Saturday, May 02, 2009
Book launch- Craig-y-nos Castle
Dr Carole Reeves ( left) and Ann Shaw in the Glass Conservatory the day before the book launch.
Our 200 books sold out within 2 hours! Clive Rowlands opened it at noon . He told the story of his time as boy on the balcony and how he kicked a rugby wall straight throw the French windows and got put in a straitjacket .
Cynthia Mullane of The Sleeping Giant introduced Carol and myself. The Sleeping Giant filmed the event. Lots of people took photos including my friend Karen Howerd from Scotland. Angela ( my neice) and her husband Roger sold the books while Carole Reeves and I signed them.
Caroline Boyce, (nee Havard) ex patient returning for the first time in 50 years had travelled from Scotland with her husband Paul and they helped at the launch by giving people name badges.
BBC journalist Geoff Ballinger interviewed many ex patients including Nurse Glenys Davies who was looking very well.
Barbara Pye now in her 80th year was there with two friends who used to visit her when she was in Craigynos as a young woman in 1947. Barbara was among the first in Britain to receive streptomycin.
It was also the first time back for Pamela Hamer and in my
introduction I told the story how she woke up one night on the balcony to find a rat I'm her bed!
Will post photos on blog on return to Scotland.
Says Carole: " We could have sold another 100 easily."
Don't worry if you didnt get a copy on the day. This is print-on-demand so we will never run out except for a few days.
Many people asked to be put on a list and we will contact you.
Meanwhile you can always get the book from Amazon.co.uk
or ask your local bookshop to order it for you. Price £9.99