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Andrew Carnegie Would Turn in his Grave but …

Looking backwards …The father of public libraries, Andrew Carnegie, was born in


Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline ~    a theatre

Dunfermline and so it is unfortunate that many libraries in his home county, the Kingdom of Fife, should be closing in 2017. Over 600 libraries opened in the UK in the latter part of the nineteenth century, due to this man’s vision. I believe he will ‘turn in his grave’ at recent events.

After a major campaign, which ceased a year ago, several community groups were determined not to be defeated and took up the mantle to work towards reopening volunteer run facilities when their beloved libraries finally close. One of these groups is in The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, where I now live.

There is a willingness within the residents of Kinghorn to support this vital campaign, although many organisations already stretch our resources and the resourcefulness of such a community, including the church, the RNLI, the Rotary, Kinghorn in Bloom and I’m sure many more.

The support has been tremendous. Kinghorn Library Renewed have met for for past year to work towards a transitional phase. The passing of our current library will be a sad time for the library users here in Kinghorn and we will all miss Tricia, but with energy we can make KLR work for the people of Kinghorn once more.

I hope that, if Andrew Carnegie is looking on, he appreciates the efforts of groups up and down the county and that, after his initial frustration and possibly anger, I hope he will smile down on us!

I’ll keep you posted but meanwhile here is a link of news from The Fife Cultural Trust regarding the progress of all libraries under threat.


KLR’s contribution to KIB’s scarecrow competition turned a few heads!

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The Journey into Publishing Part 2 ~The Mission Statement of Eventispress

Once you have made the decision to set up your own publishing company you need to make some fundamental decisions:

1. The name of the company. I found the name ‘Eventis’ when browsing through an obscure book of Roman and Greek Deity. I cannot find reference to it on the internet but the book just listed it as a Goddess of opportunity and news. It suited my needs, continuing in my Roman theme for titles, which I will write about in another blog. I really wished I had written down the name of the book now but at the time I was waiting to have a meeting with Mike Buchannan, a man who has set up his own company, in a small library north of Bedford and put the book down just as he arrived.

a.  Carry out a search to see if anyone else is using it

b. Register the name as company (through Company house or other if in another country)

c. Claim your websites. I claimed and

2. The Logo. I chose an obscure font for the logo called Marquisette Bin Lined rather than a picture or symbol.

3. Your Vision. For this you need to answer a few questions:

a.What the ethics of your company?

b.What are you striving to achieve and for whom?

c.What is your ultimate motivation? – Seeing your book in print? – Making money? – Finding a readership who appreciates your writing? – Finding like minded writers? – being more in control? – an awareness of environmental issues?……..

d. Are you only going to publish your own books?

e. If the answer to (d) is ‘no’ then who else might you be willing to publish and under what terms.

f. Are you going to publish e books only?

g. If the answer to (f) is ‘no’ then are you going to just go with POD (Print on Demand) or have a print run

h. Are your target audience more likely to buy paperbacks or hardbacks?

i. If you decide on ‘paperbacks’ who is going to sell it? This subject will be a blog in itself but you may decide to keep costs down and have a website in order to send out the books yourself. This has advantages and disadvantages.

j. How do you intend to market the books?

k. Do you hope to get your books into bookshops?

4. Website Have a company website designed. Ours is still in progress although there is a holding page which explains what the company stands for and how to contact.

I am sure I could write one hundred questions and there would still be more. If you find this all a bit daunting then I suggest you look back at Part 1 of this series of blogs and find a company who will do all this for you. Taking this step is not for the feint hearted, I can assure you!

And so what is our vision or the mission statement for ‘Eventispress’?

“Eventispress aims to work with experienced people in order to publish professionally produced quality books in paperback, as e books and in some cases in hardback. Once established, the aim is to publish work of local people initially, working more in the form of a cooperative, where the author takes an active part in the experience. Eventispress sells books both on the internet and through bookshops.”


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Book Launch ~ Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home on 7th July 2012

The second in the Riduna Series will be launched this Saturday 7th July 2012!

It seems fitting that the launch of my second novel should take place in Woolston, Southampton. In fact there will be a morning of events in Woolston and Bitterne, just over the River Itchen from Southampton.

10 am to 10.50 am                Woolston Library

11 am to 11.50 am                  Bitterne Heritage Centre

12 noon to 1pm                        Bitterne Library

At each venue I will give a short talk and opportunities to answer questions and to sign copies of both books in the series.

Why Woolston?

Ancasta ~Guide me Swiftly Home is a historical saga of a family living in Woolston between 1910 and 1920. It was an era of contrasts, with the exciting birth of Supermarine and the development of flying boats and sea planes marred by the suffering each family faced through the Great War.

Why Ancasta?

Ancasta was the Goddess of the River Itchen from which this novel flows, as family members and other key characters in the story journey to the Channel Islands, France, Turkey and even India. The Romans used to pray to Ancasta for the swift and safe return of travellers leaving the port of Southampton, in the same way as Harriet prayed for the swift and safe return of her family and loved ones.

The cover was designed by a local artist and historian, Colin van Geffen, a well known character in the area who gives talks on the Schneider Trophy and who very kindly supported me while checking the facts in my manuscript also writing a forward, a quote from which you can find on my Ancasta page on this blog.

Come and say hello to me in Woolston or Bitterne this Saturday if you are in the area, where I will be signing copies of Ancasta.

If you cannot make it this Saturday, then watch out for news of further opportunities during the summer and autumn or the novel can be pre ordered on Amazon.

Many thanks to Martyn in the Bitterne Heritage Centre for organising this morning of events!

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