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21st July 2013

A quick nod to some scouser called Lennon and his Japanese girlfriend for providing inspiration for this times blog name (though I think that they may have been singing about a different time of year).

It has once again been a busy time in the world of books.

I have been fortunate enough to be asked to appear at this year’s Off The Shelf Festival in Sheffield in October.   Off the Shelf is one of the UK’s most prestigious, innovative, exciting and popular literary festivals (their words, not mine, but who am I to disagree?).   I’ll be posting event news and the date nearer the time, but I can tell you that (a) it’s free (b) anyone can come (c) I’m on for an hour and perhaps most importantly (d) the venue is licensed.

Also, I have been asked to appear at a double-header at Barnsley library with crime novelist, Michael Fowler on the 18th September 2013. Michael is a seasoned veteran and is now onto his third DS Kerr novel.  You can check him out at his website – I am really pleased to be have this opportunity. Pop down – should be good.

I would also like to say thanks for input and assistance from Milly Johnson who is giving me a real helping hand in trying to move things along and progress. Thanks so much Milly, hope the latest release, It’s Raining Men goes down as well as the rest. For everyone who lives locally, watch out for Milly’s parade of semi-naked muscle men with Umbrellas. I’m the third on the left.

As an aside, I have to say the funniest misheard lyric I saw reported last week had to be Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams, where some genius had come up with “Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to dis a brie?” Awesome.

Finally, if anyone still cares, I am on to seven weeks of no smoking. Must say I’m remaining fairly smug on this.