It’s been a memorable few days to say the least and yellow has been the joyful colour woven throughout.
Then on Thursday I went to London with my family to attend my book launch. On the way there, struggling in a very tight yellow dress to match the bright yellow of my new book cover, we were caught up with the Olympic flame at Hyde Park and came within feet of it. We took cabs, walked, and got propelled along by the crowds and eventually made it to Great Windmill Street to the launch venue, kindly hosted by Red (yes, I know) Consultancy.
I was worried no one would turn up as they would be put off by the Olympic crush but gradually the room filled and I was so grateful to everyone who made the epic journey to come out, including one lovely friend who I hadn’t seen in over twenty years since our PGCE.
Red are based right opposite the Windmill Theatre which was the place where Sir Bruce Forsyth started his long career as a teenager. He was the inspiration for my first novel ‘The Generation Game’ which was launched from the same place almost exactly a year ago. And on the day of the launch of ‘This Holey Life’, Brucie carried the Olympic torch, representing the BBC.
Back in Devon yesterday, we watched the amazing opening ceremony, kicked off by Bradley Wiggins in his yellow jersey and watched on by Michelle Obama in a yellow dress. All these splashes of colour will stay with me for a very long time.
And finally: if you have an unpublished novel lurking about, do think about entering it for this year’s Luke Bitmead Bursary award. But don’t think about it for too long as the closing date is August 3rd. I wouldn’t have got to wear that yellow dress had I not entered two years ago.
I love Michelle Obama. She is strong and tough and yet so warm and caring, a mother and wife, a hot-shot lawyer, a first lady in so many ways. Watching her on the news last night was inspirational, her belief in a group of North London school girls who she has kept in touch with over the last two years, bringing them to Oxford to show them that the glittering spires are within their reach if they believe in themsleves, each other, and work hard. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/05/25/2011-05-25_first_lady_michelle_obama_meets_hardscrabble_north_london_schoolgirls_at_famous_.html
Meanwhile back in the USA, Oprah had her farewell show after 25 years of being on air. Watch this space.