Oh, Olive!

As the pub is called ‘The Churchill Arms’ & my novel’s set in WW2, the outing was excusable, as it was ‘for inspiration’.

Just dropping by – quickly – to say hello, as I am supposed to be working, as you may remember. Aagh, not panicking at all.

The weather here’s gorgeous – I hope it is with you too – and on Friday we finally did something we’ve been promising ourselves for about a year: we walked across the fields to the next village and went to the pub (ahem, we sat outside of course).

As I had to get back to the computer screen that afternoon, I only allowed myself a diet Coke, not the G&T which was the ‘post lockdown dream’ but never mind, there will hopefully be another occasion, by which time I’ll definitely have earned a triple double.


In an on-line class today we talked about good characters in fiction (and on TV and in film because they all count) and I forgot to say ‘Olive Kitteridge’. Have you read the book (and the next one, ‘Olive, Again’?). I know, I know, I am late to the party. There’s a TV series and all sorts now.

I’ve listened to the first Olive book and am now on the second (audiobooks, brilliantly narrated by US actress Kimberly Farr) and they are so good. I can’t remember the last time I loved a fictional character as much.

I have embraced Olive to the extent that when my OH asks what’s for dinner I have been known to yell ‘Strawberries!’ in an American accent.

Yes, I love Olive Kitteridge. In fact, I am rationing myself now because I don’t want ‘Olive, Again’ to end.

Hold on… I have to text the dog clipper, who wants to know when she can come and ‘do’ Bonnie. Yes, the dog is getting a haircut before me.

Literary Festivals

Hay on Wye Festival (digital) 26th May – 6th June 2021 is free again this year. You just have to register and then you can attend as many events as you like (although of course, donations are welcome).

They’ve got so many events, it’s quite mind-boggling when you look at the site, although I do quite fancy Event 52, ‘Graham Norton Book Club with Marian Keyes and Richard Osman
Join us online: Sunday 30 May 2021, 7pm – 7.50pm BST’ (sorry, can’t seem to directly link to it)

Evesham – Wellbeing Event (Zoom)

The Festival with which I’m involved – Evesham Festival of Words – has just set up a new, live on-line ‘Wellbeing’ event for Saturday 12th June.

It’s just £10 for 3 sessions on Zoom (bargain!) and you can do all three or just one or two, as you wish. And there are gaps in between so you can grab a coffee or powder your nose!

I have done the ‘Pilates For the Pen’ workshop myself (and will be doing it again) and can can particularly recommend it if you want to go off and write, write, write afterwards. It will relax you and put you in the right frame of mind.

The 3 sessions are:

• ‘Chasing Rainbows: The Power of Creativity to Heal’ with Alice May
• ‘How to Sing in the Rain – Building a Toolbox of wellbeing strategies in the time of Covid 19’ with Rachel Kelly
‘Pilates for the Pen: Guided Creative Writing Workshop’ with Cat Weatherill

There are more details here.

Maybe I’ll ‘see’ you there!

PS: And in other news, when our neighbour returned the previously faceless table tennis ball that had been WHACKED across the wall, it looked like this. Aw!

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1 Response to Oh, Olive!

  1. Eirin Thompson says:

    Thanks for the Olive Ketteridge recommendation. Even with an ever-growing tower of ‘to be read’ books, it is always nice to get a personal recommendation with this level of enthusiasm – I will definitely pursue.

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