Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Quick Reads in Wales - the launch

Last week, I hopped on the train at Norwich and five hours later, I hopped off again in Cardiff - my lovely old stomping ground - in order to attend the launch of the four new titles in the Quick Reads series in Wales.

They are:-

Reset Your Goals - inspiring stories from Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, Leicester City footballer Matthew Jones and footballer Laura McAllister among others.

Music to Make Friends By - that's the one I wrote and it's all about pop music AND HOW MUCH I LOVE IT

... and in Welsh / Cymraeg

Y Goliau a'r Dagrau - by Tash Harding


Wil ac Aeron by Heulwyn Ann Davies



That is loose change for 100 or so pages!

If you haven't read my book yet, I want to know why!

Anyway, it was well worth the long train journey to Cardiff. Apart from beautiful weather, beautiful views across Cardiff Bay and a beautiful venue (the Norwegian Church), we also ate cupcakes with our books on!  And I got to have my photo taken with a load of super fit Welsh sporting stars and I think some of their athleticism must have rubbed off on me because I've been feeling really chipper and athletic ever since 🌝

But best of all, I got to sit in the sunshine with my old DJ partner Kirsty. Back in the noughties, we were the girl DJs of Cardiff's bar and club scene. We even got to play in the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach!  That's us below - then and now.

Friday, 19 October 2018

A Little Drive to Wales

This lot are from Rhyl.  Sweethearts 💓

Anyone who knows me will know that I love Wales.  North, south, mid, west - I don't care so long as I'm in Wales.

Which is sort of a shame because I live in Norwich which is quite a drive away.

So I was delighted to do a mini tour of Wales for the Welsh Books Council and Hot Key Books to celebrate 'The Nearest Faraway Place' winning a 2018 Tir na n-Og award.

I packed a lot into a few days.  Here's a quick summary:

I drove across Britain, 
said hi to Newtown Library at the start of Libraries Week,
met the smashing kids of Llanidloes, 
marveled at the boys who plotted an entire thriller 
literally looked at 'witch things' with Helen from 
the Welsh Books Council,
went in the oldest WH Smith's IN THE WORLD,  
had a quick trip to Llangollen,
drank a pint of beer that was too strong for me in Wrexham,
met Boo the Staffie,
met loads of very cool kids from Rhosnesni High,
ate a scone the size of my head,
visited Wrexham Football Club and talked about 1970s football with Shoned,
played 'Hunt the Radio Station' in Glyndwr University,
found it, 
recorded a radio interview,
danced on the beach all by myself in Rhyl,
had a very big chat with the bright young people of Rhyl,
drank a pumpkin spice latte with Kat Ellis - writer and Rhyl girl,
   walked almost to Prestatyn,
watched 'The Apprentice',
drove back to Norwich.

It was good!  And I met so many great people and I feel like a have a whole load of new friends.

It was also a bit knackering.  Next week I'm going to Aberystwyth...

Newtown WH Smiths.  Proper old skool.

Shoned from the Welsh Books' Council.  lyfli 💓 (I don't know if that's how you say lovely in Welsh but it looks right.)
Rhyl girl and horror writer Kat Ellis.  Not actually horrific at all.