Virtual Launch Party

This is a new adventure for Arun Scribes. Over the last month, we have been busy doing lots of crazy thin8U1A0807-Editgs, making a silent film, creating a radio broadcast, tweeting like crazy – you name it – we’ve been doing a lot of pimping our new books.

But the craziest thing of all is our Virtual launch Party to be held on the Arun Scribes Facebook Page on Tuesday, April 18th between 7pm and 9pm, British Summer time. We will have guests from all over the world, the more the merrier. Apart from our new books, we are proud to have four guest authors joining us. Ruth Dugdall; John Broughton; Jane Cable and Michael Parker – so there’s something for everyone. We will have lots of competition giveaways along with food, drink, music and dancing. You can post your own images to the party – we want to see dancing.

Competition winners will be awarded electronic version of books and will be messaged the day after the party. Do join us.


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Another Banana Sonnet

BANANA SONNET  by Angela Petch

I watch you as you sit and peel the yellow skin

Up in the baobab tree, where you lay in wait.

You stole the banana from my picnic plate,

You and your hairy monkey friend, with a din

And a chattering, a hullaballoo of vervets

That echoed round the Serengeti – to Kuwait,

Constantinople, Timbuktu and the Bering Strait.

Oh banana mine, bought in the market of Tanga

From a mother and baby wrapped in a colourful kanga.

She carried a hand of bananas atop her head,

The baby slung on her back in peaceful slumber.

She chopped a bunch for me with a knife-sharp panga

And I placed you in my basket, a snack to store

For our safari. But alas, alack…you are no more.

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Banana Sonnets

This month’s homework was to create an ode or sonnet to a banana. Who knew it was 600 years since bananas first appeared in Britain.As editor of this website, I made the decision that all the offerings were worthy of publication.

The first is by Maureen Wells and entitled My Ladies Choice

I looked upon such lusciousness with delight
At beauty, golden tinted as in a summers day
Nature has caused my senses to excite
My fair lady will surely wish to stay
When I present her with this new fruit banana
She’ll surely give me her hand forever more,
O No! She behaves with uncalled for drama
In a beautiful shape she finds a flaw
She refuses to place her rosy lips to taste
I plead in vain we might share such joy
But love has not the time, it acts in haste
She demands a straight banana. Is this a ploy?
For how hard I try, this I cannot acquire
So farewell my lady, a curvy banana is my desire.


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Now and Then in Tuscany by Angela Petch

THANK HEAVENS for literature. For poems that nail a moment or feeling, books that educate, transport us to places we didn’t know about and help us escape.

Writers are inspired in different ways: through memories, chance meetings with unusual people, newspaper articles, dreams, narcotics…the list is endless.   Looking at my bookshelves, I notice how many of my favourite reads are strong on location.  My favourite childhood read, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” with the ominous and brooding shadows of the Yorkshire moors, “Cider with Rosie”, where Laurie Lee takes us to life in a remote Cotswold village and a wonderful recent favourite, “A Year of Marvellous Ways” by Sarah Winman, set in a remote inlet of the Cornish coast. In all these stories, locations are not just backdrops to the plot and characters, they are vital. These books would be diminished and fall apart without them. Continue reading

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Blood, sweat and tears in the Pays d’Oc

At Home in the Pays d’Oc is the story of how my husband and I were adopted, while in France, by a small brown and white dog, and how we ended up spending four years as residents of a village in the Languedoc.

It is true, up to a point, although I wouldn’t dream of spoiling a good story for the sake of a few hard facts.  Some of my beta readers have been kind enough to say it is funny.  If you want to read it, it will soon be available through Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.  If you subscribe to Tolino, Scribd or Apple you will, I’m told, find it there.

But the point of this post is not to tell you about the book.  It is to tell you how it came into existence:  a salutary tale (or a warning) for all indie publishers.  It’s about perseverance in the face of all odds; it’s about saying ‘I quit’ nine times and going back, reluctantly, with gritted teeth and dragging heels, a tenth time. Continue reading

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What is Ranter’s Wharf About?

Ranters_Wharf_FRONT_cover_smallI’ve really struggled to describe my new book to people. I think the reason is that it’s very personal and may not fit with  current genres for historical fiction. But one of my beta readers has said that some chapters remind him of Dickens and others of Hardy. While I would never dare to put myself on a level with those masters of 19th century classics, it has made me realise something. I have not written this book to please other people, but myself and if that does not appeal, so be it. My new book, in its small way, is a social commentary on  difficult times and how that affected one particular family in the early part of the 19th century. Some of the themes I touch on are  women’s place in society; poverty both in agrarian and industrial settings; the casual disregard for life; the influence of religion for both good and ill and the awakening recognition that things must change.

But there are also resonances with life today, especially how the poor are still at the mercy of the powerful, and I don’t mean just economically. The poor are still vilified, only now we are berated by tales of benefit cheats, whereas the reality is that very few people cheat. I recently listened as a reporter from the Daily Mail on television said that such stories sell papers and people don’t want to hear the truth. So certain newspapers are not in the business of reporting truth but obfuscating, how surprising!  Plus ça change.

Many fought long and hard to improve living and working conditions. Let’s not slip back to these times. They weren’t so long ago.


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More News on the Book Launch

These are the books we will be launching on April 3oth, but of course, we will have some of our previous output available on the day as well.

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