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A Day for 'Lovies'

The CAA (Concert Artistes Association) resides quietly in Bedford Street, just off the Strand, London. What a place, a welcoming space for 'lovies' who gathered in the delightful Jesters Bar, yesterday. I was among them, having a drink before our Scripts Live! showcase began. The walls are lined with photographs of performers and the talk was mainly theatrical. Martin Cort had assembled a group of us, all members of his Drasma group for a public reading of our plays.  Mine, WAITING, was second on the programme. It's a quirky piece, a conversation between a diffident man and a nosy woman in a hospital waiting room. Gradually she worms out of him (I use the term advisedly) that the secret of his svelteness is his friend, a tapeworm. Audience loved it and I preened in the applause. For a writer who spends so much of her time alone, it was wonderful to have such an airing and, together with friends Bev and John, we had a great afternoon.


Research is an important part of the writer's work. In writing Monet's Angels I did hours and hours of research in order to make the story believable. the book begins in 1913 and I needed to be sure details were historically correct from the clothes my heroine, Judith, wore, to the car Robert drove and, of course, there was much research into impressionism and gardens, Claude Monet's twin loves. Google is a wonderful tool for this but you have to be careful. It is all too easy to become engrossed in a particular subject and find yourself an hour later still reading round it. Also, like an iceberg, only a small portion of your research will show. It is best to be selective and use on a few pertinent details at a time to 'flavour' the story rather thsn deliver huge, indigestible chunks. 

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