Monday, 21 June 2010

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Friday, 18 June 2010


My publishers, The Orion Publishing Group, and Hotel du Vin/Malmaison hotel are delighted to announce their collaboration on a “Writers in Residence” project that will run from July through to November 2010.
I am absolutely thrilled to be kicking off the initiative, and will be writer in residence as follows:

  • 19/20 July Hotel du Vin Poole (UK)

  • 21/22 July Hotel du Vin, Brighton (UK)
I’ll be Twittering about my experience, and writing a short story inspired by my visit – if I can manage to drag myself out of the wonderful Egyptian cotton sheets or the infamous HdV baths!
I remember going to the first Hotel du Vin when it opened in Winchester: I was enchanted, and have remained a huge fan ever since. We both strive for a similar style – quintessentially English escapism with a touch of wit – so I think it will be a very productive collaboration, and the perfect environment to find inspiration.
My fellow Orion authors Katie Agnew and RJ Ellory will be following suit (or should that be suite) later in the year, and are both very entertaining as well as being wonderful writers. For more information, read press release

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The Beach Hut
by Veronica Henry
Published by Orion 22nd July 2010
The Beach Hut follows the stories of the people who own the beach huts on Everdene sands, families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out of – love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them… Veronica Henry has brilliantly drawn together the comings and goings of life over one long, hot, lazy summer…
This video inspired one of my stories.

Veronica Henry writes articles for The Daily Mail – here’s a link to an article she wrote about becoming invisible at 40.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Peter Bright - Exhibition

Topiary for Beginners
Address: Broomhill Art Hotel, Barnstaple,
Devon, EX31 4EX
Telephone: 01271 850262
Access: Good
Category: Visual Arts & Literature Starts: Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Ends: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Painting for exhibition
Painting for Broomhill exhibition, 55" x 55" oil on canvas

‘Walk Away or Jump’

Inspired by a cliff walk with one of Robert Rauschenberg’s assistants in 1979. During 1979 I was in a band called 'The Urge', who were discovered by an A&R man from Beggars Banquet Records, who saw us play at my degree show at Exeter College of Art. We ended up supporting 'Bauhaus', 'Adam and the Ants', 'The Pack' and many other Post Punk heroes. We were offered a record contract and the A&R man became our manager and Rauschenberg’s former assistant also became an important member of our team.

I lived near Exmouth and often walked across the beach and along the cliffs - this time I was accompanied by Rauschenberg’s assistant who had been staying with me. At the highest point he confessed his love for me, which was a bit of a shock and I replied 'I'm sorry but I prefer women". The implications of this encounter still roll around in my brain. ‘Walk Away or Jump’. This was possibly one of the major turning points in my life – what did I turn down? Fame, fortune?

Robert Rauschenberg was a massive influence on my painting, printing and music. Images (and sounds) that are arbitrarily spliced together in an apparent random manner will, when juxtaposed against each other, create a narrative. This meshing together of unrelated imagery may appear to be arbitrary but the intellectual decision making that goes with the process is absolutely phenomenal. It is therefore unrealistic to expect the uneducated masses to view these images as ‘real art’. The birth of Photoshop has enabled everybody to create ‘non-intellectual’ versions of Rauchenberg (and Warhol) – only the educated truly understand.

West Buckland Festival 2010

'The Gallery' 2010
Drawing  above by Peter Bright

During the festival
The Gallery exhibition will enable visitors to view and in some cases buy works of art by local Devon artists. The Gallery will be in St Peter's Church, West Buckland and will be open during the festival period.
The aim of the The Gallery exhibition is to enable and promote selected, amateur and professional artist living within the dispersed communities of North Devon and beyond. Past exhibitions have received critical acclaim and have been remarkably successful for artists and visitors. Diversity has been the success of these exhibitions, with entries ranging from textiles, painting, carving, printmaking and ceramics etc.

The objects in this exhibition have been selected by Peter Bright. A full list of exhibiting artists will be published as soon as possible.

West Buckland Festival is a festival of music, entertainment and leisure, held in a small village on the edge of Exmoor. This year's festival featured more than a dozen events between 9th and 12th September 2010.