It was with great pleasure to be invited back to school today! Alfie and I visited my old school Rydal Penrhos, Colwyn Bay to share our stories with the pupils.
We started the day with a lovely walk in Pwllycrochan woods just above Rydal and then headed down for morning session at the school. The day started in the library with the reception class and years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 throughout the morning.
Thank you so much once again for sharing my second teaser video over the last week. This process is certainly making time go whizzing by as it is now week 3, so that means it’s time to reveal the third teaser video. I think this would be Alfie’s favourite as it was all based on him being at the park.
So the time has come to release the first of six teaser videos featuring my labradoodle Alfie, star of the book series A Dog Lover’s Dream. I am so very excited to share this special film, which was made in conjunction with Bangor University. It really is the result of hard work from Charlie Wells, Rory Farmer and James Gair-Owen. I must say thank you again to this amazing trio!
So it has been almost a couple of months since I last wrote in the Journal. In the meantime, I have been a busy bee preparing for the Beaumaris 50’s Club presentation. Oh and the small matter of prepping my Christmas book too, which is now printed! But more about that another time. Here’s an update on how my presentation went – My Life in a Poet’s World, the Story so Far!
The making of A Dog Lover’s Dream in film all came about when I met Alix Charnley. She works for Bangor University and connects the University’s resources through a Santander Talent initiative. She had come to discuss a project for Colwyn Bay Motorcycles, my day job. Alix and I got chatting about my book and decided that it would be fantastic to turn it into a series of films. These would feature the real Alfie and myself and form a launch platform for the book.
They arrived, printed and published, I couldn’t contain my excitement at receiving the first 12 sample copies of my book A Dog Lover’s Dream. It was just incredible to hold onto a book that I had written. However, thank goodness for a small sample run as a close friend spotted a typo!
The inspiration for A Dog Lover’s Dream came to me one gloomy November evening as I was sat cosy in my pyjamas in front of a logburner. Alfie, my labradoodle was stretched out on his bed enjoying the warm.
I’m not entirely sure where the initial story of all this began nor where to start this Journal as the whole experience has been new to me. I have been dabbling in an unfamiliar world! So, to begin with, I’ll explore the run up to writing A Dog Lover’s Dream. This instalment will take us from Summer 2016 through to Winter 2016.
Welcome to my brand new website and iGilda journal and thank you for taking the time to visit! It has been an incredible journey so far and over the next few weeks I’ll be updating my Journal with everything that has happened over the last year. Please keep checking back to see what’s been going on in my iGilda world.