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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 Yes, the collections of Deric's previously unpublished material seem to grow.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
Julie Trowsdale posts on 10/25/2014 8:40:36 AM Hi all. Just discovered that Deric's Radio Times Vol 4 is now available for download on Kindle. Off now for a cup of tea and some laughs and tears with Deric. x
helen posts on 9/6/2014 5:25:54 PM I have not been on here since the bad news. Like others said it was like losing a dear friend who opened his heart and life to us all in his looks. I still state the broccoli on the mantelpiece story, I cried laughing at that! I have been in the areas mentioned in his early books, I see sign posts and stories pop in my head we the places in question I even quoted from one of his books tonight. I think i have read them so much i can almost quote word for word Hearing from Annie is great, a connection to the great Deric. I wish i had gone to one of his talks, my mum and Nan raved about them. Love to his family.
Jan Tenzer posts on 8/26/2014 10:31:53 AM Happy belated birthday Diana, and hope your ribs are on the mend very soon. Love to you and all my friends here. Jan
Diana posts on 8/26/2014 4:28:28 AM Hello Everyone. I had my Big 7-Oh! birthday at the beginning of August ... and I got a Kindle! The first thing I did was to download all Deric's work that can only be read via this method, and I'm loving it. Thank you so much, Annie for doing this. The only snag is since then, I have to rest as I've strained a ligament in my ribs. Resting is ok - but it hurts when I laugh - and I'm laughing a lot with Deric! He still lives on in all our hearts. Hope everyone else is keeping well. Love to all, especially Deric's family. Diana, Southampton xx
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