Saturday, 11 March 2017

Goodbye Yellow Brick Submarine

And don’t forget, the launch for my book The Life and Times of Algernon Swift is this Thursday (16 March) at the Arnolfini Bookshop in Bristol between 6 and 8pm. Please come along if you’re in the area!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Algernon Swift events in Bristol and Gloucestershire

Many thanks to everyone who came to my book signings of The Life and Times of Algernon Swift in Stroud Bookshop and The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop in Cheltenham.

Here are some more dates where I’ll be signing (and one for Miserable Malcolm, where I’ll just be sighing):

Saturday 4th March: Museum in the Park, Stroud. 
I’ll be at the Illustrator’s Fair (part of the Cheltenham Illustration Awards Show) along with other locally based illustrators including Hannah Shaw, Martha Lightfoot, Tom and Nimue Brown, Emma Evans and Helen Ambler. The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

Thursday 16th March: Arnolfini Bookshop, Bristol, 6-8pm. 
A Bristol launch for Algernon Swift, in the excellent Arnolfini Bookshop.
The Arnolfini Bookshop stocked my first hand-bound book of puns 16 years ago

and have stocked my Hawker’s Pot cards over the years, so it’s really lovely to have the Bristol launch for Algernon Swift at the bookshop.
I’ll be giving a reading from the book at this event.

For old times’ sake, here’s a joke from that first book which found its way (in a slightly different version) into Algernon Swift:

However, if everything is looking rosy, the bad news is that Miserable Malcolm makes his unwelcome return on

Saturday 18th March:
at Tetbury Goods Shed as part of “Love is in the Air”, an event to launch the newly refurbished Goods Shed, and featuring Sue Limb, Betsy Vriend, Peter Wyton, Nicola Clark and Malcolm 7pm £11
Details here.

Friday 7th April,
Waterstones, Bristol Galleries 7.00pm
I’ll be reading excerpts from Algernon Swift, alongside a roster of fine local poets. Further details here

Thursday 20th April,
Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, 8pm. 
[Unfortunately, this event has now been cancelled.]

Meanwhile, for those who resolutely don’t live in Gloucestershire or Bristol (or, indeed, do, but would rather just stay at home) I am working on a podcast of the book, which is slowly taking shape.
This will be a series of 5 minute podcasts, and is essentially an audio version of a graphic novel (which seems straightforward enough, doesn’t it?) I will be posting links as soon as the podcasts are available.

And, lastly, here’s a lovely review of the book from this month’s Cotswold Life:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

John Keats gets Stuck and the Suffolk Anthology Birthday Party

Meanwhile, Algernon, Reverend Hawker and Mavis have something to tell you:

I will be signing copies of The Life and Times of Algernon Swift at The Suffolk Anthology bookshop in Cheltenham on Saturday, 25th February, as part of its 2nd Birthday celebrations. There will also be free tea and coffee in case Algernon’s wit is too dry.

The Suffolk Anthology is at 17 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, GL50 2AE (and adjacent to the wonderfully-named Daffodil Street!) Hopefully see you there! 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Flowers, chocolates, puns ...

... are all anyone wants on Valentine’s Day.  

And the best thing about giving a book of puns (as Algernon says) is that if you can’t give it to your beloved, you can always give it to your shelf.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Life and Times of Algernon Swift is out today!

and, as you can see, Mavis and the Reverend Hawker have already got their copies.

As well as being an ordinary sensible sort of book that can be seen around town in a jacket, and which, when it takes its rest, does so under the covers, The Life and Times of Algernon Swift is also available as an e-book for one’s Kindle.

Hard as it is to imagine anyone as stalwartly stuck-in-the-mud, as retrospectively-fixated as Algernon engaging with the tidal wash of digital media, here he can be seen struggling to keep up to date with the technology:

Continuing this unwonted technological excursion, here I am (via BBC iplayer) talking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Nicky Price about the book, and also choosing some records and being unnecessarily pedantic about The Clash.
(3 weeks remaining to listen)
while here I am giving a brief introduction to the book on Head of Zeus’s YouTube channel (with some dancing girls in the background).

I’ll be also signing copies at Stroud Booskhop on 11th February from 11am, and at the Suffolk Anthology Bookshop in Cheltenham on 25th February, also from 11am.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Algernon Swift’s run-up ...

... promises to be shorter than Bob Willis’s. 
But, in case you are not on Twitter (@hawkerspot) or Instagram (@billjonesauthor), here are the cartoons from last week featuring Algernon and his surprise on discovering a book has been written about him.

And here is a tidy crowd of Algernons sitting in the Stroud Bookshop window ahead of a book signing on Saturday 11th February (11am).

More cartoons to come next week, featuring not only Algernon but his troubling beloved, Mavis,
Oh! Mavis!

 and the dependably unreliable Reverend Hawker ... 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Life and Times of Algernon Swift

My first book, The Life and Times of Algernon Swift, is being published on the 9th of February by Head of Zeus, and will be available from all good bookshops and online. It will also be available as an E-book.

In a lot of ways the child of this website, the book features an earnest young man named Algernon who finds himself pitted against the pitfalls and pratfalls of the English language.  

We follow his progress as he attempts to cope with his elderly relative, Reverend Hawker, a man with an exasperating inability to mean one thing at a time, as well as the exorbitant passion of the exquisite Mavis (a woman with X on her mind).

And here is a short excerpt from the book, thanks to Good OnPaper magazine’s website.

I will be signing copies of the book at Stroud Bookshop on Saturday the 11th of February from 11am.

I’ll also be on BBC Radio Gloucestershire from 3pm on 1st February talking to Nicky Price about the book.

Over the next few weeks I will be tweeting and instagramming regular cartoons in the lead-up to publication. Here’s an instagram cartoon to “whet” your appetite:

So, if you feel inclined, please pop over to Twitter (@hawkerspot) and Instagram (billjonesauthor) to find out what Algernon, Mavis and Reverend Hawker are making of it all.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Sunday, 18 September 2016

God Talks (Part 9)

* I mean, he’s just like some fertility god.
That’s not very original, is it?
He hasn’t even got any abstract qualities.
OK, I haven’t got any either, but I’m going to GET some soon ...
I’m not going to be a tribal deity all my life, I can tell you!
And, I mean, he’s like all “Come round to my house for a cultic orgy.”
I mean, yeah right, get over yourself ...


Don’t forget, Miserable Malcolm is performing at the Cheltenham Comedy Festival this Wednesday at The Strand at 8pm. More details here:

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Hawker's Pot Greetings Cards

My Hawker’s Pot greetings cards (including the one pictured) are now being stocked in various shops bookshops and cardshops in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire (for a full list see the updated “Physical Stockists of Hawker’s Pot Cards” to the right).

So if you’re passing one of these places, you may want to pop in and buy a card. If, however, you are not in one of these three Western counties, I really don’t know what to suggest.