I was at The Bookshop to sign and sketch in copies of The Rainbow Orchid, and was accompanied by local musician and author Bonx Trigwell, there to promote his new book The Dorset Arms, a collection of interconnected ghost stories that take place around this locally famous High Street pub - definitely worth a read! (You can read another blog entry featurning Mr Bonx over here).
There were carol singers, roasted nut sellers, shop owners in Dickensian costume, and Meridian FM's Neil Munday and Rosie Mac, broadcasting live to help keep everyone entertained (Bonx and I were both interviewed just before we started signing).
The Bookshop owner John Pye, Dorset Arms author Bonx Trigwell, and Garen Ewing. Photograph reproduced by kind permission of John James O'Brien (visit his website here!)
I must say a very special thanks to John Pye, owner of The Bookshop, and his staff - ever since the book launch I did there last August he has been a valued supporter of The Rainbow Orchid and I've been amazed at the number of copies he's sold from a shop where you might not usually expect big sales of graphic novels. The shop is a fascinating place and well-worth a visit. It keeps a stock of signed Rainbow Orchids and you can pick up Bonx's excellent Dorset Arms book there too. Thank you to everyone who came and bought my book on the day - hugely appreciated, as always!