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The Ropewalk - Barton-upon-Humber

The first of anything is always a daunting experience. The first book launch for a story that has been years in the making, and embodying a little segment of our souls into each page, is a terrifying experience.

We’ve been planning the launch of Day’s Dying Glory by Virginia Crow for several months now so, when the time came to make it over to The Ropewalk in Barton-on-Humber on the 11th April, we weren’t really sure what to say.

The tension disappeared, however, when we arrived at The Ropery Hall and people started arriving. My sister, Judith, had surprised us by travelling down that day – all the way from the north of Scotland – to be with us on this momentous occasion. As more and more people arrived, some of whom I knew from when we lived in Lincolnshire, the atmosphere grew more and more enjoyable.


After I introduced the author, Virginia Crow read us some sections from her book. The readings were centred around the three main characters – sisters living initially in a Highland lodge. With clarity and sensitivity, Virginia led us through some events in her book.


For the event, 8 young people from the Duckegg Theatre Company were performing

4 scenes from the book. Their acting was fabulous and it was stunning to see how they

had interpreted the text. I enjoyed this, sitting back and appreciating all the hard work

that had gone into this production.

There was also a quiz with 15 questions – all about the era in which the book is set. The questions were difficult and the winners got 10 of the questions right. After the Orkney book launch on the 6th May, I will post this quiz online and see if anyone on here can answer the questions!

It was disappointing when the evening came to an end, but we all had a slice of cake which Linda Lawcock had made for us (see Cakes by Linda on Facebook) and Virginia signed the books that people had bought. Overall, it was a wonderful evening and a fabulous start to what I hope will be a successful book launch campaign.

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