I was very fortunate to be entertained to lunch by The Oxford Writers' Group whilst in their manor recently and my thanks to Mary Cavanagh yet again for organising that and for inviting Colin Dexter along too.Marvellous to meet the creator of Morse along with
a delightful group of hardworking writers who are all beavering away doing something they love and providing fantastic peer-group support for each other in the process. We chatted and ate and drank and it was all most pleasurable.
The group have recently published The Sixpenny Debt, an anthology of short stories,
'that sweep across town, gown and countryside. Featuring everything from love, lust, loss and death to tortosie and Tchaikovsky and enthral all those who have a passion for Oxford.'
I've dipped in and read several and have never laughed so much as I did over Jane Gordon Cumming's Education in Action. It is truly wry and hilarious look at adult education and never can it be said has a pair of sandals ever let a body down quite so drastically.
' Dulcie was the scourge of the evening class. Which one? No, I don't mean any class in particular. Dulcie was the scourge of the Evening Class, generic. And I use the term loosely, to include day-time classes, weekend courses, summer schools - Dulcie was the scourge of the lot.'
You'll have to read for yourself to discover quite how a pair of sandals can let you down and plenty more in here to enjoy. This little book has been the best-selling non-discounted book in Waterstone's in Oxford and is a treasure for all lovers of the city. For once I had gone prepared and my thanks to all those present who signed my spare copy of The Sixpenny Debt to give to a lucky reader here who would like it.
Names in comments, draw to follow.