Homecoming: what's the distance between Paddy and Forfar?

Writer Kenneth Paul Stephen will talk at Forfar Gala Week.

The closeness of the village of Padanaram to Forfar has earned me a surprise speaking slot at Forfar Gala Week this weekend (25th June) so, if you’re into the heckling, fill yer boots!

I’ve lost count the number of times that coming from ‘Paddy’ has given me life’s edge and I’ve gratefully scraped into this event by about 2.4 miles, according to AA route planner!

‘Authors who have a connection to Forfar’ was the Facebook post accompanying the flyer for the Book Festival on Saturday. Clearly, I've just nudged in.

Writer Kenneth Paul Stephen will talk at Forfar Gala Week

Sometimes, when walking that road home of an evening, I find that if you sway from one side of the single track road to the other (intersected only by the by-pass flyover) it adds about a mile and a half. This additional walking, I have also found, can sometimes be involuntary. It’s a good job the fields have decent fences.

I would have some grounds to contest the realtime distance between Paddy and Forfar, therefore, but I’ll pipe down. The AA have got expensive precision satellites and my calculations (judged by lamp-post to cat’s eye… or ‘just about in line with the trees’) may be considered less credible.

I’ll be at the East and Old Parish Church (main sanctuary) at 11.30 am on Saturday 25th June, reading from my books: ‘Sheep and other Stories’ and ‘My Life Through Colin and other stories’. There will also be some time set aside for random heckling (Q and A). You can buy the books below (for an absolute pittance).

Sheep and other stories: 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sheep-Other-Stories-Forgotten-Mini-reads-ebook/dp/B00LNM8X6C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405370440&sr=1-1&keywords=sheep+and+other+stories

My Life Through Colin and other stories: 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Through-Colin-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00NLNWJKM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410896631&sr=1-1&keywords=my+life+through+colin

Proper writers will be there, too, and I am sure it will be a great day, organised by really good people.

Writer Kenneth Paul Stephen will talk at Forfar Gala Week

I had a look through the Facebook page for the Gala week (past and present) and folk are genuinely doing great things so others can enjoy themselves. They’re raising money for important stuff like the Xmas tree lights as well. Power to their elbow. Get that coinage in the bucket.

There’s nothing worse being a kid when your town is in eternal darkness while the other towns have got fancy sleigh shaped light motifs and swanky bulbs that go on and off and stuff while you’re stuck in the equivalent of coastal Siberia. 

In recent years, I note people have done things like dress as human Bridies. Why not? More of that, I say. I also think more people should dress as llamas but that is for another day. I’ve screen-shotted a few of my fave pics from past events and look forward to seeing people on Saturday. (sorry if I've breached any copyrights).

Writer Kenneth Paul Stephen will talk at Forfar Gala Week