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Author: Peter Kay

AVAC2C to be published in the Autumn

I heard today that my submission of the final draft of my Book A Very Alternative Coast to Coast has been accepted by my publisher, Curious Cat Books. We will work on finalising the book later in the year, with a publication date probably being between September and December.

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GUIDE TO THE VIA AUGUSTA

This 20 page Guide covers the route taken by John and I in 2017, along the Via Augusta from Cadiz on the south western Atlantic coast of Spain to Seville. It took us six days and was a follow on from walking the Via de La Plata, a year earlier. The guide has both a written explanation of the route and a diagram of each day’s walk.
Guide to the Via Augusta

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Enchufe

A poem after Denise Levertov. Her classic question and answer poem about Vietnam was a start point. My subject however, was a reflection on my walking from Seville to Santiago and my writing of that experience, in Show Me The Way To Santiago. In particular, the conundrum as to why there seemed to be an absence of dialogue about, or recognition of the impact the Spanish Civil war had on Spain and its people.
Enchufe

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Good December for SMTWTS

26 copies of Show Me The Way To Santiago were sold during December, making it the most successful month of sales since publication. The figure includes an impressive 10 paperbacks bought in the USA. 119 copies have now been sold across all formats and the total raised for MNDA, once all payments have been received will be £577. add to this £125 from Calendar sales and the total raised for MNDA has broken £700.

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Book and Calendar sales latest

98 books and 30 calendars now sold and the total raised for MNDA, once all monies have been collected from book sales will be £552. £77 has been raised from calendar sales. A grand total so far of £629.

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Night Vision

My copies of Adverbially Challenged Volume 5 arrived yesterday, containing my flash horror fiction piece – ‘Night Vision’

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AGAR

This poem takes me back to Winter Sunday evenings in my mid-teens. My mother seemed to have a love affair with health food and natural ingredients and used seaweed based agar agar as a setting agent. I was the eldest of three, my brother 7 years my junior and our sister 7 years his junior.

Your infused chocolate
mousse was a Sunday staple,
I can taste it still.
A slightly grainy texture,
chocolatey, not in a traditional way,
slightly soapy,
matt with no
sheen at all.
You could hold it on the tongue
and it would slowly dissolve,
little bubbles of nothingness.
You paired it with apple crumble,
pineapple rings or tinned peaches.
Carnation if we were lucky,
a perfect end to a Sunday tea.

In the half-light of Winter,
within the cramped kitchen,
where burning anthracite and
steeping nappies fill my nostrils
and the Maiden hangs
overhead, draping
mothers’ pinnies,
fathers’ string vests
and Beethoven
soothes my baby
sisters’ cries

This was one of the poems I read tonight at a celebration open mic evening for the publication of SHE, a collection of poems by the very talented Sharena Lee Satti

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Sharena Lee Satti Book launch event

Pleased to be able to join Sharena to celebrate the publication of her poetry collection SHE tonight and to be able to ‘zoom meet’ many other local poets to hear Sharena read and to also share each other’s poetry

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Adverbially Challenged 5

Adverbially Challenged Volume 5 is scheduled to be released on Saturday 21st November and will contain my flash fiction piece ‘Night Vision’ Kindle versions are available for pre-order now on Amazon and paperback copies will be on sale from the 20th November, again on Amazon. For every copy sold £1 will be donated to the Charity ‘First Story’ which supports and encourages the development of creative writing by young people in schools.

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AVAC2C Update

I have just finished writing the first draft of A Very Alternative Coast to Coast. I am going to have a break from it for a few weeks and pick up the task of self-editing and rewriting in January. I would hope to be working with my publisher on it by April next year.

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MNDA Fundraising update

I have now sold 87 books and 15 Calendars and the combined amount raised for MNDA from these sales has now topped £500. Thank you to everyone who has bought books and/or calendars

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Show Me The Way To Santiago Calendars

I have just heard that my 2021 Show Me the Way to Santiago Calendars will be arriving today. Priced at £5.90 each (£10 for 2) each one sold will provide a minimum £2.50p donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. They will make ideal Christmas presents. If you would like one you can leave a comment on this page, email me at peterkay255@yahoo.co.uk or contact me via Facebook. Payments can be made by BACS transfer to P&SM KAY Sort Code 77-71-62 Account Number 17860860

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Wild Blue Angel

50 years ago on the 31st August, I was one of around 600,000 people who spent a glorious weekend on the Isle of Wight in the company of such legends as; Free, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, Moody Blues, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Chicago, Joan Baez, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After, Ritchie Havens, Procul Harem, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull, Kris Kristofferson, Family, Taste and of course one of my all time Rock heroes – JIMI HENDRIX. This Friday (18th) will also mark the 50th anniversary of Jimi’s death. In the early hours of the final day of that unique event I had witnessed Jimi’s last ever live performance in the UK.
My poem Blue Wild Angel is my tribute to Jimi

You were purple haze
with glorious hair
a gripping tooth
in velvet corduroy
parachuting plucked
from Seattle roots
to Ronnie Scott’s

Right -handed fender
played upside down
fuzz pedals
Carnaby Street medals
A Voodoo child
God, you were wild

A spangled banner
using smoking keys
as passion ignites
you on your knees
with bandana tied
before orange flames
your red rooster calling
in a smoking daze
leaving needle stick
for opiated words
handfuls of barbituates
pressed self-destruct
after Isle of Wight
in the middle of the night
I was there…

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Open Mic events

Last night I had the privilege of being able to share some of my poems at the indomitable Runcible Spoon Zoom night hosted by Kathleen Stafford. 15 or 16 brilliant open micers interspersed with four headline poets. The sensual words of Sue Hubbard, star quality from Oz Hardwick, the amazingly funny Matt Panesh and the Otley folklore king Matthew Hedley Stoppard.
Tonight is another Gingerlicious night with David Driver. Looking forward to it.

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