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I realise I haven’t blogged for ages. The truth is that during the Brighton Festival things get a little bit crazy. Not only do Rattle Tales have their regular Fringe Festival show but my husband, Rob, exhibits his fantastic photographs at The Gloobah House on The Dyke Road Arts Trail (part of the AOH), and then I try to see as much as I can at the Festivals. So this month is all parties and art, readings and theatrical events. It’s great fun!photo-31

Tomorrow I’m attending the Book Group in the Pub at The Chimney House in Port Hall, they have been kind enough to read Starlings and tomorrow they have invited me along to discuss it. On Friday I’m going to see Bullet Catch at The Spiegeltent, the festival brochure describes it thus;

The Bullet Catch is the greatest challenge for any illusionist. A stunt so dangerous that even the great Houdini refused to attempt it, it has claimed the lives of numerous illusionists, assistants and spectators since its conception in 1613.

Now, with a little help from his audience, modern-day marvel William Wonder presents a theatrical magic show featuring storytelling, mind-reading, levitation, games of chance and – if you’re brave enough to stay for it – the most notorious finale in showbusiness. Tense and thought-provoking, it balances suspense and humour with a perceptive exploration of despair and of the nature of choice.

Sounds promising. I’ll write a review if Imake it out alive!

On Saturday I’m at The Sunshine Books, Art & Cafe with lots of Beach Hut Writers. We’ll be giving short readings from our books and chatting to customers from 2.30 AND there’s lots of lovely cakes. Come along and meet us.sunny cafe

On Sunday it’s the outdoor extravaganza Faust at BHASVIC, (better make the most of the car park before Michael Gove builds a free school on it!). This looks like it will be amazing, updated Gatsby-like to 1920s prohibition with fire displays and boxing rings. That reminds me, I need to fit Gatsby in somewhere, I can’t wait to see it, the soundtrack hasn’t stopped playing chez Mettler.

Next week is Rattle Tales 2nd Brighton Fringe show. Last year was a sell out success and we’ve just heard from our new venue The Brunswick in Hove, that it looks like this one will be too. There are only 7 tickets left so if you want one you’d better get one now. We’ve teamed up with Brighton & Hove Camera Club who have been given the stories in advance and will be providing projected images to accompany them on the night. I will be reading a new story about a certain deceased Prime Minister and I have to do a Yorkshire accent! It’s not that bad as I lived there for eighteen years but wish me luck anyway. There are fantastic stories from other Rattle Talers and from three guest authors; Paul McVeigh, Cahir McDaid, Craig Melvin and Shirley Golden. There really is something for everyone and we are thrilled to be one of the Independent’s festival picks. We’ll also be launching our anthology which really is something special. It will be available to buy in paperback and kindle soon. SONY DSC

Next weekend I’ve the Musik Kabarett with Nina Hagen and David McAlmont! And I’ve not even been near any Fringe shows yet. So much to see, so little time. I’m also thrilled to be writing again. It’s flowing like water and I’ve nearly completed my famous names collection.