Sooooo nearly at the end of my marathon, but what a lovely event I had yesterday…..on stage at Bath Festival with the lovely Nicci Gerrard (John’s Campaign) and Steph Booth (married to actor Tony Booth).
This new audience events are always so gentle, so calming, the main reason I like them.
Anyway, I got up, opened the hotel curtain to the screech of seagulls and bright sunshine. By the by……having been in a different room every night of the week has been a tad challenging, AND working out where I was each morning!! My notes and prompts have been working overtime this week.
Once again, I’d had txts from the organisers checking I was ok and if I needed any help, so felt very relaxed. They’re told at the beginning only to txt so do so. I’ve also done a few things with Nicci and know how kind she will be.
So I arrived safe, sound, without incident 😱 at Bath Spa Station in the early evening sunshine to find the festival adverstied immediately
I ambled to the hotel, closed the curtain and hibernated for the evening, before opening them in the morning to see the sunshine had returned
Someone from the Festival had agreed to meet me in the hotel reception and walk me to the venue and as planned, `Andrea arrived and we ambled through the lovely streets of Bath to the venue, the Assembly Rooms.
I was the first to arrive in the lovely big Green room which was a tent attached to the back. It was so colourful and lovely. Within a few minutes James Long arrived, who would be our chair, along with Nicci and Steph. We immediately got on and chatted happily.
Sound tests were done and before long the audience were in place and it was our turn to take to the stage. James had already said what an easy one this would be for him as we chatted non stop 😂🤣 He was a lovely man.
Our three books all compliment one another beautifully, with 3 very different experiences yest with much in common.
The biggest common denominator was the lack of support we all had and have. People in the audience resonated with all our stories and lots of questions came in the last 15 minutes, so many hands up that James had to bring it all to a halt.
I’m typing this in a café straight after so I’m trying to get as much down as I can but sadly most has gone. I just remember I was on stage with 2 wonderful women, each giving the other time to speak and voice their opinions – wonder if that was because we were 3 women promoting our books on stage or is that the sceptic inside me 🤔
Whatever it was, I had the most lovely time in a beautiful setting. The 3 of us sat together for the book signing and listened to the stories of others as they so generously bought our books.
Finally we all signed the few that were left for the bookshop before signing their ‘authors cushion’………what a lovely idea…..
And a lovely way to end such a gentle, calm event before hugs, goodbyes and dispersing into our own worlds again…….and I trundled in the sunshine through the wonderful streets of Bath, taking in the infamous Circle, where 4 magnificent trees stand proud in the middle
Only one more event left on Friday in London…..but you won’t hear about that until Tuesday………..as I’ll be in a darkened room hibernating……😴😴😴😴