With the aid of my friend Miranda, who is far more computer literate than I am, we have created a second, prettier, edition of Bee People (which is still obtainable as ‘print on demand’ from Amazon) and re-titled it Bees vs People, which is the title of the poem which now is in first place.
We got a lot printed which makes them much cheaper per copy. The trouble is that I now have a box full in my living room. I expect that a proportion of them will end up in charity shops in a few years but I’d like to sell enough to cover my costs.
This evening I took a couple along to a folk session at the Convivial Rabbit micro-pub in Dorchester and, when it was my turn to perform, read one of my sonnets about the queen bee. It went down well! I gave a copy of the book to our leader, Jerry, a journalist, for review and somebody instantly paid me a fiver for the other copy.
When my turn came round again I was asked to read another poem (perhaps my out-of -tune singing may have been an influence) so I had to borrow Jerry’s copy to do so. Again it was well applauded.
If YOU’d like a copy let me know and we can arrange it. It’ll cost you £5 in the UK and that will include the postage. If you’re abroad you’d probably do better to get a first edition from Amazon, or possibly a downloadable copy.
If I have enough space/weight in my luggage I could take some across to Gormanston in August. Many of the poems and anecdotes are about Gormanton and the people I have got to know there over the years.
It would be helpful to have an inkling as to the best number to take so I don’t have to carry too many back home again so if you’re interested and I’ll see you there, please let me know. I’ll charge 5 euros rather than pounds to keep things simple.