St.Ives September Festival 2014
St.Ives Library, 15th September 2014, where I’m about to start giving my talk for the September Festival. I was also reading extracts from my novel THE FORGIVING SAND which is based in the town. A quick check on my notes and I was away. It’s amazing how the experiences I had living and working in St.Ives as a teenager flooded back to me as soon as I began talking. People gathered to listen attentively as I told them, for example, how we moved into a tiny fisherman’s cottage, without a bathroom, in Downalong, St.Ives.
This was during the 1960’s. I soon became aware that people were very attentive and curious. Many questions followed!
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to tell them about my experience, moving to St.Ives as a teenager with my creative parents who were inspired by the light and the beautiful landscape – as I was too the minute I caught a glimpse of that wonderful view of the harbour. I chose several passages from my novel which would best describe the magical atmosphere of the place, the eccentric characters, and the artists driven to paint by a passion for nature and the sea.