Crow and cat get their own book

Dahlia’s Pet Detectives (Dalia si micii detectivi) will be in the spotlight at the end of next week (Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) when my new book is launched at Bucuresti’s Bookfest (Romexpo).

It’s my third children’s book published by Booklet Fiction, and the second set in the village of Hay, which looks amazingly like Magura…

If you read Floss the lost puppy, you’ll recognise the village of Fân (Hay) where Dahlia and Chip are neighbours and schoolmates of Thea and Tudor Thimble. A completely new story, but set in the same Transylvanian village, high up in the Carpathian Mountains.

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I have a Pinterest board devoted to pictures of cats like Onyx, and crows like Gossip. So you can see what Dahlia’s friends look like as you read their adventures…

I’ll be waiting to meet you on the Booklet Fiction stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at midday, ready to sign your copies. Come and say hello!

Read more about Dahlia and her friends here!

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See you in Iasi…

Exciting… I’m finally getting up to Iasi …

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With Editura All, I’m launching the book at 11.00 hrs on Saturday morning, 13th May at the book fair, so I hope I’ll see you there.

I’ll be in the city from Friday evening till Sunday morning and look forward to exploring a little. Pe curând!

Missing from my own launch?

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So here’s the thing. Winter has arrived with a vengeance, and exacts a steep price for living on the edge of a village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathians. Snow – lots of it. Makes getting out (and back) quite tricky at times. Even impossible.

So here’s the thing. we’re launching the book in Brasov next Friday, 16th December. But will I be there? Ask the weather forecasters. Once I can get down to Zarnesti there’ll be no problem… but it’s the track  from my house to what we call ‘the main road’ (see picture) and then the road down through the forest, dropping 500 metres through 12 sharp turns until the road flattens out and takes me out of the national park to Zarnesti and asphalt roads.

So here’s the thing. Getting down is easy, compared to getting back.

What do you think? Reckon I’ll turn up to the launch of my own book? Come along to Okian bookshop in Brasov at 1800 hrs on the 16th, and watch the door. With a bit of luck, I’ll see you there!

Double or quits

greg-helm-in-two-books-1-of-1Greg Helm appears in two books launched on 19th November – mine, and Nigel Shakespear’s book Stabilit in Romania. Greg doesn’t look overly impressed… But he’s a cool character.

Next project is to persuade him to write his own book. He has more outrageous stories than anyone I can think of – but he says he’d have to censor a lot of them pretty hard before they could go into print…

All-night readers give instant reviews

Two readers from Ploiesti couldn’t wait to read the books they bought on Saturday night and sat up half the night unable to put their books down. (What music for an author’s ears!).

Manuela said: “Arabella, I had a ‘white’ night last night. I couldn’t take my hands off your book. It made me laugh, it made me cry or both at the same time. Regardless of what this country has been giving you, I am sure I speak on behalf of all of your Romanian friends when saying: “Thank you for what YOU give us.”

And Ionela said: “I read it already! I love it! O carte minunata,scrisa cu dragoste si sensibilitate.”

Read more reviews here.

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TEDx and Vocea offer evidence

A couple of stories have appeared today, in the TEDx Brasov magazine (which has a link to my TEDx talk in May) and Vocea.biz. Thanks to Tibi Ruczui, Ioana Niculescu and Miruna Tudor.

This piece follows on from my TEDx talk in May, about creativity, imagination and innovation.  “Imaginaţie, creativitate, inovaţie. Toate reprezintă acelaşi lucru, corect? 
În realitate, de fapt, sunt trei lucruri total diferite.” Astfel şi-a început Arabella, englezoaică de provenienţă, discursul….  Read more 

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A piece in today’s Vocea.biz, about the launch on Saturday. “Cu o pălărie mare tip joben și o pană prinsă chiar pe mijloc, Arabella McIntyre-Brown atrage imediat privirile publicului care s-a adunat la târgul de carte Gaudeamus ce are loc în acest weekend la Romexpo în București. „Din Liverpool în Carpați”, cartea pe care o lansează astăzi, este despre viața pe care o trăiește într-un sat din inima Transilvaniei, Măgura, despre oamenii de acolo, despre animalele din sat, despre natură și despre liniștea sufletească pe care Arabella a găsit-o aici, în România, unde dorește să rămână….” Read more

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Photo: Ioana Niculescu

 

A savoury little bomb of taste

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Apple & ginger chutney, home-made in Magura

Come and try a tiny taste bomb of Romanian mountain cheese and homemade apple & ginger chutney, with one of Rachel Sargent’s freshly made cheese scones and a sip of Alan Clark’s cider – just for you when you come to my book launch on Saturday. A classic British treat with a Romanian twist – a bit like the book, really…

Look, look – book’s here!

Book Din Liverpool in Carpati against snowy landscape

Monochrome setting, colourful book

The book, with half the number of authorial hands that typed it. Of the individuals on the cover, the bear is behind a tree on the left; the sheep are huddled just behind the book, the horse is in her stable, birds are fluffed up on their perches, dog’s in his kennel, and cats are all snuggled up in their beds by the fire in my study. I’m the fool with her hand out of the window…

Shakespear joins me in the limelight at Gaudeamus

stabilit_in_romania-c1-420x600I’m delighted to tell you that my compatriot, fellow writer Nigel Shakespear, is also launching his book at Gaudeamus on 19th November.

As you can see from the cover design, which has the same style as mine, Nigel’s book is part of Editura All’s new series revealing Romania through foreign eyes. Nigel’s book was originally published in English, as Times New Romanian (great title) and will now reach Romanian readers as Stabilit în România: unde orice e posibil, totul e imposibil si nimic nu e ceea ce pare a fi

Nigel’s launch is at 7pm (1900 hrs), so you’ll have plenty of time to buy your copies of my book and get me to sign them before Nigel’s event.

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Book launch – the date for your diary

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Din Liverpool în Carpati will be launched on Saturday 19 November at the Gaudeamus Book Fair in Bucharest. The time and date to be there is 1700 hrs (5pm) on Saturday, 19 November. Look for the Editura ALL stand on the ground floor – you should see this book cover, and me in my hat.

I’ll be there all day on Saturday, looking forward to meeting you and very happy to sign as many copies of the book as you like. Don’t forget – it’ll make a great Christmas present for anyone who loves Romania.