in Spalding as part of Indie Bound - a week focusing on independant booksellers. http://independentbooksellersweek.org.uk/ It's a lovely bookshop with a great coffee shop attached and also sells gifts and cards. This time I remembered my camera but forgot to take photos - sigh.
Yesterday, also for the Indie Bound celebration, I was at the the Castle Bookshop in the beautiful Shropshire market town of Ludlow. I love this part of the country and if I didn't have roots and family commitments where I am now, I'd seriously consider moving to Shropshire. Shadows and Strongholds is partly set there and is about some of the medieval lords who once held it.
My talk was held not in the bookshop, but in the owner's fabulous Georgian and late Medieval house just round the corner and opposite the castle wall. The talk had been planned for the garden, but because of earlier unsettled weather, we held it in the sitting room instead, with me talking by the French doors into the garden. Delicious sandwiches, tea, biscuits and cakes were provided and we all had a wonderful late afternoon. The owner's black cat wandered in at one stage to twine around the audience and me, before going into the garden, much to the noisy alarm of a mother blackbird. Kitty had to be removed elsewhere!
This time - I remembered my camera, and took a few photos - see below. Click to enlarge.
Details of further dates on my tour are on the right hand sidebar.
To Ludlow and back
|Heading down the motorway|
|Jack and Pip en route in the footwell|
|Black and white timbered houses|
|Stopping at traffic lights|
|Watching the world go by|
|More country roads|
|Are we nearly there yet?|
|Entering Ludlow under a medieval archway|
|The Castle Bookshop|
|It's all going on behind the red door!|
|Chairs for the audience!|
|Talking to readers|
|Another view of the readers.|
|The house where I gave the talk|
|The House next door to the talk house|
|Tall house on the way to the car park|
|View of the museum. They used some of the upper rooms to film Moll Flanders|
|Ludlow Castle doorway|
|Exterior wall of Ludlow Castle|
|Cannon outside the castle|
|Going for a walk before setting off home|
|Ludlow walls again|
|More timbered houses|
|Going round the castle walls|
|Our old dog Taz still loves climbing on castle walls|
|Looking down a street off the square|
|half timbred buildings|
|Farewell to Ludlow, heading down to the Medieval arch again|