March proved to be an interesting month for me mainly due to my visit to Eccleston Library. People were invited to hear me speak whilst enjoying ‘strong Tea & biscuits’. As this is the title of one of my books it was very apt made possible by Julie, her staff and volunteers. There were as is usual familiar faces in the audience together with people I had not met before afterwards I signed copies of my books.
April was equally as interesting when having been invited to speak at Euxton library by Kath I found myself again facing a mixed audience of people some of whom come to hear me speak wherever I might be and have done so for years. They laughingly call themselves my ‘groupies’ and then there were the people I had not met before always a pleasure to meet new people. The session ended with my being invited to return again in September to share my experiences whilst presenting in the States and….. That work really came about because I met a lady on a train…………. But of course that’s another story in itself!
Although I have spoken to very large audiences especially during the decades when I was a ‘key-note’ conference speaker there is nothing quite as enjoyable as speaking in one of our libraries. The intimacy of being with a small group of people gives the speaker the chance to interact more easily with everyone. This is not possible during the ‘break’ at a conference attended by hundreds of people.
For me as a writer to be surrounded by books and other sources of information within a library gives me a feeling of ‘coming home’ possibly related to the fact that me and my dog share a house with 3000 books!
Our libraries are such amazing places with so much to offer in the community. The old fashioned silent image has long since been erased because libraries provide a life-line for many people. The staff put in a great deal of effort and let’s not forget the volunteers always on hand to help.
My new book will be published later this year available through this web-site, discerning book shops and Amazon.
It will also be possible to buy signed copies after my talks and presentations. Or you can simply call 0845 838 7403 direct and order a copy…
19th May 2017….A good to be alive day!