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Book of the week on Google Play – Veronica Henry

Veronica Henry’s latest best selling novel ‘A Night on the Orient Express’ is the book of the week on Google Play

The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance.

For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime.

A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a lifetime…As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.


New releases by top authors for only £1.00 #books

If you can read this you are lucky

The Internet is driven by words, keywords and phrases, images and various types of embedded media or apps, to be part of this information and entertainment stream you have to be able to read. If you can’t read then you have a limited experience.

Here is a great initiative – try to support and help with this mission: Quick Reads, which has a huge impact on helping thousands of adults improve their literacy, will be encouraging adults to ‘start a new chapter’ in 2013.

These books are bite-sized novels which are clearly printed and presented.

Since its launch in 2006, Quick Reads has sold and distributed over 4 million books through supermarkets, bookshops, workplaces and prisons. NIACE has led the outreach work since the start of the initiative and continues to work with employers and workplaces to encourage adults to read more and improve their skills.

Jenna is known as The Ice Cream Girl. She doesn’t mind the name one bit. After all, it’s a happy name, and there are far worse jobs than selling ice creams on Everdene beach.

Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a restful change from his daily life, and he’s surfing mad. One weekend he’s down there on his own when he notices a girl on the beach. He’s young, free and single and she catches his eye. But on this particular summer weekend, both Jenna and Craig’s lives are about to change . . .

This year World Book Day falls on Thursday 7 March, plans for UK events have now been revealed… Read more

In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March, to avoid the established international 23 April date due to clashes with Easter school holidays, and the fact that it is also the National Saint’s Day of England, St George’s Day.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, and the birth of Maurice Druon, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

World Book Day (United Kingdom). (2012, September 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:28, February 7, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_Book_Day_(United_Kingdom)&oldid=513833166

This Window – Printmaking Exhibition – Bristol


This is the first time my work has been exhibited in Bristol – A place where I studied, rehearsed with ‘Finish The Story‘ and met Veronica Henry.


“Take up a radical position with Peter Bright, who is borderline anarchic in his thinking and equally bold in his art.” Andrea Charters

“I keep thinking about George Braque who learnt artificial wood graining from his time as a decorator; the story goes that he taught Picasso and these painted renderings of wood surface became a staple of cubism” John Myers

I have got several of my latest prints on show at Bar Chocolat, a cafe in Bristol.

Why not meet up with friends and relax for a while with something from their classic café menu if you are in the area.

Soak up the cosy atmosphere and maybe buy a print?

19 The Mall
Clifton Village

Telephone: 0117 974 7000

Map to Bar Chocolat Cafe?

Print on paperGeorge Braque was born on 13 May 1882, in Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise. He grew up in Le Havre and trained to be a house painter and decorator like his father and grandfather. He also studied (real) painting during evenings at the École des Beaux-Arts, in Le Havre, from about 1897 to 1899. In Paris, he was an apprentice to a decorator and was awarded his certificate in 1902.

Early works were impressionistic, but after seeing the work of the “Fauves” (Beasts) in 1905, Braque adopted a their Fauvist style. This  group  included Henri Matisse and André Derain  etc. Their use of bright, vivid and brilliant colors was their  response to the emotional side of artistic representation.

Braque’s paintings of 1908–1913 reflected a new interest in geometry and simultaneous (multi) perspective. He conducted an intense study of the effects of light,  perspective and the technical means that painters use to represent these effects, seeming to question the most standard of artistic conventions.  This was the beginning of Cubism… (?)

Gerhard Richter – Top 10

They say that wine matures with age and without doubt the later paintings of Gerhard Richter are his finest. His ability to travel through art history and create and respond to his own history is remarkable. To learn skills and then have the confidence to morph them into another methodology is a difficult thing to do. The paintings Cage (1) – (6) 2006 are without doubt in my top 10 list.

  • Confidence trick from the blog of Veronica Henry
    At the weekend, I went to the Gerhard Richter exhibition at Tate Modern. I was blown away, not only by the richness and variation of his work, but also his methodology: sometimes planned and ordered, sometimes random – sometimes both. It made me think long and hard about the way I write, and it occurred to me that the one quality all his work had, however it was generated, was confidence. Here is a man who knows what he is capable of and who is not afraid to experiment and take risks, but at the same time is very definite about what he has to say. Whatever image he ends up with, his voice is always loud and clear. It made me realise that confidence is the most important item in the writer’s toolbox. With confidence, you can write what you like and how you like, instead of slavishly following a formula. Confidence, of course, comes with experience, but the danger there is that one becomes complacent instead of pushing the boundaries. Something that Richter was clearly never afraid to do. And that is when genius emerges: when talent and confidence and craft combine with risk.

No time for Art, I’m chasing rabbits

I spent the majority of the day yesterday chasing rabbits. The inevitable thing happened – somebody left the cage door open. They had tremendous fun – I swear they were laughing at me.I was at the end of my tether and was getting ready to shoot the critters and put them in the pot – thankfully for all concerned, I managed to out fox the crafty creatures and they are now back in captivity.

I want some boots….maybe rabbit skin boots

Sometimes a little bit of nostalgia does nobody any harm – sadly I remember this when it was released in 1966. I have even got the 45rpm single of it and if my memory is correct the ‘B’ side is ‘The City Never Sleeps At Night’.

Nancy Sinatra was encouraged by Lee Hazlewood to sing the song as if she were a sixteen-year-old girl giving the brush-off to a forty-year-old man. Sinatra’s recording of the song was made with the help of notable Los Angeles session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. This session included Hal Blaine on drums, Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange and Mike Deasy on guitars, Ollie Mitchell, Roy Caton and Lew McCreary on horns, Carol Kaye on electric bass, and Chuck Berghofer on double bass.

The text below is lifted from Veronica Henry

I’ve spent about a million pounds in Clarks on children’s shoes in the past, but never actually bought a pair for myself. But as I rushed in the other day for a tube of trainer whitener, I spotted these. As a committed boot girl the moment autumn arrives I am clomping around, and these will go with absolutely everything. And the best thing of all? *whispers* – they are incredibly comfortable.

The domestic rabbit, is any of the several varieties of European rabbit that have been domesticated. Male rabbits are called bucks; females are called does. An older term for an adult rabbit is coney.

Veronica Henry, Judi Spiers, Delilah

Go” is the debut single recorded by British Singer Delilah.

Today I’m off to Exeter to talk to the lovely Judi Spiers at Radio Devon about my new book, Marriage and Other Games, which comes out on 21 October.  I bumped into her at Appledore Festival on Saturday, where we were both appering.  No doubt we will touch on the subject of chick lit while we are there, and whether it is dead.  Absolutely not!  There are still legions of people out there buying uplifting, heartwarming, life-affirming fiction, which provides a much deserved escape during these tough times.  And books still provide remarkably good value for money.  So go on – stick one in your trolley!

While I’m there I get to choose a piece of music.  I’m totally in love with this song at the moment, Go by Delilah.  It is inspired by one of my old favourites, Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan, which takes me right back to the eighties.  But the spare way it’s produced, and her stunning voice, send shivers down my spine.  Gorgeous.

The song was released as a single on 6 September 2011 as a digital download in the United Kingdom from her upcoming debut album. Delilah featured on Chase & Status‘s hit “Time” earlier this year, which reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Like ‘Time’, ‘Go’ utilizes some light drum and bass, though only towards the end of the track.

The song features lyrics and melodies from the 1983 Chaka Khan hit, “Ain’t Nobody“(“The next thing I felt was you / Holding me close / What am I gonna do? / I let myself go”). In an interview with Pyromag in September 2011, Delilah mentioned that Chaka Khan has heard the track and thought it was “genius”

I apologies for being British


Interesting reading in the UK press about the demise of ‘Women’s Commercial Fiction’ – why does the UK (press) always criticize successful industries and people? The publishing industry still generates massive tax revenues for the government (either directly or indirectly). Is this a smart move in times of crippling recession?

The beauty of the Internet, art (including the book industry) is that we can all lose ourselves in fantasy and dream worlds – surely this is a tonic not a crime?

Leave the arts alone! – after all we have little funding!

Get real! We are all taking a hit on sales, houses, pay packets etc. and any profit is a bonus for the National Debt.

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As the figures prove. Women’s commercial fiction still huge despite downturn.

Gallery West Buckland Festival 2011

Today is the delivery day for the works of art to be delivered to the West Buckland Festival and then the work begins, hanging and displaying the exhibits ready for the preview on Thursday night. The Festival is upon us and the ticket sales have been rather good! There are a few left for the Friday night event and a few for the Saturday night. Read more…

Friday 9th September 2011, 7:30 – 10:00pm in St Peter’s Church, West Buckland

Friday Night is Music Night with international and local musicians and singers.

Enjoy the music of Paganini, Ravel, Grieg, Elgar and many more.

Lot 1 . The choice of one of three paintings or drawings by Gerald Moore.

Lot 2 . A week, for two, of rock climbing and walking in the mountains of North Wales with an experienced instructor.

Lot 3 . A Week for FOUR in a Cottage in Laugharne in South Wales – the village of Dylan Thomas.

Lot 4 . A picnic on Exmoor for three or four with travel in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Lot 5 . A black bag…

Lot 6 . Have you ever wanted to write a novel? A day with best selling novelist Veronica Henry, to learn a few tricks of the trade.

Extract from Veronica Henry’s blog:

We drove to Park Farm (the River Cottage HQ outside Axminster) on Sunday morning, the sunshine watery, the Dorset countryside still lush (that would be all the rain we had this summer). On the top drive, a row of twenty MX5s was lined up, gleaming with shimmery sparkly paintwork. I could drive whichever one I liked, apparently, so I picked a hard-top six-speed coupe in metallic red. But there was a price to pay – I had to have lunch first. Read more…

Who buys Art online?

Do people make impulse ART purchases on the Internet? If you have your paintings hanging in a gallery, shop etc then you can encourage people to look, touch even smell your works of art. High Street shopping and gallery purchases … Continue reading →

Original Framed Painting £40.36

Due to a ‘time waster’ this painting has now become available again. Original painting by Peter Bright. Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2003 – 2011 Size: 303 mm x 403mmIncludes original studio frame. Buy here… … Continue reading →

Art Auction

Portrait of a Girl by Gerald Moore Should you wish to make a bid on one or more of the Silent Auction Lots, there are three ways in which you can achieve this:- a) You can email your bid to … Continue reading →