Friday, 24 July 2009

e books audio versions ?

Fellow writer friends are going for ebook version of their book and one dear friend has also got an audio version of his. What should a technophobe like me do? I love new technology and gaze in wonder at all the dizzying heights of progress but can only hack a small amount with any sense of understanding.
Shoulder still in agony xray results in 7-10 days.May have inherited my mum's oesteo arthritis.No cure then, grin and bear it as I hate taking Ibuprofen even now.
Scribbled a lovely poem at dawn but can't read my own writing now!Need to work on it maybe after lunch.My garden now a poetry of nature, blooming in all hues.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Bruce Springsteen in Hampden or Oxfam Bookfest?

Brucie boy's concert had a wee bit of an effect on our audience.How can I win against 'Pink Cadillac and My Lucky Day'? The heavy showers also kept some people away, but all in all a good event. Tawona's lullaby in Shona language, the unique music of Zimbabwe and the surprise participation of Bryam Owen made it a good evening. James, John and Anne at the Oxfam Bookshop had put in all the effort to make it happen.
I'm glad to say that I feel so much better that I even managed to go to my aquarobics class this morning.Good health is so important we take it for granted always. So another writers event this evening with Rosemary Goring as Chair of Creative Scotland Literature group and a new author Andrea McNicoll's debut novel, I'm sure it would be an interesting evening.

Friday, 10 July 2009

BookFest at City Chambers

Struggled in to City Chambers in George Square on the 8th midmorning. Felt dizzy and ill.Managed to croak my way through my short readings.The function suite was stunning, the event so touching in many ways as the readers reflected the diversity in Glasgow. Mahmood , the Iranian poet was wonderful, read some in Farsi, the Persian lilt so rich to listen to. Jamila the Irish/ Asian poet read with music in the background, the Kosovan ladies, the Somailian young girl read pieces that were touching, words from the heart. Mariyam chaired the meeting really well. The Oxfam staff's hard work had this wonderful bookfest off to a great start. The line up in the afternoon was 'awesome', like Liz Lochhead, Donny O'Rourke, Caro Ramsey, Margaret Thomson Davies, Karen Campbell etc but I had to get back to my bed, felt I could not sit there anymore, feeling weak and dizzy.
Going to the doc this afternoon to get this sorted, if it is a nasty bug I need some antibiotics to get rid of it. Sorry to be such a moan but it has gone on for too long.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Milo and the Bookfest

Here is Milo my friends cute little Maltese pup.Wish I had him! He is sooooooooo cute. I just saw him yesterday and he is playful and a joy to be with.

Kind comments from a reviewer of my novel 'Twice Born' lifted my spirits from the hayfever onslaught. David Evans is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh and who writes extensively for magazines in the Far East has read my book and sent me a copy of his review.

I have taken a few sentences from his piece and quote :

"Leela Soma’s enchanting descriptions of India’s colourful festivals and foods, against the backdrop of Glasgow’s bland streets as the city transforms itself through the 80s and 90s to European City of Culture neatly illustrates the challenge faced by many of the city’s immigrants over the years. Soma’s is a story of one young Indian family whose circumstances will strike accord with similar families from any number of countries. Again, Soma, herself born in India before arriving in Glasgow in 1969, is adept at illustrating the gap between East and West with her illuminating prose. Twice Born manages to weave an intriguing story around real events and facts that will open the eyes of many readers to the challenges faced by new arrivals to Scotland. Soma’s prose is both informative and captivating, and her ability to entertain and enlighten is one many authors struggle to conquer. "

Oxfam's Bookfest is on and I am particpating at the all day event at the City Chambers in Glasgow on Wednesday 8th July. I hope the first bookfest of Oxfam is a resounding success , making books more accessible to all. Their new 'Oxtales' is a wonderful collection from famous writers who have donated their time and effort to this worthy cause. Hope many people particpate by donating their books and time to this charity.

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