My week of libraries, and the humble butter pie

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(L-R) Cheshirati authors Zara Stoneley, (me), Nikki Ashton, Victoria Johns, Caroline James.

I chaired an author panel at Knutsford Library last week, with members of the fabulous Cheshirati.

We talked about sex (on the printed page, of course), self v traditional publishing, plotting (novels!), the value of writing groups, and why book bloggers are so flipping wonderful. We had a very lovely evening indeed, insightful questions from the audience keeping the talk lively and bopping along nicely. And there was wine, always a plus.

A third of the way through, though, a tangle of what looked like Donald Trump’s hair tumbled across the library’s carpeted floor…further inspection revealed it to be an orange-brown spider with the longest and thinnest legs in the history of the world ever. It was duly rescued and removed by a member of the audience. We wonder where that spider is now…

Afterwards, someone in Knutsford library tried to sell me a coat. In Liverpool pubs I’ve been offered ciggies, vodka, batteries, bacon etc etc – but it has never happened in a library before. I’m still musing over that.

Then at the weekend I was in Kendal Library, for a Get It Loud In Libraries show. As the name suggests, they put gigs on in libraries.

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Meilyr Jones at Kendal Library, part of the Get It Loud In Libraries initiative

I loved that Kendal Library was on a road called…

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Kendal!

On the way home the next day we stopped off at Wigan to buy butter pies, the good honest Lancashire comfort food of my youth.

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Butter pie!

The pie shop was on the corner of…

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Wigan!

I kid you not.

November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. Read best selling crime author Elizabeth Haynes’ shares her top NaNoWriMo tips with me here.

@cathbore

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