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Marilyn Copeland posts on 2/6/2015 12:11:00 PM Thanks for keeping us updated Annie. We are always eager to hear of any new publishings and news of Aileen and yourself and families. Regards Marilyn x
helen posts on 2/6/2015 10:29:24 AM She looked amazing and brought Deric back to life in her words. Wish i had known she was in Swanwick then, so was i and would have loved to hear her talk. I hope it gives her pride and comfort to know she was married to a well loved and best comic writer i know. Still can't find out if the cake shop, Henstocks in clay cross was the one in Lost for words! Would love to know. Living in Chesterfield now brings back so many stories Deric told about the area, I think some people think I'm daft in the head when i burst out laughing for no obvious reason. Love to all his family.
Annie Q posts on 2/6/2015 3:34:52 AM I took the video! Mum looks amazing and is such an inspiration to all writers at all levels. She awarded the Deric Longden Memorial Prize to a worthy winner, a full time carer and budding writer. I'll keep you posted to new material we have still to publish from Deric's early broadcasting days as eBooks.

Jan Tenzer posts on 2/5/2015 10:42:53 AM Thank you so much Goldilocks. I found it on Youtube. And yes Aileen, Deric "will be a legend for a long time because of the love and warmth in his writing." Love to all who post here. Jan
martin posts on 2/5/2015 9:46:25 AM Thanks for the heads up, Goldilocks. I never have the time to go to Swanwick. It was lovely to see and hear Aileen again.
Goldilocks posts on 2/5/2015 2:07:18 AM I have just received my newsletter from Bibliophile Books and it includes a video of Aileen giving a speech at the Swanwick Writers' School and presenting the Deric Longden Memorial Award. (Many thanks to whoever recorded this.) Aileen talks eloquently about her writing and about Deric, and it was a joy to watch. I think you could probably find the video online if you search on something like "Aileen Armitage Swanwick Writers".
Conny posts on 11/3/2014 3:13:29 AM Hi to all of you, so good to see some posts here! The kindle news is great, thank you so much! Aileen must be such a remarkable woman... As many of you, I keep on re-reading Deric's books and as always it's like visiting old friends. Living over here in Germany, I do wish I could sometimes go and see all those 'famous places' with my own eyes - all those towns and streets seem already so familiar to me. Maybe some of us could meet one of those days and get on a 'Deric memorial trail'. I can almost see Deric shaking his head in disbelief... smile... Love to all of you, especially Deric's family, Conny
helen posts on 10/30/2014 4:45:59 AM After reading the books so many times i know them off by heart. I just moved and saw a cake shop called Henstocks and realised his mum got her cakes from a shop with that name. It's only a few miles from her house. Does anyone know if Henstocks was in clay cross? The shop sign looks very old. Everywhere i look in Chesterfield reminds me of a part of the first two books. His books made up all feel like we knew Derics mum.
Annie Q posts on 10/27/2014 4:35:01 AM Thank you Julie! Yes, the collections of Deric's previously unpublished material seem to grow. More soon on his Sporting Life! My mother Aileen gave a most moving speech for a whole hour last month at Swanwick Writers Summer School where she met Deric and they fel in love. It was to award his Memorial Prize to a care/writer and it was all very wonderful.
julia Aldred posts on 10/25/2014 9:36:26 AM Hiya! Thanks for the update on the Kindle books. I will make that a number 1 priority to get them tonight. Happy times :) I hope every one of Deric's friends on here and elsewhere are well. I miss the 'chats' on the forum and Deric's input. Best wishes to you all and of course Deric's family xx
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