Screen-Con in May

With my first successful talk behind me, I can look back on it knowing I can master public speaking to a large and appreciative audience. And with my name slowly circulating across the North East, the possibilities of future talks look very promising. Firstly, there’s the Screen-Con Festival on 27 May, which is held in North Shields. I’ve had a Facebook chat with the organiser, Al Elliot, who has since created a Facebook event which includes me as one of the guests. This time, I believe, I’ll be talking about my book.

I recently met Ema Lea and Simon Fitzpatrick, the organisers of the Whitley Bay Film Festival at the Tyneside Cinema Café in Newcastle to discuss my involvement with the event. Ema and Simon are wonderful people. The fact they are both musicians added to the rapport. Joining Ema, Simon, and me was Chris Phipps, and what a pleasure it was to meet him! Chris has a long career as a BBC television producer for the Midlands region. Like me, he is an incredible film fan who has met many famous people in his time. He is most enthusiastic about my book (I signed his copy) and is keen for me to get involved in the festival.

Chris acts as a master-of-ceremonies during the festival. Part of the festival includes interviews with well known actors/writers prior to the screening of a specific film. This year Chris will interview me about my book to an audience prior to screening the Roger Corman chiller Tales of Terror (1962). In addition to this questions and answer session, I’ll be doing my own talk during the festival.

In fact, Chris also invited me to take part in the Newcastle Book Festival (AKA Books on Tyne), which will take place in November. There’s even the possibility of an interview with BBC Radio Newcastle. Looks like its all happening.

Going back to Facebook, the creator of the North East horror fan page is trying to establish a local horror movie festival. Naturally I offered my services to this potentially thrilling event. Yes, looks like I’ll have my hands full pretty soon.

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