The launch of Richard Jopling’s book at Newport Grammar School last Tuesday went off without a hitch, about forty people attending. Bob Fowke and then Richard spoke briefly before Richard donated copies to people who had helped with this ambitious project – which started life almost ten years ago – after which wine and canopés were tucked into with gusto.
We now changed our market stall to Wednesdays and have just completed the first Wednesday of the new arrangement. Mondays were interesting but Wednesday proved to be even more so. An astonishing range of writers visit Ludlow Market which has acquired some of the characteristics of a literary festival secreted among the fruit and veg, a tribute to the eccentric and varied interests of people from round about. We held conversations with, among others, a writer who has completed the translation of a religious work into French, a writer who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of M.E., a poet, a writer who has completed a parodical children’s book and a writer with an interest in things sportive. Not all the projects discussed will come to fruition, but it’s a great privilege to experience the democratisation of publishing at first hand in this way, and in beautiful Ludlow of all places.
Richard Jopling’s book, HAD WE LIVED, after Captain Scott, a novel based on the life of the explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard, is having its launch party on Tuesday 19th June in the Library of Adams’ Grammar School, Newport, Shropshire. Richard will be present from 7.30 and Bob Fowke will be giving a brief introduction about the book and about the process of its publication.
We have taken a stall at Ludlow Market for the summer months – Mondays only. It’s a delight to spend time in one of the most beautiful towns in England in the company of our wonderfully various fellow stall-holders. Writers of all sorts have called by for a chat, do come and join us if you’re in the area.
The second of our series of interviews with writers is now available on our blog. Nicholas Murray is an author and journalist based in Wales and London. He will be leading the morning session of our Creative Non-Fiction Workshop on 28 April. Nick is the author of several literary biographies including lives of Franz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Bruce Chatwin, Andrew Marvell and Matthew Arnold, two collections of poems, and two novels. His biography of Matthew Arnold was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997 and his biography of Aldous Huxley was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Prize in 2003. His comments addressed to aspiring writers may be of particular inerest.
The first of our interviews withwriters known to YouCaxton is now on our blog. It has been a great pleasure to be able to start the series with Paul Binding (the link is to Debrett’s People of Today). His advice for those who have a passion for writing will be of particular interest to visitors to YouCaxton, including those who are considering self-publication or who may have written a memoir, autobiography or local or family history.
We’re starting a series of interviews with writers over the coming weeks. Paul Binding, author of a number of critically aclaimed books and a frequent contributor to the Independent, will be first. He will be talking about his life and about writing and literature. Further writers and editors will follow, including some whom we have helped to self-publish. The idea comes from Liz Broomfield of LibroEditing who was kind enough to include an interview with Bob on her website the other day.