Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Children in Read + The Great Larry Stephens Mystery
I wanted to let you know that I've donated a book plus some special extras to this year's Children in Read, an annual auction of signed books held to raise money for Children in Need.
A signed copy of It's All In The Mind is lot number 524 in the Autobiography/Biography section and the winning bidder will also receive two 5" x 5" prints of photos from Larry Stephens' personal collection showing a relaxed Spike Milligan on a day out as well as colour reproductions of the extremely rare first and second issues of the 'Third Jungle Book' magazine (the magazine of the 3rd Commando Brigade) dating from April 1944 and May 1944. A link to the auction site is below and you'll find a wealth of fabulous books up for grabs.
In other news, an article about The Great Larry Stephens Mystery, Or How A Forgotten Black Country Writer Changed The Face Of British Comedy Forever, the free 15-minute podcast produced by Birmingham Comedy Festival, appears in the latest edition of the Goon Show Preservation Society's newsletter. If you missed the podcast when it was first broadcast (to coincide with the publication of It's All In The Mind), you can still listen to it via YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and Spotify, or you can download it via Podbean. It features an interview with me alongside contributions from actors James Hurn, Janice Connolly, Richard Usher and Jimm Rennie. There are also brief passages from several Goon Show episodes and a never-before-heard clip from Birmingham Comedy Festival's The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot stage production.
I hope you're all keeping safe and well.