Spring has Sprung

Catching up with my blog. Busy, busy as always, which is good during these pandemic times. Started the month with meetings on some of the committees I serve on. Tuesday 2nd March, I attended a Creative Writing class with Open Book. It was excellent and I have just heard from a publisher in Florida that she’ll be publishing one of the poems I wrote in that class in their May Issue. On 3rd March, it was Blooming Ringwood, the first of the events by my publishers Ringwood. Anne Pettigrew, Rob McInRoy and I had a good discussion on ‘The Art of Writing during the Lockdown.’ Bearsden Writers had a superb meeting on ‘Self- Publication’. It was very informative and interesting. The next day 5th March I was in Paris Lit up reading my poems on the pandemic for ‘Together Behind Four Walls’ raising money for Marie Curie Nurses.

The week didn’t end well, I fell ill and had to seek help from the doctor. Monday though was IWD and Indian women on Facebook had a good event with music, dance and I read from my book ‘Murder at the Mela’. The week was busy again. I had an author’s visit to a book club ‘the BBC book club,’ as they named themselves a group of very articulate and interested readers who asked me some incisive questions on my book. They also decided that they would like to buy my second novel ‘Bombay Baby’ and the new pamphlet ‘Chintz,’ thus donating a huge amount to Barnardo’s Scotland. I have raised £140 so far. Please buy a copy of ‘Chintz’. It’s only £5 and would help Barnardos Scotland to look after vulnerable children. Thanks.

A ten day blog tour of my book with Emma Welton of Damppebbles started on the 11th of March which was wonderful. Getting the views and feedback of readers is an important part of a writer’s life. I had some great feedback. A few examples :

” Find out more about DI Patel’s crime solving approach in this strikingly original and enjoyable read.” @OnTheShelfBooks

“Murder at the Mela takes its place in the Scottish Noir movement with fine writing, vivid characters, and a terrific plot.” says @Scintilla_Info

‘An interesting fact, agents & publishers in Scotland do note. I was told in book groups that Asian readers are looking for books by Asian authors, set in Scotland. Some had picked up reading fiction for the first time with my book. ‘

Friday of the week was an Open Mic with Stanza and I read my poem along with other great poets of St. Mungo’s Mirrorball.

https://stanzapoetry.org/festival/events/risk-verse-5

Saturday 20th March was my first event as Scriever for the Federation of Writers Scotland, a conversation with author Cauvery Madhavan. ‘India and Ireland in the 1920’s, an intriguing novel ‘The Tainted’ from a fabulous writer Madhavan, commended by Sebastian Barry!’ You can watch the video here.

https://federationofwritersscotland.com/fws-videos/

Indo- Irish Author Cauvery Madhavan

The month ended with me watching some of Bearsden Writers members online at the ‘Reading Between the Lines Crime Festival.’

Wish the recovery from the illness is quick. Still not feeling as fit as I was. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping April and the summer will see me back to healthy old me.

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