What Inspired Me to Create the Greatest Book Show in the South
By nmurray, Jan 12 2018 10:49AM
During the cold winter months, I just love to find a quiet corner, curl up with a fantastic book and have a hot coffee on the side. I am not alone and believe that millions of the reading public do this too. By reading, we are opening up our minds, visiting imaginary worlds, juggling characters in our heads and remembering detailed plots. Without knowing it, when we read, our memories will improve and we can stave off the winter blues. Yes, it is a proven fact that our minds are developed after reading and we are less likely to feel depressed.
I am a West Sussex author and like to think that I am an architect of the imagination. Writers, craft and create a tale to, we hope, intrigue and entertain those that love books. Tears and coffee are spilt as we endeavour to produce a book with a shiny cover and crisp pages that smells like heaven. The hairs stand up on the back of our necks, when we think of you turning to page one. Writing is a compulsion and a passion and we are delighted to share our work with you and take you on an extraordinary journey.
Sometimes bookshops are good places to find a book but did you know that only around 1% of books published each year, are actually on the shelves. There are some amazing books to be found online and my novels are there floating by in the sea of books along with millions of others from across the world. I have attended fairs and markets but the public always seem surprised to see me there.
It came to me one day on my way to Ikea, that it would be great if UK authors came together on a regular basis and showcased their books so that everyone had the chance to see their creations and buy some amazing books to read. I decided then and there, that I would create such an event. This is how the UK Southern Book Show came to be.
I hunted high and low for UK authors and asked them if they would like to come down to Worthing on 4th March 2018 and bring with them their books to sign and sell. The response from authors has been phenomenal and they are all looking forward to meeting readers and aspiring authors. Much to my surprise, being quite a shy author, nearly everyone wanted to get up on stage and do readings, talk about the craft of writing or speak about publishing. The speaking programme is wide-ranging and entertaining both for young and old and is printed at the bottom of this article. They say there is a book in everyone just waiting to be heard.
The UK Southern Book Show is a FREE event, giving an opportunity to those that love books to meet 60+ authors from the UK, listen to readings and learn about writing and publishing. This is a chance for everyone to discover and buy some great books - fiction, non-fiction, teen and children’s books. Free giveaways too!”
Event Date: Sunday 4th March 2018 9:00am-6:00pm Pavilion Theatre (the pier), Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 1PX
Admission Cost: FREE
I have to say that I am looking forward to this event and the organising of it has been intensive and interesting. I really need to put this much advertising efforts into promoting my own books.
Hope to see you all at the show :)