We’re more than half way through January in this new year and I’ve been slow to get into gear. I’ve had one of those horrible colds that seem to be afflicting so many at the moment and the motivation to do much more than feel sorry for myself has been woeful. However, our local pharmacist has recommended a wonder tonic and whether or not it’s all psychological I’m feeling the energy and enthusiasm returning and it’s time to think about the year ahead.
For the moment I am not taking on any new publications in order to devote some time to promoting our title back-list. We have 9 publications currently in print and I am proud of them all. They represent the talent of their individual authors and the result of a working collaboration with Handstand Press demanding time, effort and patience. All of them are a tangible contribution to the history and culture of Cumbria, telling stories of people, places and industry that have defined our northern county. I had a lovely meeting in December with Helen Towers, the Reader Development Manager for Cumbria and we are talking about arranging events in libraries and linking up with schools in the county. There is also news of a new literature festival coming to South Cumbria and we hope to be a part of that. I am planning a series of ‘Meet the Author’ videos for our website and Youtube – starting with Irvine Hunt who I filmed in interview last autumn. There’s lot to do! I must try not to be distracted by the view from my office window.