Ghosts in East Calder Library?

The following is from a recent West Lothian Council e-bulletin:

‘Author visit: Hilarious author Keith Charters is appearing at East Calder Library from 11am to 12 noon on Friday 17 July. Keith’s sessions are described as ‘stand-up comedy based around books’.

As well as talking about how he became an author, Keith will be providing great tips on creative writing and reading hilarious sections from his book. He’ll also be giving away prizes in a very lively competition. Places are free, but must be booked in advance by calling East Calder Library on 01506 883633.’

DSC06526Although it says I’m ‘appearing’ at East Calder Library, I don’t think it means in the way that ghosts appear. I sure hope not! If I do resemble a ghost it’s because summer has forgotten to turn up this year (it’s raining outside as I type).

Hope you can join in the fun. I’m really looking forward to to this return to West Lothian after presenting in Fauldhouse and Bathgate libraries last month.

[A special ‘thank you’ to the Burgess family for forwarding the bulletin.]

Solar eclipse, 20 March 2015

Star Trek was strange. ‘Space: the final front ear.’ Why would people have ears at the front? Very odd.

But space is fascinating. And it will be extra specially fascinating at about 0930 on Friday 20 March, because that’s when the next full solar eclipse will take place.

In the UK we’ll get a partial eclipse, but it will still be over 80% throughout the UK, and over 90% in Central Scotland. Go even further north, e.g. to Lewis or Harris, and you’ll be in the 95% zone. Exciting stuff.

9781905537136It was a little corner of space that inspired me to write the 4th LEE book, Lee on the Dark Side of the Moon. And I rather fancy the idea of being in a school to talk about that book on the day of the eclipse. I’ll be able to wheel out my Moon facts!

Here’s a good Moon (and solar eclipse) fact to start with. Why do we get perfect eclipses? Why doesn’t the sun peep round the edges, or why doesn’t the Moon look twice as large as the Sun? The answer is that the Sun’s diameter is 400 times that of the Moon; but the Sun is also exactly 400 times further from the Earth than is the Moon. In short, the 400s cancel out each other.

So, let me know if you’d be interested in a visit. It would ‘eclipse’ all others!

You may groan now…

Happy World Book Day!

This is always a busy time of the year, but this time it’s extra special for me as I’ll be springing a surprise on one of my sons. He’s in primary 4 and I’ll be presenting to his class this afternoon. But shh, he doesn’t know, which is why it’s only now that I’m writing this post, now that he’s at school.

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Then, tomorrow, I’m heading East. No, not to China or Japan – not that far east – but to Falkirk and Denny. Which means I’ll be travelling halfway to where I was born, come to think of it!

Whatever you’re doing for World Book Day, have a great one. There’s nothing like having your nose in a book. Well, unless someone’s snapping it closed… Ouch!

World Book Day availability

World Book Day seems to creep up on me each year. It seems no time at all since I was opening Christmas presents – some were even my own! – and now, as I write, World Book Day is just over 3 weeks away on Thursday 5 March. Where did the time go?

The good news is that I have some availability around that time. So feel free to get in touch if you are from a school, library or book festival. I already have a bundle of bookings, but I will fit you in if I possibly can.

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Click on the links for more information on my writing and presenting, including in schools.