WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
A Book Launch
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SOME OF MY DOINGS:
MARS ON THE RISE BOOK LAUNCH.
Mars on the Rise – The book cover
So the day arrived with trepidation, I had never launched a book before and neither had my two partners in this venture, Rae Gee the author and Dr Goth, a true leader of fashion. At 7:30 pm we went through the final sound checks and at 8:00 pm the lights went down on the crowd that had gathered dressed in a variety of exotic costumes that took us back the darker days of Victorian England.
Fashion Leaders – Dr Goth (right)
So as my opening theme tune blitzed through the Century Theatre I took to the stage for the first time as Sir Nigel Mallard, thinking if only this was taking place in a warehouse in New York.
Sir Nigel Mallard is delighted by the company.
This was an unusual book launch; we had two excellent bands and an excellent comedian to support an Interview with Rae and a short film in from of a costumed audience of family, friends and many of the Mars on the Rise 40 who had paid £20 in advance to sponsor the event. I have been to many book launches and a line up such of this is unusual enough, but to add to this we had a book launch without the book.
We had an image of the cover; there is a kindle version which is selling well in Germany, but no hardcopy of the book to be seen. The books are sitting on the floor of a warehouse in New York, despite the emails and telephone calls from the publisher, the printer failed to get them despatched.
Did this stop us, did it heck, we are Brits and Victorian Brits at that so the show must go on. Apologies made, we went on as if the books were there.
Sir Nigel interviews Rae Gee
The evening started with an interview with our nervous lady author, dressed in beautiful purple gown and a top hat. Rae answered the questions about who she is, why she wrote the book, why Steampunk. We showed the film, an advert for the evil company in the book, Veetu Industries, Purveyors of Sex, Drugs and Steam power. This is a company that trades on its evil and is not afraid to say so. There is a certain honesty about that, yes we are evil but we won’t hide it from you. The 15 minutes flew by and Rae held her own as we honoured her and crowned her wonderful achievement.
Rae left the stage in a flood of Glory, as I continued proceeding with introducing the first act. The Cogkneys. This wonderful duo of Tilly and Arthur, delighted us with their music hall songs, saucy poems in a magical forty minute set. I would truly recommend this act whose performing chemistry matched with their perfect comic timing was a delight to behold, as they engaged the audience in laughter and singing.
There is only so much jollity one can take without a drink so an interval was called and we descended on the bar to mingle among the throng of sexy, suave sophisticates who seduced you with their creative inventiveness of the Victorian age.
Fortified we returned to a figure clad in the great coat that would warm a small family through a Siberian Summer, topped of with a hat made you think BEAR. This character being Count Rostov whose comic view of the world was delivered to us his Chumrades in the deep husky tones of this famous Russian ex-patriot of the Czsarist society.
The evening finished with the absolutely fantastic THE DARK DESIGN, who were performing only their 3rd gig. This collective of multitalented musicians played a variety of instruments from harps, flutes, saxophones, guitars and keyboards along with a mechanical drum kit and guitars that morphed into tubas. This group whose Celtic, folk, Victorian Steampunk sounds conjured up tales of mystic characters and places. This band has a big future, so watch out for them.
THE DARK DESIGN
And so it came to a close, Victorian clad spectators wander off into the 21st Century which existed just beyond the gates of the Snibston Discovery Centre. We cleared away the dregs of the day, unthreading cables, unplugging microphones, removing the trappings of Sir Nigel Mallard, I morphed back into my jeans and tee shirt to become Mal again.
We said our goodbyes and vowed that we would do it all again when book 2 is published.
I arrived home at 1:00am and I opened the first bottle of beer of the night and raised a glass to absent books.
Links to websites
The Cogkneys – http://www.thecogkneys.co.uk/
The Dark Design – http://www.reverbnation.com/thedarkdesign
Count Rostov – http://www.countrostov.co.uk/
RAE’s Book can be found at: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3564
Thank you to Gary Carr and Rach Flowers for the use of the photographs.
My life as Assistant Director of the Wall production in Tamworth cannot be put on hold for book launches. Last week saw an all day rehearsal on Monday and a delightful evening of photographing 22 Mums to be projected on to the screen when Floydian Slip play Mother. This has now been rendered into a film and is ready to go.
My search for footage of political rallies, war, the sexual revolution, guitar smashing and the riots last year saw me trawling the web for films that I can use under a creative commons licence. I found many hours of footage, but none of it is ready to use, I have to edit it into pieces that fit the scenes. It is however proving to be a challenging pleasure.
Yesterday saw another rehearsal and this week includes another trip to Chesterfield to meet with the band, Act two as a personal performance, I am really looking forward to it.
Shows are on the 6th – 7th – 8th June at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth.
Tickets are available from the Box Office.
POETRY THIS WEEK.
POETRY ALIGHT returns to the SPARK CAFÉ in Lichfield tomorrow, more details below. I will be writing a review as an extra blog post later in the week, so do come along and listen.
SPOKEN WORLDS is also this week on Friday in Burton, details are also below. Come and read in one of the famous 3 halves.
NEXT WEEK – THE FIZZ WITH MARGARET TORR.
SOME OTHER EVENTS COMING UP.
Poetry Alight at the Spark Café – The second evening of this excellent event with several guest poets plus pre-booked open mic’ers. Gary Longden will no doubt be providing more details in the coming weeks.
15th May. I expect to see several of the poetry trail poets reading at this event.
Spoken Worlds – Burton’s premier Poetry event – it was excellent last Friday, where I played my sound poems as Poet as DJ – and got many positive comments. The next is on 18th May – 7:30 start Open mic plus real ale pub – The Old Cottage Tavern, Bykerley St, Burton-on-Trent.
THE FIZZ – Bringing all thinks poetic back to Polesworth – Guest poet is Margaret Torr – plus open mic, refreshments available 7:30pm start – Polesworth Abbey Refectory – High St, Polesworth, North Warwickshire.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in May
15th May – Poetry Alight – Spark Café – Lichfield
18th May – Spoken Worlds – Burton on Trent
22nd May – The Fizz – Polesworth – Guest Poet Margaret Torr.
June 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th – THE WALL – Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
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