August 19, 2014
Peatmore Press has just released a second ebook short story collection as a follow up to Crime and Passion. C&P brought together two writing styles, one dark and one light that also manifested itself in the first two Peatmore novels, Cogrill’s Mill and Victim of Compromise, and because of this two different pen names were used. This was always going to be difficult to sustain with the second short story collection particularly as it encompassed just one central theme, namely that of starting over. Thus it was decided that the new book would be put out under my real name and the title New Beginnings.
This does not mean that the names Jack Lindsey and Luke Johnson will no longer be used. There is a third Jack Lindsey novel, written in the same light vein as the previous two, currently in the planning stage.
New Beginnings by Keith Jahans is available on the Amazon Kindle Store and as an Apple ibook on the iTunes Store via the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com
August 14, 2014
14 August 2014
Yesterday I took the 1 minute tent to Dorset and camped at a small, very basic site at Owermoigne. In the morning I visited Weymouth once more as I had fond memories of the town when I visited it in June. It has one of the best public libraries I have encountered. Because of the free wifi access I was able to work unhindered for most of the morning and I donated a copy of the Peatmore Press novel, Victim of Compromise, to show my appreciation.
In the afternoon I visited the Cider Museum, which is a short distance from the campsite. There I gave the friendly owners three copies of Cogrill’s Mill to sell as the novel’s central character makes his own widely praised cider and it would be interesting to see how the books would sell in their farm shop. I also bought a litre of their dry cider. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect to the Internet at the campsite so I was not able to post my blog.
Inside Mill House Cider Museum
This morning I heard the sound of Thunder and the weather forecast was for heavy rain so I broke camp (I’m sure it would just have taken the required minute to take down the tent if I did not have to wipe away the moisture from the overnight rain and due) and packed the car.
Minute Tent in Owermoigne (just before it was taken down)
Before I set off I returned to the Cider Museum and bought another litre of their tasty dry cider and some home made marmalade (I’m very partial to the stuff). I was pleasantly proud to find that Cogrill’s Mill was on display in their book section. They hold open days in the autumn so it will be good to visit there again when one is in progress. Information about the Cider Museum can be obtained from their website at www.millhousecider.com.
On the way back to Surrey I stopped off at Bournemouth Public Library and donated a copy of Victim of Compromise. It seemed only right that they should have one seeing that a small part of the action takes place in the town. I was also pleased to find it yet another excellent library with very helpful staff, great internet access and an excellent place to study. Please support our British Public Libraries their contribution to our culture cannot be measured. It will be a tragedy if many are lost during the current round of Government austerity measures.
August 6, 2014
Audio Books have become popular recently. This may becaucse the increases in digital mobile platforms available make it easy for busy people to asimilate their books while on the go. Peatmore Press has managed to sell a few copies of its audio books without even actively promoting them. Now, all three of its audio books, Returning Love, The Queen’s Screech and The Christmas Turkey, are available at audible.co.uk, amazon.co.uk and Apple’s iTune Store. It will be interesting to see how well they sell.
To find the links to the audible, amazon and itunes websites go to http://peatmore.com and click on the links to the audio books mentioned above.
July 21, 2014
20 July 2014
This was the last day of the Festival. At 11 am I took part in a travel writing workshop led by award-winning Cornish travel writer, Tim Hannigan. It was expertly run and I received some excellent tips on how to sell articles to travel magazines.
The workshop was held in a rather grand room in the Union Hotel. It was from the balcony in this room that Nelson’s victory and death at the battle of Trafalgar was first announced. A rather ghoulish face which we were told was Nelson’s death mask is suspended below the balcony. Thus we discussed our views on how to make the best use of our travel adventures as an exceedingly unhappy Nelson looked down on us from above.
The balcony in Union Hotel from where Nelson’s victory and death was first announced
A closer view of Nelson’s death mask suspended below the balcony
I returned to the Acorn Theatre that evening to witness a script in hand reading by ‘The Wireless Ensemble’ of Penzance writer Stephen Saunter’s comedy radio play, “It’s What he would have wanted,” about along overdue burial. Given that I have recently witnessed two very sad funerals I should not have found it funny. But I did.
After the performance finished I was honoured to be allowed to take part in Shout Kernow: the tradition of Cornish pub singing in the theatre bar. It was hosted by two ladies, Hilary Coleman and Sally Burley, who had succeeded in obtaining funding to travel to all the pubs in Cornwall to write down traditional songs they might hear there on condition that they would write a book of there experiences (some in the audience thought it an enterprising way of financing a pub crawl). The book has yet to appear but I added my email address to the long list of people who wished to be notified when it finally materialized. However, they did produce some song sheets and we set about them with great gusto with the aid of the Red River Singers. It was a perfect end to a great festival. Long may it continue.
July 20, 2014
19 July 2014
Although I had been in Penzance for three days I had not ventured far from the literary venues except to visit the odd pub for lunch so I decided that I must see more of the town. I wended my way down to the sea front and strolled along the promenade. I saw the Jubilee Pool and St Michael’s Mount. The Jubilee Pool (or Lido) had been damaged by the winter storms and closed for repair. If the required money is not forth coming then it is in danger of closing. I stopped to buy lunch at the Pirates Fish and Chip Shop and ate it while sat on a bench on the promenade overlooking the sea. Then I strolled round the harbour before returning to the town centre where the festival venues are held. Penzance is not among the most picturesque of Cornish towns but I enjoyed what I saw. There are many intriguing shops and pubs to explore. One shop was inhabited by a Darlek. I knew it must live there as a sign said that it was not for sale.
Jubilee Pool with St Michael’s Mount in the distance
Pirates Fish and Chip Shop
Penzance Harbour and Swing Bridge
That afternoon I took part in an “open mic” poetry session at the Penlee Coach House run by the delightful Dina Dixon. A wide range of poems were read by both young and old. Adrian Rodda gave a rendition of a Cornish folk tale, ‘The Changeling of Chapel Carn Brea’. There were some excellent recitals from the works of Dylan Thomas. Two of the younger participants, Roxy from New York and Sebastian who was local, performed some thought provoking social commentary renditions. I read my Dulux colour poem and the Joe Thropp eulogy from “Cogrill’s Mill”. Both seemed to go down well but one lady in the audience thought that the Thropp poem might be directed at one of her forbears as Throp was her family name. I assured her that it was not as my Thropp was a totally fictitious character and his name had a different spelling anyway. But it was a close shave.
Penlee Coach House
July 19, 2014
18 July 2014
I visited The Morrab Library once more for a talk on Cornish Naval History given by J D Davies whose book I won the night before. Cornish seamen have been stereotyped as pirates and wreckers but there have been many courageous naval commanders (eg Richard Grenville and Admiral Hawke) serving the UK throughout history. Most sailors in the eighteenth and nineteenth century Royal Navy were volunteers. Less than 16% were press ganged.
That evening I returned to The Acorn to witness a brilliant performance by the Bookshop Band. They were formed in Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath to set stories and plays to songs and music. They are well worth a listen.
The Bookshop Band
July 19, 2014
17 July 2014 (evening)
I went back into Penzance in the evening to take part in a literary quiz at The Acorn. I joined a team of four called “The Last Train” as they had to catch the 9.45 to Birmingham that evening. At half time we tied in equal first first place and won a signed book, “Gentleman Captain”, by J D Davies. But by then my four companions had to leave for the train. I then joined another team of four who were coming last as they had only got six correct questions. They were amazing people. One of the two couples (Chris and Melinda James) were originally from Texas but had been living in Penzance for five years. They claimed to be truly Cornish and had persuaded a professional artist, Jason Walker, to paint their portraits as “The Old Cornish Couple”, complete with Cornwall’s flag in the background. They claimed that the picture was hung in the Portrait Gallery in The Mall, London. That night there was a violent thunderstorm but the 1 Minute Tent survived.