60s Music at the Fair

Indie Author Fair

At last week’s Indie Author Fair at Foyle’s in London the room rocked with over 50 authors and their books. Readers, agents, organisers, artists and poets cruised around the room, wine glasses in hands, surveying, perusing and purchasing great reading.


In one corner of the room I lured people to my table with the offer of a 60s music quiz. People stood in the middle of the room, humming 60s tunes to each other, remembering the titles, guessing at the artists.  Christine Wilkinson, fabulous photographer and designer of the book cover and I answered questions as best we could, without giving too much away.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s the quiz. Unfortunately no fabulous prizes remain (gorgeous fridge magnets (see below).  I know! you’re sorry you didn’t come now), but you’ll be left with a comforting sense of pride that you know all the answers.  Or not.    If in doubt, ask your mum.  Solutions later.

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1. Who sang …?
 a. Baby Love
i. The Ronettes
ii. The Crystals
iii. The Supremes
iv. The Chiffons

b. Oh Pretty Woman
i. Marvin Gaye
ii. Roy Orbison
iii. Del Shannon
iv. Marty Wilde

c. Shout
i. Brenda Lee
ii. Lulu
iii. Dusty Springfield
iv. Helen Shapiro

2. Van Morrison was a member of which group?
1. Dave Clark 5
2. Them
3. Spencer Davis Band
4. The Searchers

3. How many members were there in
1. The Dave Clark 5?
2. The Big 3?
3. The Beatles?

4. Who was the lead singer of the Animals?

5. Here’s the first line – what’s the song?
1. People try to put us down
2. Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something, I think you’ll understand
3. If you see me walking down the street and I start to cry

6. Which was the first record released by the Beatles
1. Please Please Me
2. Love Me Do
3. Can’t Buy Me Love

7. Charlie Watts was a member of which group?

8. In which city were Tamla Motown records first recorded?

9. On which TV Station did Top of the Pops start?

10. Which night did Ready Steady Go appear on TV?


a sense of occasion

The essential book about the 60s


An Awfully Big Occasion

What a swell party it was.

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Time – 17 April 2015, 4pm-7.30pm

Place – Foyle’s, Charing Cross Road

Meet the author!  Buy books.  Meet other authors.  Buy more books.

Yes – Foyles on London’s Charing Cross Road, is playing host to The Indie Author Fair on Friday 17th April 2015, 4-7.30pm.  The fair is organised by Triskele Books and sponsored by XPO North.  It’s free to the public.  And I shall be there!  With A Sense of Occasion.

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And what an occasion.  There will a drinks reception, there will be goodie bags.  It’s going to be great!  I shall be signing books, selling books and answering questions about the 60s, Chelmsford and Betty Crocker cakes (possibly).  I have a feeling that Motown music blasting through the room may not be welcomed by all authors, so I am trying to devise a situation where I provide the CD player and multi sets of ear phones so browsers can listen to Green Onions,  Hi Heel Sneakers, Little Red Rooster (the list -and the beat – goes on) while deciding how many copies to buy. Of course, in my hands this may not be desirable, even if technologically possible.  It will be a blast.

Just keep the date in your diary.  Friday 17 April 2015.  Be there or be square.

More details and press release here

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