I am nearing the end of The Messiah of Deben Market, the follow up to The Magic of Deben Market.
Although, strictly speaking, this book is not a sequel. It is designed to be read along side the first. We might see some events and characters from ‘Magic’ in a different light.
As I’m closs to finishing, I thought I’d reveal a detail or two.
Those of you who have read The Magic of Deben Market may remember the character, Major Charlotte Hood. A soldier from the future stranded in our present. When the reader first meets her, she is about seventy and we learn that she has been in our time period for about twenty years.
I’m happy to tell you that Charlotte plays a more significant roll in ‘Messiah’. Although, it is up to the reader to decide who the messiah really is.
Could it be new character Rose Pargeter who married into a wealthy family and is a persistent do-gooder?
Perhaps it is the returning Gavin Madocks, who has a long and mysterious past?
Is it John Cooper who did much during the second world war and afterwards in search of Nazis?
I never expected my own stories could be performed with such emotion.
I never thought I would be nervous before the shows began, or relieved afterwards.
It’s drained me.
What am I talking about?
The Magic of Deben Market was performed in a unique venue. Almost the whole book was read and enacted by a group of actors over seven nights.
Highlights, chatting with the actors afterwards. Questions re characters, accents etc. Compliments about the writing from people whose job it is to interpret words on a page. Leslie Ash said the stories reminded her of ‘Inside No9’ a huge compliment. Another wrote to me and said Tales of the Unexpected meets Doc Martin meets Fargo. Astounded, am I.
Lowlights, a couple of the stories couldn’t be enacted because of their structure – they didn’t quite fit the new BookStreamz format. But that is such a small complaint that I don’t know why I mention it. Forget I said it.
A few words about the the actors and some of the characters;
The book had several narrators all of whom gave the stories an individual feel. But I must mention Gavin Marshall who as well as being one of the narrators also played the part of the campest crime boss of the 20th century – Mr Hudson, darling.
Angelika, the wishing witch, played with a twinkle in her eye by Leanne Jeffers.
Sion Lloyd did Aliboy great justice; innocence, fear, and compassion all rolled into one.
We found out about Alfred Young and Jasper James thanks to the marvellous Ian Jervis and Robert Putt. Robert also did Old Nick very well. He made me laugh more than once.
Leslie Ash took many parts, but from now I will always remember her as Ashley, the woman who fell in love with her voice assistant – ‘Clive, talk dirty to me.’
Alex Boorman relished in his role as Darryl the spaceman, as well as Wally and Oli, and a few other parts too.
Daniel Fletcher narrated one night and on another played the part of Matt. Not an easy task, but he cinched it rather brilliantly.
Kelli Hollis played the Time Travelling soldier from the future and she couldn’t have been more perfect.
Moony Moore came to life, but we saw so much more than a 3D interpretation of my 2D character. We saw his soul and the loneliness of his lost existence. Fabulous work from John Hales.
Some actors took on more than one part, but there’s too many parts and too many actors to mention them all. I wouldn’t want to unintentionally hurt anyone by omitting them. But the effort they put in, both on screen and in preparation did not go unnoticed by me.
Accompanying music by Christian Lloyd set the scene, as did an intro video.
It’s also worth mentioning that BookStreamz was born partly out of a need to give actors work when Lockdown hit their industry so hard. And as such they all work from home in front of a little screen. Therefore the accomplishments of their acting are greater as they can’t use a whole stage, a studio, make up artists, or physically interact with each other.
This sort of performing is a new way for readers to see our books, and I’m thrilled to be one of the first writers to be asked by BookStreamz to participate.
As writers we have a new and exciting place where our books might find a new audience – BookStreamz
I’ve about a million questions and my tummy is all quivery.
I should explain.
I am in the fortunate position of being able to have my book turned into a performance by professional actors.
At 7pm tonight – Wednesday 2nd December (UK time), the team at BooksStreamz will read the first hour. There are 14 episodes (I think).
What questions do I have?
Well, who will play Moony Moore or any of the characters for that matter?
What will they look like?
Will they meet my imaginary expectations?
When BooksStreamz enacted Sins of The Father during the Summer, I was stunned at the level of professionalism. I’d underestimated how good the words would be coming from the mouths and hearts of people who knew how to act. It was something I had never envisioned and it blew me away. So, I am sure the team will do a smashing job with Moony and the other residents of Deben Market. I’m a little nervous, that’s all.
I couldn't have been more pleased when Elaine Sturgess from BookStreamz asked for a Zoom meeting to discuss the possibility of The Magic of Deben Market being given the BookStreamz treatment.
A bit of background :
I entered the inaugural competition of a new company that wanted to promote independent writers. The company, the brainchild of Elaine Sturgess, had the intention of producing fully made promo videos or even a pilots for a TV series of books that were popular with the indie reading masses. This promo video could then be used to promote the book and have the potential for a program or film to be commissioned.
My book did very well, coming in the top five. I didn't win and therefore wasn't the recipient of above prize, but it got a special page and promotion on the BooksOffice website - I was as pleased as punch to have done so well.
However, when Lockdown was announced in March 2020 all the BooksOffice projects had to be rethought. So Elaine and her friend, Leslie Ash, set out to give actors and writers a brand new entertainment venue called BooksStreamz.
The idea of BooksStreamz is to have an actor read the entire book with other actors playing the parts of the characters in the story, via Zoom. Money raised from the first readings was donated to charities.
My short story, Sins of The Father, was beautifully read by Garry Cooper (Quadrophenia, Caravaggio), with other parts being played by Leslie Ash (Quadrophenia, Men Behaving Badly, Holby City, Where The Heart Is), Dylan Morris, Levon Gharibian, Luke Kemp, Matthew Blaney, and David Sterne. It was a success - even if I do say so myself.
Forward a few months and the concept of live book readings has grown. Customers can subscribe to a variety of packages allowing them to drop into a reading during the day or stream previously performed books at their leisure.
The Magic of Deben Market will soon air on BookStreamz.
What will the time travelling soldier from the future look like? Will she be tall or short, dark or fair - it doesn't really matter, I just want to see and hear her.
What will any of them look like? Darryl the spaceman, Felix the oldster and Gavin the mysterious magician.
And who will play that gruff fisherman, Moony Moore?
I am pleased to announce that the first review has come in for Tall Tales & Short Fiction, and I’m over the moon to say it’s five stars. On top of that the reviewer likens some of the stories to Ray Bradbury and P.G Wodehouse – a total honour.
A multi-genre collection that delights on every page.
When I finished “Tall Tales and Short Fiction,” I sat back and thought, “Man, what incredibly entertaining reading experience that was!” This wonderful collection showcases the author’s ability to create memorable characters with stories written in several different genres and styles. There’s prewar England reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse and science fiction that reminded me of Ray Bradbury. There’s a story written from the perspective of a dragon (one of my favorites) and one about a down and out private detective set in the fifties who is intent on turning his life around. There’s horror in “The Butcher of Blengarth” and there are a number of drabbles (100-word stories) about monsters, love, angels and more. There’s even a short chapter from the author’s remarkable debut novel, “The Magic of Deben Market,” and a teaser chapter from his soon to be released follow up novel, “The Mystery of Deben Market (which I loved, by the way.) I have been reading David’s work for nearly a year. He is an incredibly talented writer with a wide-ranging imagination who has the ability to bring his characters to life in such a way that you often don’t want the story to end. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work in the future, and I highly recommend this collection.’
A collection of David Bowmore’s best loved pieces brought together for the first time. Inside, you will find futuristic dog fights, fantasy dragons, hard-bitten detectives, nostalgic romance, time travellers, horrifying butchers, the trenches of the Great War, Old West gunslingers and light-hearted adventurers. Open the book and get to know Corky, a disgraced cop; Morty, a cocktail loving man-about-town; Kruz, an undertaker pilot; Georgette, an adventuress of style and taste; Father Thomas, a priest with a shocking past; and Sally the black-eyed cocker spaniel. From 100 word drabbles to 10,000 word micro-novels you will be spoilt for choice, no matter your preferred genre. Many of the stories have been published by respected independent publishers, but a handful will give the reader a taste for future works David is soon to release.
My story, Sins of The Father, is to have an all star special make over - read and acted by a stellar cast who will interact with each other live via Zoom.
With Leslie Ash (Men Behaving Badly, Where the Heart Is), David Sterne (Casualty, The Detectorists), and Dylan Morris (The Doll Maker).
The people at BookStreamz have even commissioned a punky theme tune, written by Christian Lloyd.
To watch the event, all you have to do is follow the link below and donate what you want - all proceeds go towards NHS Covid emergency fund. You will then gain access to the virtual theatre and even receive a link, via email, to the recording should you not be able to attend the live broadcast.
The date - Thursday 25th June at 11am here in the UK.
The performance should last about an hour and quarter. So please follow the link below and buy your ticket now.