The book is a wonderful selection of writings inspired by overhearings, and includes prose, poetry and plays from writers known and new, many from the Midlands. It would make the ideal Christmas stocking filler and you can order it from Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bugged-Writings-Overhearings-Jo-Bell/dp/1849140537/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288779136&sr=1-1 (Ignore the out-of-stock status, the book is printed on demand, so once place your order, the presses will fire up).
My reading went as well as I could have expected, given that I’ve never done one before in my life. Nobody pointed and laughed and said I was a fraud, oddly enough, so my worst fears went unrealised.
It’s an incredible feat to go from the initial idea to the published book in less than four months, so credit is due to Joe Bell and David Calcutt for pulling the project together in this short time.
Meanwhile, my eavesdropping continues (Nosey Parker that I am). Here are a couple of favourites from a recent weekend away walking in Derbyshire. Do feel free to let them inspire you! And don’t be surprised if you see them crop up somewhere in my writing. Perhaps opening a poem, or popping innocently out the mouth of someone in my novel.
· “Sheffield’s completely full of Somalians now. It’s like the Wild West”.
· “He doesn’t like toast. ‘Everyone likes toast’, I said. ‘Well, I don’t’, he said.”
If you want to see the poem I've published in Bugged, I've added to my Work In Progress page. It's the one about the Coolbox. If you want to read the others, you'll have to buy the book!