It’s time to reflect on the Bewdley Book Week event that launched No Mean Affair . It was held at the Cock & Magpie pub on October 17 and over 60 people attended. (Pictures here are courtesy of Christopher Vaughan Photography.) It was really gratifying to see so many friends and acquaintances – some of whom had travelled quite a distance to support me. I hope that those who purchased the book get pleasure from it.
I enjoyed describing how No Mean Affair came about. Part of the talk describes my feelings when it seemed reasonable to believe that I was John Wheatley’s grandson – the strange elation bestowed by having the genes of this God-fearing ‘Clydeside Red’ and champion of social housing who but for ill-health could have been Prime Minister. In writing the book according to the findings of my research, I cast a shadow over that same pedigree. This is the irony of my Who do think you are? story.
The feedback since the event has been positive with kind comments about my ‘performance’ and I have been lined up for an appearance with a prestigious local literary organisation – more about this soon.
Many thanks to: the Bewdley Book Week volunteers who made being part of Bewdley Festival such fun; the staff at the Cock & Magpie; my publisher Fiona Joseph; and particularly my wife Valerie for helping so much with publicity beforehand, with organisation on the night, and for hooking me off the stage with the audience ‘still wanting more’.Tweet