By

Wendy Hughes

With the last of my local book signings taking place at Watertones, in Worthing on 24 February,(2-4pm), I have a little time to rest before beginning to prepare for the next exciting  event, the UK Southern Book Show on Sunday 4 March 2018.  Once I used to enjoy going to the London Bookfair, Olympia, London browsing through the current publishing trends, talking to potential publishers, and picking up the brochures from the publishers who specialised in my genre, but with continual ill-health, the temperamental weather conditions and erratic train services, this event has became a past memory for me.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that author Natasha Murray was organising an event virtually on my own doorstep.  I do hope this will be the first of a regular event, and I am sure there are many Southern authors that will agree with me.  This event will take place at the Pavilion Theatre, on the pier at Worthing on Sunday 4 March. It is a free event and runs from 9am to 6pm and I can guarantee that there will be something there for everyone who enjoys reading, writing or publishing.  The UK Southern Book Show will give you an opportunity to meet 60+authors, listen to their readings, and learn all about the craft of writing. There will be something for everyone to browse though, fiction, non-fiction teen and children’s books, and there will be a few giveaways too!   If you would like to talk about any of my books, the Worthy Words Workshops I run at Worthing library, or how I actually broke into the publishing world, then do come along.

On my stand I will have a selection of my Sussex books, published by the History Press, Haunted Worthing, Shipwrecks of Sussex, of Not a Guide to Worthing and my latest The A-Z if Curious Sussex, which is selling extremely well.  I will also have v various books on Wales, published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, and my children’s Rainbow story/ activity book, proceeds of which goes to UK Stickler Syndrome to raise awareness of this progressive genetic condition.

Some of my readers may know I turned to writing as an outlet for my frustrations when I was medically retired at the age of 38, and if you would like to know how I did it, then I am only too happy to tell you more and offer some advice.

So… if like me, you enjoy discovering a new author to read then this event is a must for you.  Set it firmly in your diary now, and don’t forget to bring a friend or two along