Posted: October 31, 2018 Filed under: Uncategorized
via St Helena and other news
Just to make clear, this is a re-posting from Helen’s blog : so the I is, in fact, Helen (not me!)
Greetings from sunny Pembrokeshire! I just wanted to thank you all again for your interest in my books. Over the last few months I have received an overwhelming number of kind messages and comments. It really is wonderful to know that my Lavender Road characters have brought so much pleasure to so many people! Thank you also for the wonderful reviews. If there are any of the books which you haven’t yet reviewed, and if you have the time or inclination, then it would be great if you could pop a few words and star ratings onto my books on Amazon or Goodreads sites, or indeed any other book sites you might use. It all helps enormously. And if you fancy a writing holiday on the remote island of St Helena, then it would be lovely to see you there – see below!
And now, here is the latest news from HELEN CAREY BOOKS:
- All the Lavender Road books are now out in paperback in the UK.
- THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET and the four preceding novels in the Lavender Road series are now available in paperback in the USA. The sixth and final book, VICTORY GIRLS, will follow in December this year.
- All the audio versions are available from AUDIBLE in the USA, and as CDs from Ulverscroft / ISIS Soundings publishing, and libraries in the UK.
- I am delighted to have been invited to be one of the inaugural tutors for a creative writing week on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic next May. The course will be a week long and will be suitable both for new and more experienced writers alike. The other tutor will be Louis de Bernières, of Captain Corelli fame. This is an amazing opportunity for participants to focus on creative writing with two very different authors in a remote, idyllic setting. For further details see the flyer below.
All best wishes,
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Posted: October 6, 2018 Filed under: Uncategorized
There’s a small, family gathered stone cairn on the mountain side of Carningli, in West Wales, where we often go to commune with the elders.
Whilst in Crete, we created an echo. We have been staying in a small, serene and very beautiful landscape in a place called Stavros, where the famous scene from Zorba the Greek, when Anthony Quin and Alan Bates dance on the beach, was filmed. We’ve walked along the hillside most days. This poem comes from that place.
Also on this holiday, I read the beautifully crafted, elegiac memoir, ‘Radio Dreams’ , which I recommend to all who have ‘ loved and lost’ (which is, I suppose, pretty much everyone who ever lived !)
And so, with respect, this poem is dedicated to Kimmie Rhodes and to Joe Gracey.
We made a cairn
Of Cretan rocks.
Small pebbles placed
In memoriam for those
Loved and lost.
In the place we made it,
Reached by a red earthed, goat dusted track
Ghosted by myrtle green shadows
Greeted by the tiniest yellow wilded flower
Whilst sea and sky unfolded
Bolts of celestial blue
Cloud cleared and cotton wool true,
The stony beaches rolled by
Restless waves, seaweeded black.
We stop and stare.
Keys chiming in my pocket
Goat bells ringing.
Echoes from Carningli
Globetrotted in the autumn air.
In the cave dwelling distance
High above ‘Zorba’s’ beach
Last night, and all others beside
A devotional light gleamed
Framed below a gap toothed moon
It’s silver glistened face
Like those of the ones we loved
But, not just yet,
Not just now.
It lingered, slightly beyond our reach