Roving Romanic: Laura Visits Sandworld.
Weymouth Sea front
Ever since I can remember, Weymouth’s had a sand sculptor producing beautiful works of art on the beach, and for the last four years, Sandworld has developed an off-beach site too, where it can create and keep the sculptures in a secure and welcoming environment for the summer season.
On Saturday 5th April 2014, authors with connections to Weymouth, Kathy Sharp, Kate Kelly, Carol Hunt, Kit Berry and I, gathered for the Grand Opening of Sandworld’s theme for the 2014 season, Literally in Sand. We spent a wonderful day in an area we affectionately called Author’s Corner, enjoying the hospitality of our lovely hosts, and the chatter with those who came to view the incredible sand sculptures and take a look at our books.
Laura E James, Carol Hunt, Kit Berry, Kate Kelly and Kathy Sharp
I gave my first-ever reading – an extract from Truth or Dare?, and aware there would be children at the venue, I opted for a family-friendly section. It was quite a challenge finding a passage that wasn’t dark, gritty, or containing too much dialogue, which I figured would be more difficult to follow as a listener. I chose a scene near the beginning of the novel, and including my introduction, spoke for ten minutes.
As someone who has been known to take the stage for a song, it was great to be performing once more.
It was an excellent event, and we hope to return in the summer and do it all again.
Here are a few teaser photos to illustrate the sheer brilliance of the international band of sand sculptors who’ve worked on Literally in Sand.
Can you name the books?
I recommend a trip to Weymouth to see these, and more, in all their glory.
Thank you Sandworld for the fab day, beautiful art, and friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
I will see you soon.