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Video of Appearance at Kit Lovelace’s Romantic Misadventure

| Events, Videos of Angela, Writing

BwIJGUoCYAA8cmDHere is a very NSFW (or anyone who is easily offened) video of me turning a reading from my memoir Confessions of a Fashionista into a drinking-game-come-pantomime at Kit Lovelace’s Romantic Misadventure. You may need to turn the sound right up as someone (mentioning no names*) put their finger over the mic. And be warned as it was dark and lighting was very blue, and I was wearing cream so I resemble a fat Princess Leia R2 D2 hologram message:

*Thank you to Claire McGowan for technical assistance, advice, and general smarts. You can see Claire’s own hilarious performance at Romantic Misadventure here and find out more about her books, events and general wonderness here.

You can find the charming and super LOLZ Kit Lovelace on twitter here.

 

 

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Books Are My Bag Launch Party

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I love books. And I love bookshops. When I’m stressed, when I’m sad, when I’ve got writers’ block, I head to a bookshop and I breathe. Then I buy as many tomes as I can carry. But it seems I’m a dying breed. Books, and the shops selling them, are under threat. Hence I found myself at the star-studded launch of the nationwide movement to champion bookstores – Books Are My Bag – masterminded by Maurice Saatchi.

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Kathy Lette and I *screams*.

Showing their support were, among others, Rachel Johnson, Sebastian Faulks and Kathy Lette – who I threw myself at in a wine fuelled fangirl move. It was a perfect meet your heros moment: Lette was warm and friendly, her razor sharp wit matched only by her razor sharp style. Megaswoons.

Then things got serious with the speeches. Stepping up to the podium to speak in favour of the written word were Patrick Neale, President of The Booksellers Association and bookshop owner, Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House, and Lord Maurice Saatchi, of the M&C Saatchi.

Neale opened by telling the audience that, in the last ten years bookshops have been closing in the UK at the rate of one a week. Rebuck asserted bookshops are of great social importance and the lifeblood of our culture. Saatchi explained the iconic Books Are My Bag bags are to be human shields against the destruction of the bookshops. A bag carrying army of 100,000 book lovers will become walking adverts to the joy of books. I hope, down to my bones, it works.

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Gail Rebuck delivers an impassioned pro-bookshop speech. 

Much as this was a joyous and entertaining event to attend, it had an important message at its heart. Saatchi put it best when he quoted his late wife, author Josephine Hart, “Reading was a route map through life.” We all need a little guidance now and then. Books offer us so much more than simply paper and ink. Let’s not let them disappear from our nation’s landscape. Get yourself down a bookshop – it’ll change your life (and theirs).

Further details about the Books Are My Bag campaign, including how you can get involved, can be found here.

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