THREE LAUNCH EVENTS FOR OWAIN GLYNDWR!
My publishers and I are planning three events in September to launch the new novel in the Ben Schroeder series, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr. I hope as many of my readers as possible will be able to come to one of them. They all promise to be great fun. The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr is now available in paperback from Amazon or No Exit Press, and will be available on Kindle from 25 August.
WELSH LAUNCH IN CAERNARFON
The Welsh Launch takes place on Saturday 10 September at the iconic Palas Print Bookshop, 10 Palace Street (Stryd y Plas) in Caernarfon at 3 p.m. I very much wanted to launch this book in Wales, and as Caernarfon plays such an important part in Owain Glyndwr, I was keen to hold the launch there. It is a particular joy to have it in Palas Print, as the shop was my model for the Prince Bookshop (Siop Llaufrau’r Tywysog) which features so much in the book. There will be drinks and light refreshments, a reading, an interview, and of course a signing for everyone who buys the book. Many thanks to Eirian James of Palas Print and to Town Guide Emrys Llewelyn for helping to arrange what promises to be a great afternoon. When you read the author’s note, you will see my enormous gratitude to Emrys, who, when I visited Caernarfon for my research, took me under his wing. He not only gave me a remarkable tour of the town, but put his encyclopaedic knowledge of Caernarfon and his personal experiences of being there in 1969 at my disposal. We have kept in touch ever since, and he even checked much of the Welsh in the book!
Please let Eirian know you’re coming. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 01286 674631.
LONDON LAUNCH IN MIDDLE TEMPLE LIBRARY WITH ASSOCIATION OF LONDON WELSH LAWYERS
There will be a special evening on Thursday 22 September in the historic Middle Temple Library in London, from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. The library of the Middle Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, is in the Ashley Building in Middle Temple Lane, about mid-way between the Strand/Fleet Street entrance and the Embankment entrance to Middle Temple Lane, on the right going downhill. This launch evening will be a drinks reception, and will feature wine and canapés. The bargain admission price includes an autographed copy of the book, and is cheaper if you sign up in advance (details below). You pay only £10 as opposed to £15 at the door on the night. Suit or jacket and tie is preferred for this event, but smart casual is fine too. I am very proud to have this event in Middle Temple, as it is my Inn of Court. I joined as a student in 1963, and I am now a Master of the Bench (member of the governing body) of the Inn. This event is co-sponsored by the Association of London Welsh Lawyers, and I am very grateful to the Association’s secretary, Emyr Thomas, for his help in organising the evening, Thanks also to Richard Frost, Bench Events and Membership coordinator at Middle Temple and Lucy Stewart, one of the resident geniuses at No Exit Press, for their sterling efforts in promoting the evening.
The cost is £10 in advance, or £15 at the door, to include wine, canapés, and an autographed copy of the book.
Tickets in advance from: bit.ly/owainglyndwr; or e-mail email@example.com; or phone 01582 766348.
HUNTINGDON LITERARY DINNER: A WELCOME IN THE HILLSIDE
The third annual Huntingdon Literary dinner, entitled A Welcome in the Hillside, will be held at the Old Bridge Hotel on Thursday 29 September at 7 p.m. This event has sold out very quickly over the last two years, so book now (details below)! The Old Bridge is a wonderful hotel, nationally renowned for its food and superb wine cellar. Proprietor John Hoskins, a Master of Wine, personally supervises the menus and choice of wines, and acts as host for the evening. Caernarfon Town Guide Emrys Llewelyn joins me for this unique ‘fact and fiction’ account of the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in Caernarfon Castle on 1 July 1969. Emrys, a life long resident of the town, was there, and will speak about the atmosphere and about Welsh resistance to the ceremony, the extent of which was under-reported in the press at the time. I will talk about my fictitious approach to this event in The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr, and we hope for some lively questions. Incidentally, Emrys will be bringing with him copies of his book Stagio Dre. It is currently available only in Welsh, though a translation is pending, and Emrys has kindly promised to speak in English for this one evening!
The cost is £45 per person to include aperitif, dinner and wine, the talks and the book signing. The Old Bridge offers a £40 discount on double bedroom rates if booked with the event: see www.huntsbridge.com.
To book, call the wine shop: 01480 458410 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.