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The Event at The Pankhurst Centre

My book talk on March 2nd, at this very special place was a great thrill – it was a privilege to speaking in the Pankhursts’ home. Considering the evening traffic and parking difficulties there was a wonderful turnout, for which I was very grateful. Max, my husband did a great job with refreshments which included honey cake (as eaten in The Purple Rose) and amaretti (as eaten in Not in our Hands) but the real icing on the cake was the quick tour that Gail, of the Pankhurst Centre, gave to our guests. It set my talk in context , together with anecdotes told by another family member about Grandma, the real suffragette. It was the fist time that I found a real connection between my two novels: food and family ties.Thanks also go to Levenshulme radio, too, for their interview ‘plug’.

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Great News for 2017

On Thursday, March 2nd 2017, at 6.30, I am very lucky, as the granddaughter of a suffragette, to have been given space at The Pankhurst Centre, Nelson St Manchester, to talk about why and how I came to write The Purple Rose, my first novel. With a suffragette back story, the novel poses the question ‘Is a liberated woman ever really free?’

Entry is free. There will be refreshments and books on sale.

To be able to talk in that particular house is so special and it’s not that tricky to get to: Approach Grafton St from Upper Brook St; turn into it and left again to the NHS multi-storey car park, & you’ll see the Centre on the right, on Nelson St.

Please book by email:charlottegringras@gmail.com

A late summer awakening!

My novels and I have lain dormant for the summer, yet now, people have suddenly woken up and a few ‘speakers’ secretaries‘ have invited me to give a book talk to their groups . I’ve a few new catchy titles and I’m delighted to say that, among those invitations, Trafford Libraries are hosting me at Altrincham Library on October 5th. ‘Suffragettes and Spaghetti’ is their popular title choice, which forges links between the two novels. October is not as far off as it seems! Here’s to a sunny end to August.

Baking for Books

Made my best SFRATTI yet, yesterday, ready for my three approaching book talks, next week. To read about sfratti see: P91 in my 2nd novel Not in our Hands. Sfratti are rolls of pastry, baked, once filled with boiled honey and nuts, flavoured with orange peel and cinnamon. The recipe has been passed down from the 16th Century, devised by Jews living in the ghetto of PITIGLIANO (often called ‘Piccola Gerusalemme – Little Jerusalem). Sfratti means ‘evicted’. Why? Because the Jews of Rome were evicted by Papal representatives who banged on the homes of Jewish homes with wooden sticks, to tell them to leave their homes whence they were sent to live in ghettos like Pitigliano. This sweet pastry imitates a wooden stick and is often eaten at Rosh Hashanah, when sweet food is traditionally eaten.So from tragic to joyful. I was so so lucky to find them, freshly baked, in 2014, in  a shop in Pitigliano where the shopkeeper knew all about their origins.I found the recipe on a website. So I brought a 500 yr old recipe, back to life.Yum!

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I am soon hoping to have my details on a speakers’ website, offering book talks and others. It’s a free service run by one Dianne Mannering when you type in ‘Public Speakers’ List’ on google. I have found that talking to others about writing and my novels is a great way to reach my readership and create new ones.

Roll on, September

With the so-called summer fast disappearing, I’m gearing up for my autumn bookings, with some charity group bookings, a presentation at Leeds Day Limmud but first, on Wednesday September 9th, a return visit to Reading Matters in Derbyshire.

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I’ll be talking about ‘Not in our Hands’ of which copies will be available. Looking forward to seeing Lyndsey and Sue again, and hopefully meeting friends I made there, first time round – not least Lyndsey’s lovely Mum. (Hopefully, I’ll make some new friends as well.) So if you know Chapel en le Frith, why not join us at the shop at 7.30? There’s a £5 entry fee, which includes a warm welcome, tea and cake. Sorry the image doesn’t do justice to the delightful shop, with its homely interior.

September 9th Another book talk date!

Just been invited back to READING MATTERS, that lovely book shop in beautiful Chapel en le Frith. I daren’t call it my favourite bookshop, lest others are offended. Suffice it to say that Lyndsey and Sue’s welcome last time was enough to keep out the winter chill of the Derbyshire hills…but on SEPTEMBER 9th the weather should not be a problem. I’m calling my talk ‘From Lancashire to Tuscany, a writing journey’ which will of course give insight into ‘Not in our Hands’. I wonder whether any of the people I met there last time will be there again – but no matter, I love meeting any people who like reading. So put it down: 6pm Wednesday Sept 9th. See you there.