Sunday, 30 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
It would be nice to think that, 2 years and 4 months on, my task has been accomplished. Indeed, you might very well think that my work is now done. There is at last a first book available on Ian and my goal to do something tangible to honour his memory and give people a sense of how highly he was regarded both as an actor and as a person and what he meant to so many, has been achieved.
However, there is still a lot to be done to promote the book and make people aware that it is out there. I'll certainly try my best to succeed.
As Ian said to me in our first exchange of letters in January 1994, 'Onwards and Upwards!'
Sunday, 16 August 2009
As I mentioned in my last Blog, an inaugural Teddy Bears' Picnic was organised and on Wednesday, Cuddles joined 11 other bears for a party. Indeed, he and Buttons were chosen as team captains whilst bear owners took part in a relay race.
Before our picnic, the Bears lined up for a photoshootAnd then let their owners join them.
After a lovely picnic of ginger beer, little jam sandwiches, baby biscuits and (naturally) honey, all the owners had a lucky dip and each received a parcel containing a brand new bear.
I got a lovely yellow teddy, I've called Mellow and she and Cuddles instantly hit it off. In fact, they hit it off so well, that by the next day, I got a third teddy bear - a lovely little fellow I've named Nick Swan. And I thought that rabbits were quick breeders!
True, some of my friends presented Nick to me on Thursday evening as a 'thank you' for the course I'd run. But in truth, I think that was a cover-up to try and save Mellow's reputation. And it appears that Nick is a very special bear, because within a couple of hours of entering my life, I won the raffle for a free place at next year's summer school (the second time I've had lucky tickets in 4 years). I reckon Nick must have brought me the good luck.
So, having set off with Cuddles, just under a week later, I returned home with a readymade teddy bear family.
And they're all looking forward to next year's Writers' Summer School Teddy Bears' Picnic.
You don't have to be on the 'mad' side to be a writer - but it helps.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Well, I had a little gathering of friends in my huge three-bedded room before dinner yesterday to herald the arrival of We Could Possibly Comment - Ian Richardson Remembered
and as well as having the pleasure of signing a copy for friend and author of 41 books, Margaret Thomson Davis,
Cuddles (below, left) made a friend -Buttons the Bear, who had been brought along by his 'Mum', writer and dramatist, Joyce Ward. Whilst the mostly female gathering was knocking back the wine, the two bears were having a great time together and even agreed to have their photo taken with me (anything for a bit of publicity).
Apparently, there are several bears in attendance at Swanwick this year and a Teddy Bear Picnic will hopefully be arranged later in the week.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
We Could Possibly Comment - Ian Richardson Remembered - should be in the shops by the 7th September.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
In the next month and beyond, the next phase will begin - contacting newspapers and revisiting bookshops and there's already a booking with a charity organisation for a coffee morning launch in September.
It's rather fortuitous that the Yesterday Channel have been showing the House of Cards series on Saturdays.
Wouldn't it be nice if some of the other great series Ian was in Ian Richardson - IMDB could be shown again too.