My new Brighton novel will be launched at Brighton’s Have A Word in March

My new novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames is now officially published and generally available from online sites as well as bookstores and it’s now time to announce the book’s Brighton launch which will take place on Thursday, 2nd March at the splendid Have A Word event, brain child of the enthusiastic and energetic host, Ellis Collins. As Blue Notes, Still Frames is the second in my series of Brighton-themed novels, it’s seems right to give it a grand Brighton send off so i’m delighted to be reading in my home town with my good friends and fellow novelists, VG Lee and Allie Rogers. Music is an important theme in the novel so it is doubly appropriate that Brighton band Octopuses will be there too, playing music from their current album, Yes Please,  and, I’m told, songs from their projected new album too. As Octopuses is my son Adam Bell’s band this will make the show a family affair.

Tickets go on sale today at 

Family too is VG Lee, or so it seems, as her work is published by Ward Wood Publishing, as are both my novels.  My good friend VG Lee, is also a Sussex writer, and her novels are both wonderfully funny and powerfully poignant. Her latest, Mr Oliver’s Object of Desire came off the Ward Wood production line just ahead of mine. It’s a great and entertaining work and VG Lee is a terrific performer, so her reading will be terrific, I know.

I’m really happy too that the other reader on the night will be another of my friends, fellow Brighton novelist, the highly talented Allie Rogers who will be reading from her debut novel, Little Gold, due to be published by Legend Press in May this year.

To put you into the mood, take a listen to Octopuses’ latest single, Not The Bees, now officially endorsed by Caroline Lucas and the Green Party. They are great, believe me, hear it for yourself:

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