You can see photos of the Fetish Hatter and the Fetish Red Queen on another post.

So, I’m stood there in Scarborough Library in an electric blue PVC Mad-Hatter’s costume waiting to start my reading at Smut by the Sea thinking, what on earth have I let myself in for?  Of course, this was a reading with a twist in that I’d decided to do it in character, but to stand up there is a bit daunting, even if it is to an audience of pretty open-minded authors and readers.  Not to mention this being the first public reading of my work!

But I’ve got to say it was a hoot and I enjoyed every minute of it once the adrenaline kicked in and I’d got going.  I know the friends who’d come along to help me also had fun, so a big thank you to Vickie Plastique (the Duchess), Tanya (the dormouse) and above all to Sally (my awesome Red Queen!), who looked stunning and read fantastic.  Also, a thank you to Andrew Welford, photographer, who at the last minute via a friend of a friend offered to take some photos of the event.  I’ll be adding them to this post as soon as I get them.

The outfits were by Cathouse Clothing of Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire and were originally made for a Skin Two North ball in Leeds a few years ago that had an Alice in Wonderland theme.  It was great to dust them off and but them to good use again!

If anybody was wondering, the bit where the cup cakes fell on the floor and the Duchess got whipped by the crop was completely unrehearsed!  It was a mishap and we improvised from there.

The day was great fun and thanks to Victoria Blisse for organising it all and letting me do the launch for my book ‘Adventures in Fetishland’ and, hopefully adding a little bit of theatre and weirdness to the event.

I got the chance to meet other authors who I only knew via e-mail or blogs, in particular Lucy Felthouse, who has helped me with web design and promotion over the last couple of years.  It was also nice to meet Janine Ashbless, who is my favourite blogger and writer in the genre.  She even bough a copy of my book (having shifted only a couple of books during the day I had to console myself with the fact it’s the quality of the buyer rather than the quantity bought that really matters!)

I enjoyed all the readings but thought the humorous ones came across particularly well, so Ashley Lister’s poems, Jennifer Denys’ funny dig at the stereotypes of erotic writing and Tilly Hunter’s (so, having gone for a dip at Scarborough, which do you think is colder – the Irish Sea or the North Sea?) were my favourites.  Also, I’d like to think I had some influence in daring Janine to read from ‘Named and Shamed’, which she did.

And I got to have fish and chips for tea, an ice cream (a mega-combo of mocha and pistachio if you’re interested), and a mooch in the penny arcades (I so wanted to win a meerkat in a pirate’s costume!) before returning in the evening to read from my Smut by the Sea short story ‘One Scoop or Two’.

So, lovely people, smut, PVC, fish and chips and ice cream – how good a day is that?!!

 

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