It continues to be busy in the freelance and part-time editing world, which is a very exciting time. This is possibly going to be a long post, so sit down with a cuppa and start reading.
First, I’m very excited for the official book launch of The Original Suffrage Cook Book published by Aurora Metro Books. This will take place at The Exchange in Twickenham on Wednesday 26th September from 7pm. The How the Vote Was Won exhibition will also be there making a pitstop on its current tour. The food historian Louise Quick (@Larquick on Twitter) will be talking about ‘Vegetarianism and the Sufragettes’, which should prove to be a wonderful talk. Cheryl Robson, from Aurora Metro, will also be talking about the new edition of the book, which includes short biographies of some of the notable contributors of recipes. Tickets are available from The Exchange website.
The book has been inspiring people to use the recipes from 1915 to create stunning food, and one of particular note is Emma Muscat (@20thCentCrush on Twitter), and she has kindly given me permission to use the photos in marketing for the book.
She made the apple sauce cake from p.102 of the book, and I have to say that it looks absolutely delicious, and I’ve been assured that it indeed was lovely. To be honest, I’m going to have to start getting into baking because this cake needs to be made in my kitchen. Many thanks to Emma for this fantastic photo which really deserves to have a book all of its own.
Moving on from the cook book, which I was very happy to be involved in, a new release from Aurora which I had more input was The Naturalists by Jaki McCarrick (@jakimccarrick on Twitter). This is a fantastic play set in Ireland and has been having its World Premiere in New York at Walkerspace, directed and produced by The Pond Theatre Company. I was extremely proud to have worked on this script in the production stage, and it is the first publication that has my name as book producer. I know Jaki is extremely happy with the rave reviews the play has been getting, and here’s hoping that it comes to London at some point so I can go and see it.
I won’t spoil the story, so if you want to see it, be quick and get to New York. Or, failing that, buy it from Aurora Metro.
My book Virginia Woolf in Richmond is nearing completion after more than a year in the making. We have now got images to use in the book and very soon I will start typesetting it. I am also very excited, but also a little scared, that I will be talking about the book and Virginia’s life in Richmond at two London library events in November. First, on Wednesday 7th November at 6pm at Victoria Library and the second will be at Marylebone Library on Monday 12th November at 6.30pm.
In addition to all of this, the book will have its official launch at the Richmond Literary Festival on 13th November. This is hugely exciting for me and there will be a special guest speaker as well as Cheryl from Aurora talking about the Virginia Woolf Statue campaign.
I was honoured to go to Anna Vaught’s (@BookwormVaught on Twitter) book launch of The Life of Almost in Bath at Mr B’s Emporium earlier this month. It was wonderful to finally meet her and also to see how many people were there to support her and her new book. The book is published by Patrician Press and should be read by everyone. People should also check out Killing Hapless Ally by the same author, and I am looking forward to her forthcoming books as well. I was privileged to proofread and edit Saving Lucia which will be published by BlueMoose in 2020.
In other news, I am very excited to have been chosen to be in a short story anthology which is due to come out in 2019. I have to be tight-lipped about it at the moment, but the story is called The Walking Stick and is my first attempt at a short story. I have others in the pipeline and I am working on one at the moment with a working title of Taxi to Hamburg.
The freelancing for ELT publishers is still going strong, and I have just finished my second set of ELT tests for one publisher. I think each set is going to form a separate book that they will sell, and this is yet more publications to add to my growing portfolio of work. They have asked me to do another set of five tests which I will start working on in the near future.