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2009 News and Events
Cornish Stonewylders and many more from Devon and as far afield as Wales gathered at this brilliant event to meet up with Kit and Mr B. The Sands Hotel in Porth, just by Newquay, was a fantastic venue for the festival, billed as Cornwall's biggest new age festival. Kit gave a talk on both days, met loads of new readers and even got measured up for a dress to wear next year to the Elf Fantasy Fair! Read full details of the event on Kit's blog.
Kit enjoyed visiting the BBC studio again in Exeter and having a chat with Judi Spiers. Judi is a big Stonewylde fan, more than a little moongazy herself, and may be spotted in the gym wearing her Stonewylde T-shirt. Judi was disappointed however that there's no date yet set for publication of the fourth book.
Simon Key and Tim West made Kit very welcome for an evening of post-Samhain magic in their wonderful independent bookshop. The whole shop was lit by candles as Kit talked of her magical experiences that led to the writing of Stonewylde, and read excerpts from the books to the audience. The Big Green Bookshop is one of the UK's more famous independents, born by the closure of a Waterstone's branch which led Simon and Tim to bravely make a stand and start their own shop. A great evening and many thanks to all who came out on a rainy dark night to meet Kit.
Kit was honoured to be invited to present the prizes at the annual award ceremony for volunteers in Dorset. This took place in Dorchester, and after making a short speech to the audience, Kit presented copies of Magus of Stonewylde to nine young people who'd shown outstanding achievement in their volunteering. It was a lovely evening, with local band Howling at the Moon playing a rumbustious set, and Kit enjoyed chatting with the sponsor Gerald Duke and the Mayor of Dorchester.
This was a wonderful event in the most beautiful and spiritual setting - a very different ambience to the utilitarian discomfort of Olympia. Crystals twinkled, incense wafted, peaceful music filled the wonderful old deconsecrated monastery, and Kit stood in the chancel with her banner by the altar! A great tribe of Stonewylders turned out for the day, all sporting their T-shirts. The photo shows the four different Stonewylde T-shirts all being worn together for the first time ever! Kit's talk was fully booked very early in the day and many people who'd hoped to hear her speak about "Reconnecting with Nature" were disappointed. So many people bought books - it was a really successful day, and Kit and Mr B were delighted to be there. Thanks to all the gang who came along!
Kit spent a very busy weekend in London at this event, teaming up once again with the Magik Thread Bookstall. This was the first time the new Stonewylde banner was in use, and it proved very successful. Lots of faithful Stonewylders turned up on both days of the weekend, and Kit did her talk on the Sunday. As always, more details of these events can be read on Kit's blog. It was a fantastic but absolutely exhausting weekend, and Kit and Mr B thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was a lovely venue, spacious and full of interesting stalls. Kit was one of four authors on a long table, and she and Mr B sold many books this weekend. However Kit was innundated with Stonewylde readers asking when the fourth book would be published - and they were only slightly mollified by the chance to show their allegiance to Stonewylde and buy a new Green Labyrinth T-shirt! Thanks as ever to the Stonewylders who came especially, and to Ruth and Neil for organising another great event. The "Book Babes" above are Anna-Louise Haigh, Kit, Marsha Scarbrough and Karen French.
A truly magical event in a castle surrounded by lakes, where Kit held court in a beautiful Stonewylde room. Thousands of visitors flocked to this spectacular fair, most dressed in exotic fantasy clothes, and many of them visited Kit and Mr B in their private room. There was a great deal of interest in Stonewylde, and Kit gave talks in the throne room on both days. Many thanks to the lovely Stonewylde fans Sorcha, Ebany and Fonza who helped cope with the huge amount of customers, and also to Stephan, Thomas, Renate, PJ and Roland for their superb organisation and for giving Kit the real VIP treatment. This really was a brilliant event and has firmly established Stonewylde in the Netherlands. Kit was also delighted to meet Linda Ravenscroft and Josephine Wall, both well-known fantasy artists.
Kit and Mr B hosted a special gathering for fifty members of the Stonewylde Community in a haunted Victorian Gothic mansion in Dorset. The whole weekend was amazing, with a magical ceremony, workshops, wylde partying, a Stonewylde quiz and an exclusive reading from the fourth book, Shadows at Stonewylde. Everyone had a brilliant, emotionally charged and very special time. Read about it in Kit's blog - a weekend of full moon magic and fun.
This was Kit's first appearance at a Literary Festival and what a one to start with! Port Eliot is a beautiful stately home set in the most gorgeous grounds near Plymouth just inside the Cornish border. Kit was invited by Lady St Germans herself, and Stonewylde had a strong presence with its own gazebo and displays. Kit and Mr B spent a very busy weekend meeting people and exhibiting a beautiful collection of corn dollies made by a wonderful lady and staunch Stonewylde fan from the Guild of Strawcraftsmen. Kit was dressed as the Corn Mother of Lammas, and Mr B also looked distinctly bucolic. On the Friday night they attended a special drinks party hosted by the Earl of St Germans, and Kit and Mr B had a good chat with him. On Saturday Kit was honoured to give a talk in the famous Round Room. This spectacular room is well known for being completely decorated with a mural painted by the late and notorious artist Robert Lenkiewicz. Kit met so many really lovely people over the weekend, and on the Sunday was interviewed by her friend of the Museum of British Folklore fame, Simon Costin, for the Port Eliot radio show and podcast. Kit was mentioned by the well-known book blogger Dovegrey Reader and has now appeared in her Lammas Queen outfit on this famous lady's blogsite. The weekend was absolutely amazing and Kit hopes very much to return to Port Eliot next year. Read more details on Kit's blog, and more about the Port Eliot Festival here.