I was delighted at the response to the book launch. When sending out the invitations I was advised that only about 20 to 30% of the guests would turn up on the night. Maybe it was the offer of champagne and canapés that did the trick but almost everyone came along.
We had to rotate the viewing of the book trailer into three sittings otherwise it was impossible to get a decent view. Luckily, the quick-witted staff at Bolling Hall were able to offer guided tours of the house to the other groups whilst the screening was on.
Ably supported by family and friends the event was a great success and it was one of the best nights of my life. It was great to be back in the hall of my ancestors and have the owner of Skipton Castle visit – a fantastic parallel with the book.
The most enjoyable thing for me was to see the reaction of the actors when they saw the trailer for the first time. If we take away the age of the central Shepherd character, and I’m sure John Hudson won’t mind, then the average age of the cast is less than 15 years old. I know I am biased but I think they put some of the Hollywood Blockbuster trailers to shame.
As for John, it was really funny to see him pictured with Steve Halliwell, the actor who plays Zack Dingle in the TV soap, Emmerdale. John wins the prize for sounding more like Zack Dingle than Zack Dingle does, although at another earlier event someone was convinced I’d got Sean Bean to do the voiceover.
A big thanks to one and all for supporting me. ♥
Catering was supplied by Giles at Cafe Grain.
Never has Bolling Hall seen such fare. He gets the return gig for the next book launch.
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