It had been a long time since I did any performance art…. I was organising my book tour, and had already decided that I wasn’t really a stand up and read aloud kind of author and planned events on beaches and riverbanks, in Irish bars and East London drinking clubs. How could I possibly resist an invitation to enter Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World at Shakespeare’s Globe???? It wasn’t really part of my book tour, it was more like joining […]
Psychologies magazine asked me to make a movie of my road trip round Ireland which ended up in Ballydavid/Baile na nGall, where I first started writing the diary that became Surf Mama 12 years ago. We had a great laugh filming, from the moving car, on windswept hillsides, in dark smokey bars…… Unfortunately most of the footage was unusable despite being filmed on my state of the art smart phone – partly because I had forgotten in […]
Back on the Cote Basque after the crazy tour round Ireland, London, Cornwall Liverpool. Surf Party book launch at To the Lighthouse fantastic new English language bookshop in Ciboure. Surf tips, aperitif, and I’ll be reading an exert about surfing in the bay of St Jean the day after the village beaujolais fest…. Dress code : Aloha Shirts 21 Quai Ravel Ciboure from 6.00
The Port Eliot weekend turned into a bit of an epic roadtrip – starting with a nine hour journey to Cornwall, where we arrived at Maia’s place just in time for the open mike session at the fisherman’s bar. One thing led to another and we stayed up all night catching up, admiring her fine quiver of surf boards, fine cellar of wine, and adorable cat. As a result we didn’t arrive at Port Eliot until saturday night, and just […]
Lovely evening at Clapham Books, aperitif and reading in the garden. Ray Gange star of cult Clash film Rude boy and Chris Salewicz author of Joe Strummer’s biography Redemption Song turned up, so when we’d finished swapping big wave stories we got into a bit of punk nostalgia. From Surf Mama . 1978. ‘Hello are you Joe Strummer? Do you want to buy me a drink?’ I asked. It was a pretty lame chat up line and unusually forward […]
Getting tropical at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, it was a hot thundery night and we’d come up with the inspiration of serving Tequila Sunset at the reading. I was running late having just arrived back from Ireland, and rather disappointed to find that they don’t sell either tequila or grenadine in Morrison’s in Shopping City! Luckily they had some Cuervo at the corner store – I won’t be winning any mixicology awards, but we had a great […]
Twilight meets Point Break at Vout-O-Reenees tonight….. Surf Session in the crypt 11th July 7.00 Vout-O-Reenees 30 Prescot Street London E1 8AZ FREE. Signed copies of Surf Mama and awesome cocktails mixed by Carson . Discover your inner surf bunny at Vout O Reenees, tips from Surf Mama training scheme, take-off practise on the bar, how to stay zen in a wipeout, why beer and surf are the perfect combination… Unless you prefer a Pink Flamingo….
On the road with the Art Car Boot Fair last weekend – would have loved to sling a surf board on top of the beautiful vintage Vauxhall Firenza and drive it away ….. but I was daytripping it on the train, and didn’t have time for much except the Boot Fair and a quick Full Brazilian in the bar afterwards. Next year I’ll take my dancing shoes and stay for the weekend. Art Car Boot Fair Hunt and Darton Café