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2007 News and Events
This lifestyle magazine ran a double page feature about Kit in the Christmas Special edition, telling all about her inspiration for writing the Stonewylde Series. The interview also included details about her earlier life in Weymouth, bringing up her children as a single mum and working as a school teacher. Readers learnt too about Kit's exciting news for the end of December - details of this will be in the Winter Solstice newsletter, so if you haven't already subscribed, do it now! The link is on the front page of the Stonewylde website.
Gothic Image, Glastonbury Kit spent a great afternoon with Kathy and Selina in this wonderful shop in Glastonbury, meeting new readers and chatting with old fans who'd come to pay her a visit. What a lovely place for the last book signing event of 2007. Kit hopes to return here next year when it's warmer, perhaps at the Summer Solstice, as Glastonbury is one of her very favourite places.
Staines Waterstones After a quick bowl of soup, Kit jumped in her car and whizzed over to Staines to be with Natalie and the Staines staff for another visit to this busy branch. Natalie had made a really beautiful display of the books on special sparkly green material - very appropriate for books featuring green magic! Several readers came in to buy the third book, and there were many new readers too. As ever, the Waterstones staff made Kit very welcome and it's always lovely that they buy the Stonewylde books for themselves too.
Kit joined Mark and the team at Bracknell, upstairs near the Fantasy section. Kit met her youngest reader yet. She'd come in specially with her mum to have her well-thumbed copies of all three books signed, and to buy more for Christmas presents. Kit is pictured here with Ben, and of course the crow. Mark has pledged himself to promoting the books in this branch, and is about to start reading Magus himself, appropriately on the night of the full moon.
Kit was thrilled to be invited to a book signing at this massive branch of Waterstones - the biggest one in the country, and billed on their website as the largest bookshop in Europe! Jason the Events Manager made Kit very welcome, although he did sit her under a gigantic Dalek! Kit was delighted that many Stonewylde fans came in specially to see her, and how clever - buying sets of all three Stonewylde books, personally dedicated and signed - all their Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop! This branch has now decided to hold substantial stocks of all three books, so Piccadilly is the place to go if you want more copies of Stonewylde immediately.
Kit spent a lovely afternoon back in Swindon again, looked after by Vicky this time as poor Beks was ill. It was great to meet readers who'd come in to get their copy of Solstice at Stonewylde, and many shoppers were excited to find a new series that appealed to their imaginations.
Kit spent a brilliant hour and a half at this Aladdin's Cave of hardware, which used to be a local shop to her when she lived in Weymouth. There were people waiting for her arrival, eager to get their advance copy of the third book, and it didn't stop during her time there. They kept on coming! She really enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces who'd come specially, and was delighted at everyone's excitement. Some were stocking up on Christmas presents too, so the trilogy of books went down very well. Many thanks to Malcolm and Terri for arranging the event, which was a first for them. The local reporter came and took some photos too, so watch out for some more coverage in the Dorset Evening Echo.
Kit and Mr B spent the whole weekend at this event organised by the Beltane Bash team, and launched the first sales of Solstice at Stonewylde. It was wonderful to meet up again with readers who were so eager to get the third book! Kit met editors from Pagan Dawn and The Pentacle, the two best-selling pagan magazines. She also gave a talk on her writing, her inspiration and how the Stonewylde Series has reached the mainstream Dolmen playing at Halloween Ballmarket as well as being enjoyed by pagans across the country. It was great to hear the fantastic band The Dolmen play again, and Keri and Star were very pleased to get their copy of Solstice. But the highlight of the whole event for Kit took place outside on the green. She held a beautiful 27 year old barn owl called Henry, and fell in love! He was so soft and very tame indeed, pecking gently at her fingers and enjoying the fuss being made of him. Kit has always loved owls (influenced by her special aunt, to whom the series is dedicated) - she's now desperate for a barn owl of her own!