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Blog posts : "festivals"

Summer is Over!

So here we are again, summer been and gone and there is a nip in the air!
The clan has regathered and the conference was bursting with lots of news about
books being ready to bash the public's wallets as the latest epics come rolling
off the production line!

But before we discussed  the biz of the day at this season's opening encounter, 
a warm EAA welcome was extended to Lucy V. Hay making her debut at the Costaloads
in the Bampton quarter of Tivvy Town..Welcome to the mad house Lucy!

So whats been occuring during the summer recess? Well, it appears that many events
have been attended, festivals enjoyed, workshops deployed and book projects completed!l
The Guv is bringing light to the doom and gloom of Witheridge, Maura is editing & getting
ever closer, Susie W. is all over the country, Jenny Kane is having a quiet time working 25 hours a
day, Brian is doing spooky things, Doc Rich is beating his computer up as we 
speak and still producing first class work, Lucy's doing loads, Tracey has a new book, 
Hallee is set to take over Aljezera TV & Jen B. is stashin' the cash for Anthony Nolan.

Even I've managed to get Chunky & Sarita back on the road so all in all, everyone is
busy and there are loads of talks books and festivals to attend, hell's teeth even Christmas
got a mention today! 2019 will be hectic for sure and there will be plenty going on!

HIGHLIGHT of the day....After collecting the members hard earned cash for annual subs,
the promise of a new badge was firmly placed in the shadows...of the local travel agents 
as the Guv (Pam) threatened with the quip " Ok subs are in, I'm off to Spain haha!"

The bad news is the collection from 11 members was around £110 and the local travel folk
are offering 4 nights in beautiful Barcelona for..wait for it...£99!!!!

If you see the Guv hovering on the corner of Market Walk, blow her cover and if disguised
listen out for the tune she is humming....

This year I'm off to sunny Spain  - 'Y Viva Espana!'  by Richard Lappas

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Report from Chilcompton Fringe Festival 2018

It has been a scorching hot summer in Devon – with everything turning hayish shades of yellow. Then two weeks ago the weather changed, and withering plants revitalised into a dark green jungle. While the wet weather was a blessing for plants, animals, and over-heated humans. Outside events did not fair so well in the summer deluge.

Last year Chilcompton Fringe Festival ’17 was so deliciously hot, the authors had to leave their tables and hide inside the marquee for shade. This year it was like being in a different country. Torrential rain and plunging temperatures caused everyone to flock inside the marquees for a very different reason.

Fortunately, the rain did not stop people from having a great time. The festival reverberated with the sounds of guitars, drums, and singing all set against the atmospheric background of the beating raindrops. The fantasy authors were performing in Little Hay and it was a magical interlude in a dark day with audiences being taking on fantastic voyages to new worlds, bubble universes, and times long forgotten. This is the power of fantasy fiction. It can believe in the story, you can journey into fantastical new worlds and meet dragons, fight the Mivrian Outriders or fall in love with sword wielding heroes.

The Fantasy Department of the Exeter Authors Association performed in a dazzling variety of welly boots.  Richard Dee spoke about the mechanics and science which underpins his steam punk world. Mark Norman explored the phenomenon of sightings of the mysterious Black Dog.

Jennifer Ash aka Jenny Kane took her audience back to a crime committed in Medieval times and Tracey Norman spoke of a land of dragons and elves. Susie Williamson took everyone to Africa as she retold her tale of magical people struggling a tyrannical king set on destroying the environment in pursuit of his crystals.

While I decided to take everyone on a traveller’s guide to Torcia, looking at the common phrases, spellcraft you might encounter and need to watch out in case you end up croaking like a frog for the rest of your stay in Torcia. A definite case of traveller beware!

by P.J. Reed author of The Torcian Chronicles

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Fantasy On The Sofa

Yea right! But it's true, honest, it really is happening!

Once again the Exeter Authors Association gathered at the "Costa Loads of"
in the epicentre of the literary world...well no... it wasn't Haymarket or  Piccadilly...it was Gold Street (Or Bampton! I can't tell the difference not bad for 14 years as a resident of this fabulous, flourishing, funtastic town!!! 

FFF for sure, its nice (when it's sunny) it's got stacks of lovely, talented people and it's the home and heart of the EAA and don't forget the district offices in New Zealand, West Hill, Ottery St Mary, Brixham, North Tawton and many more...Internationally renowned for sure!

Sofa so good then ..so what happened at the meeting?

Well...Everybody seems to be working hard.  Rich "The Baking Doc" was  about
to launch his latest tome at the Liznojan bookshop, there's another launch later this month by Susie which is just before The Exmouth Festival, which is happening on the 24th of May at the City Gate in Exeter and summer is looking very busy with lots of poetry gigs and numerous festivals including Exmouth, Crediton, Sidmouth, and Chilcompton,  so it's an action-packed programme and if im not mistaken both Brian 
and Tracey Ann aka Maura are well on the way to making their debuts in the world of literary...And Sofas!!!!

So what of the Sofas then?

Everyone is thinking about a Fantasy on the Sofa ever since it got a mention halfway through the gathering. Well before anyone gets too excited, yes there is fantasy and yes there is a sofa BUT It's not somebody having fantasies ON the sofa.....its an author called *********** (you have to guess who!?) who is talking about "their" fantasy book....sitting on the sofa!

Sorry to disappoint you all. Anyway, before  I head off to play walking footy against the Exe Valley Ladies (who are seriously quick, so quick I'd never foul them because I can't catch'em haha!) I must mention the emergence of Tracy and Mark's latest edition to the family ...Yes! folks congratulations are due (Baby Gap/Mothercare vouchers accepted).

It's the return  of BLACK DOG (Ruff Ruff) soon to be seen on the streets of the west country and if anyone can remember where it's going to appear first, whoever gets it right wins a Costa Even More flapjack courtesy of EdBlog (Dass Me!)

So to  footy (Naa iss pourin and there is a message from the Manager MMmm looks like tele and a bowl of Shredded Wheat and Blueberries)

Hey ho, keep on writing you lot!

Luvsya Ed Blog Ugs an kisses 

Richard Lappas xxx

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Festivals Are Us... Drama Queen

Just a taste of what's on the blog today.....well folks we have recovered from the snow, milk and bread supplies are getting back to normal so we won't be seeing those groaning trollies anymore... I 've often wondered how people can consume 28 pints of semi-skimmed when there's only one day of snow!

So we gathered for the monthly meeting... The EAA is gonna be uber busy with Festivals at Exmouth, Crediton, Sidmouth, Chilcompton, and maybe Budleigh too (PS Forgot to mention I'm doing Chudleigh LF too) and there's already a host of author talks at libraries including Exmouth, Ottery, Crediton not forgetting the biggy at Exeter!!!
And if  I've forgotten any apologies just ask The Guv (Pam) ... Meantime, Johnny Hall is back from a quick scurry around Oman (No it's not Oman Salterton its the one in the Middle East innit!) so hopefully we will as part of our business development series of talks, learn how to become terrorists!!!!

Anyway speaking of talks, we had a very lively presentation from the Guv which included  Chameleons, Pandas and Possums giving an interesting view of how to and not to sell our books... The illustrations were good but overshadowed by a brilliant series of short sharp sketches from our very own drama queen (literally!) Tracey
though  I didn't see any sign of her edginess ie no sign of the sword ..understandable I guess as stabbing customers wouldn't go down that well!!!!

So in summary, a decent turn out and hope springs (yea das a play on words as its March - now I have to explain the jokes already!) eternal that those that arent 100% right now see some sunshine and warmer weather to mend them quickly and it becomes a case of, saying tarra to the Beast from the East, no more of Emma's winds biting... instead much fun reading & writing so when we reflect and rest, we realise we are the best in the west!

Losaluv,
 
Richard Lappas #manwithacamera!

 

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