Really enjoyed my Kick launch here at Worcester. My ‘in conversation’ with the wonderful Steve Isenberg was a lot of fun, and it was great to have the American perspective on their ‘Royal Family’. Thanks to the women for wearing Kick red lipstick, and thanks for kissing my white puppy so much that her fur was stained pink. A busy time promoting Kick, but it’s always great fun.
Just back from a wonderful break in Paris. We stayed at a divine place on the left bank, L’Hotel, just near the Jardin de Luxembourg (my favourite gardens in the world). The hotel was once home to Oscar Wilde. It was his last home, as he died there, telling his doctor ‘I’m dying beyond my means’. Champagne and flowers in the room were a lovely touch…
My Kick, who exudes sexual charisma…
Many of you know that my shepherd’s hut caught fire, due to a faulty woodburning stove. I’ve decided to take this little set-back as a warning sign, and I’m having a much-needed break from writing work. I’m a workaholic, so this is going to be an interesting challenge. In the meantime, I’m continuing to work on my Charity, ReLit, and to review books for the Times. The Good news is that Bathsheda can be restored to her former glory–with a safer woodburner. Virginia Woolf wrote of the importance for women of a ‘room of her own’. I think it’s especially true for those of us who are writers. I know that I need a room of my own so that I can think and write and read. That’s why I’m taking time out. Next stop, Paris.
This is my Hello Magazine photo (Joke!)
Loved being a guest presenter with Will Gompertz for his new arts show on Radio5live. Met some lovely people, including the fab Camilla Long, the comedian James Acaster, and the Director of Digital Music Universal Music UK, the gorgeous Paul Smernicki, who is sending me some vinyl of my fave recording artists.
It’s been a busy year for me. I’ve launched a new charity, ReLit: the Bibliotherapy Foundation. I’ve co-edited a poetry anthology called Stressed Unstressed, and my new biography of Kick Kennedy comes out in May. I’ve also updated my website, and am determined to put more effort into blogging. I’m doing lots of literary festivals this year, so do please come along and say hi. It’s always lovely for authors to meet their readers.