Friday, 17 February 2017

Hopeful signs bursting out all over Lewes.

As we reach the middle of February here in Lewes, UK, our winter is releasing its frozen grip out there and I can already see signs of hope out there on the horizon. I, inevitably, have succumbed to the latest viral infection that it buzzing round town but I haven't been entirely idle.

I've been reading Alex Ross's excellent book on 20th Century classical music, The Rest Is Noise. One of my new year's resolutions was fulfilled this morning when I came to the end of this massive and massively impressive study of a difficult but truly exciting period in music.

I have also been writing - pretty well as usual - and over the last week, amongst other projects, I have written six new Fibonacci poems, scribbling away in the little doodling book that I keep for the purpose.

 Naturally, I've been keeping company with a number of 20th century composers during this time and, this week, I've been listening to Shostakovich, Copeland, Jerome Kern and Messiaen - what an amazingly varied century it was for music.

Outside, in my little urban garden, things haven't been idle either.

The bulbs are more than stirring....

the primroses are in bloom...

as is the wonderful Hellebores out there, like the primroses, thriving in two of the garden's darkest corners.

My camellia too is beginning to flower with its boldly unseasonal red petals.

The snowdrops, of course, are now in their element....both old favourites....

.....and new plantings.

Before the lurgey forced me indoors, I've been out on my rambles around Lewes and was delighted to find one of my favourite plants in bloom down the road in the town's Grange Gardens.

The Chinese witch hazel, hamamelis molis, with its intoxicating perfume and vibrant colour offers more than enough hope to me here in this moody Lewes February. Late winter is always interesting here in the UK, if you love plants. You just have to look a bit closer for their beauty.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Things are changing here at Wolfiewolfgang

Mr Nnamdi Nwachukwu is working on my website at the moment so look out for a few changes. They will all be for the good - I hope.

Monday, 30 January 2017

My new Brighton novel will be launched at Brighton's Have A Word in March

My new novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames is now officially published and generally available from online sites as well as bookstores and it's now time to announce the book's Brighton launch which will take place on Thursday, 2nd March at the splendid Have A Word event, brain child of the enthusiastic and energetic host, Ellis Collins. As Blue Notes, Still Frames is the second in my series of Brighton-themed novels, it's seems right to give it a grand Brighton send off so i'm delighted to be reading in my home town with my good friends and fellow novelists, VG Lee and Allie Rogers. Music is an important theme in the novel so it is doubly appropriate that Brighton band Octopuses will be there too, playing music from their current album, Yes Please,  and, I'm told, songs from their projected new album too. As Octopuses is my son Adam Bell's band this will make the show a family affair.

Tickets go on sale today at 

Family too is VG Lee, or so it seems, as her work is published by Ward Wood Publishing, as are both my novels.  My good friend VG Lee, is also a Sussex writer, and her novels are both wonderfully funny and powerfully poignant. Her latest, Mr Oliver's Object of Desire came off the Ward Wood production line just ahead of mine. It's a great and entertaining work and VG Lee is a terrific performer, so her reading will be terrific, I know.

I'm really happy too that the other reader on the night will be another of my friends, fellow Brighton novelist, the highly talented Allie Rogers who will be reading from her debut novel, Little Gold, due to be published by Legend Press in May this year.

To put you into the mood, take a listen to Octopuses' latest single, Not The Bees, now officially endorsed by Caroline Lucas and the Green Party. They are great, believe me, hear it for yourself: