As well as writing #novels and short #stories, Mike is an accomplished #pianist, singer and songwriter, creating musical drama for stage and radio.
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I came across this postcard at the weekend from Daphne du Maurier. This was prior to our meet up in 1978 and I did indeed call and she was not away. The sheer joy of spending several hours with the great lady comes flooding back. At Christmas, I raise a glass of Croft Original to you, although the bottle was empty when I left you , the journey back to my hotel that September evening a blur. #DaphneduMaurier
Today I say a massive thank you to the cast and crew at Walt Disney World who contributed to our magical stay earlier this year. The art of storytelling craft was never better done than by Walt, the weaving of atmospheric webs is something that I aspire to and yearn for my readers to experience in my books. When the Kevrinek series makes it on to TV, magic will be woven. I know Jon Penryn is dying to take Iso to Florida – not sure she’s ready for that yet. Happy Christmas WDW.
May the joy and wonder that should be found at Christmas be something we can discover and practice in our lives all the time. Through my books I seek to engage with those who believe a better world is possible so that together we can look to overcome the negativity and fear that are the cancer of life. I don’t profess to have answers just expectation, and surely there must be a better way to organise our lives so that there is a bright light on the horizon towards which we move as one. Let’s take the journey together, 2019 can be special.
Her comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say
It’s all right
As the passage fell away, so the sound of rushing water grew louder and it was clear that the stream had risen considerably so that the area beneath the hole, their escape route, was now underwater......
JON DRAGGED HER AWAY BODILY, IGNORING THE PLEA TO LOOK FURTHER....
So, where do we find Kevrinek? Remember, it’s a secret place and therefore it can be located wherever you wish it to be. By its very nature, it has to be on the north coast of Cornwall, not too far from St Agnes, exposed to the might of the Atlantic, the ‘Clanging caverns’ of Mallory ever present.
Yet elements drift in from all over the Duchy. It would be wonderful, as I share Christmas with Jon at Chy Nans, if you could let me know where your secret place, your Kevrinek can be found. Wherever it is, I wish you peace. And I hope you find music there. I do, all the time.
Caerhays stands majestically above Porthluney Cove, agonisingly beautiful, pivotal in Book 3 Kingdom of the South. The stretch of coast round to Portholland in the west figures extensively in the stories, The Penkevil Connection having roots close by as you will discover in Book 4. A moonlit night on the beach, a driftwood fire and the start of an all-consuming romance is to be found in my favourite section of Book 3. Enjoy.
THE PRIOR KNELT AT THE ALTAR, THE CANDLES SLOWLY BURNING DOWN.......
Truro will always be dear to my heart as the most beautiful of cities, the atmosphere surging into my thoughts as I write. It is a pivotal place in the books as the setting in which many of my characters interact. It is here Jon is reunited with Kerensa, none to happily, here that Jon meets Iso for the first time, finds Taffy, the Welsh rocker and spends meaningful times with Andy, his mentor and friend. 🎄 Happy Christmas Truro, I’ll be down to see you again soon at Truro, Cornwall
Rocky Valley, in my thoughts as one element of Kevrinek, is to be found up the coast from where I fancy Chy Nans and the cove in the books is located. Not so much an inlet, more a staircase from the ocean, there is a ceaseless sound of water, the full surge of the Atlantic a torrent from the valley. St Nectan’s Glen further up is mysterious and quiet, all that Rocky Valley is not. Summer of 1974 saw the lovely Gilly and I here, our initials scratched on the rocks, no doubt now eroded by the waves. ....The spirit of Kevrinek lives here.
Always enjoyed my regular Sunday evening gig at the Headland Hotel in Newquay. Thinking of all the lovely people I had the pleasure to sing to and with.
I could try out different songs, a whole new repertoire, and they seemed to like them all. Often had to play on way beyond finishing time.
Great setting, happy times...... at The Headland Hotel and Spa
Heady days with my band The Midnight Set in the late sixties. A bunch of the best musicians you could imagine. Great memories of gigs we played together. We lost contact for many years but I’m thrilled to be in touch now with bass man Dave LeSueur, and the king of the sax, Arthur Stagg. And we’re still rockin’-que sera!!! A year after we parted, I was singing in Cornwall. I owe you guys a lot, have a great Christmas. L to R Arthur Den Me Dave Geoff Ken
Today I’m with my old friend Doug. We travelled to Cornwall in 1971 with guitars and little else, sang some local clubs in the far west and spent Christmas day on the beach at Sennen Cove, deciding on a swim and nearly getting swept out to sea. One of the best guitarists I have had the pleasure of working with, a great guy who could sink three pints to my one and sadly no longer with us. We wrote this together after the Isle of Wight concert. I’ll play it for us later.
In the fresh days of beauty, I first saw you smiling
Your hair like a cloak hung in golden strands was
Lying round your head like a halo on the rug where we reclined
Don’t be sad little friend just be free
Christmas good wishes and a warm thank you to those who have joined me on the journey through Kevrinek this year and also to the many who have dipped their toes in and are still preparing to come on board. Explore the website, it’s fun and there’s load to enjoy and discover.
Jon Penryn says Happy Christmas from Cornwall and wants me to remind you that things really take off in Book 3, out now with Book 4 just weeks away. Leave details on the site and I’ll give you the heads up on release date. You can get 1 and 2 FREE on the site. 🎄 Have a great Christmas🎄
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Jon and Iso exchanged smiles and glances through the song, both turning to where Kerensa was sitting with her friends as the chorus hit the punch line then exploded into another unaccompanied section. ........And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with
Love the one you’re with
Book 3 Kingdom of the South. Gig at the Wreckers.
Brown Willy, the highest point on the moor, just a little higher than where they were sitting, sat away to their left and Jon knew Jamaica Inn, etched into history forever by Daphne du Maurier’s book of the same name, could be found beyond that. Thinking of the book, he fancied he could see the top of Altarnun Church, where the Rev Davy, vicar of the parish and one of the ‘baddies’ in the novel had resided.
Book 3 Kingdom of the South.
‘Jon’s probably adapted it to suit Iso. He’s done that with some of the CSN songs too. Yes, her voice has character hasn’t it, bit of a break on certain phrases, very appealing. Listen underneath though, Jon’s pinning the whole thing together.
Now of course, you get the guitar solo, young Danny will wring it dry.’ Sure enough, Danny hit the solo and it cut through cleanly and crisply.
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