Here’s Irvine Hunt, reading from his latest novel, The Ghost Show. He is now well into his eighties. We talk regularly on the phone and Irvine tells me that he continues to write every day. I am giving a talk to Years 7 and 8 at Settlebeck School in Sedbergh at the end of the month, linking up with Irvine on Skype. The head of English at Settlebeck, Mrs. Ingham, tells me she has a very enthusiastic group of writers in these year groups. I’m looking forward to meeting them and introducing them to Irvine.
This is the amazing cake which Jo Stoney made for the launch of our new book. So clever and absolutely delicious. Thank you Jo!
Lots of Helen Shacklady’s friends and supporters came to join in celebrating the launch of her book ULVERSTON – An English Market Town Through History at the Coronation Hall, last night. In true Ulverston style there was poetry, music, a quiz designed by quizmaster extraordinaire Tim Melville, and a fantastic cake made by Jo Stoney for us all to share.
But centre-stage was Helen. She gave us a wonderful talk about what she had discovered in researching and writing about Ulverston. The main message was that Ulverston has never been the isolated place we tend to think. From way back to Neolithic times the means of communication have existed to allow movement of people and trade in an out of the Furness peninsula. Ulverston has been, and continues to be, a centre of industry, commerce and culture with a lively attitude to the upheavals to which it has been subjected throughout history.