Do you see where this is going?
Flying down to the Hub in Chelmsford at 6.30 on Saturday night…
Mark Shelley and the Deans …
and …. the banner. See you there!
This is almost unbelievable! Beyond the Beehive is on sale now. You can buy the paperback here and the Kindle version here. Thank you for the support of the readers and followers of this blog, and to Christine Wilkinson who designed the wonderful cover – back and front!
And also thanks to my oldest best friend Chris Wallace – without whom none of these stories would have been possible. As I keep telling her, they are just stories, but if she and I hadn’t met in Chelmsford on the Woodhall Estate, all those years ago, we’d never have gone to the Orpheus together, we’d never have gone dancing at the Corn Exchange, or to Dace’s to buy records or Clarke’s to buy Valentine cards, and the book would never have been written.
Lots of things are happening over the next few weeks. The first thing is the Chelmsford Launch. It’s next Saturday, 1 October, 6.30 pm and Mark Shelley and the Deans will be playing!
I first saw Mark Shelley and the Deans in about 1963 playing at the YMCA. I remember listening to the rhythm of the guitars and the crash of the drums, as they played all the rock classics – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen and Nadine, the Isley Brothers’ Twist and Shout, and the Buddy Holly hits – That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, and True Love Ways. I know the group have been brushing up on all the old favourites for next Saturday (I’ve even written to Brian Matthew on Sounds of the Sixties, Saturday mornings on Radio 2, asking for a request to be played next Saturday for my sister – who gave me the idea for one of the characters in the book – and all the old Chelmsford mods – but I’m not holding my breath!) and it will be like stepping back in time! You will think you really are back in the Corn Exchange.
If you would like to come to the launch it would be great to see you. Contact me here.
1 October – Chelmsford launch party
Mark Shelley and the Deans – Chelmsford’s greatest product (after Marconi’s radio) – will be playing at the Chelmsford launch of Beyond the Beehive.
Saturday 1 October 6.30 – 9pm The Ideas Hub
It’s going to be a great night! Numbers will be limited so please contact me here if you would like to attend.
25 October – What it was like being a teenager in the Sixties
If you can’t attend on 1 October, or if you just can’t get enough of the Sixties, I shall be speaking at the Ideas Hub in the afternoon of 25 October as part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival – What it was like being a teenager in the Sixties.
25 October 2016 2.30 – 4.30 Ideas Hub For more information check here
It could get wild!
Look forward to seeing you there!
The proof copies of the book have arrived. There is something very wonderful about seeing all those words and pages and chapters that have been in your head and on your computer for years all at once appear in a brown cardboard box as real, tangible books. You open one of the books and see your characters smile up at you as they dance and move to the tune of your stories.
The book is out on 26 September.
Video of a great night on 2 September out soon.