The Story So Far.... November 2016

Hello folks and a very warm welcome to our “occasional” monthly blog for the book “Newcastle Old and New the story so far…” – I continue to be overwhelmed with the response to the book as sales have exceeded another milestone of “100” sales YEESS! A major personal achievement in many ways not least that it only when on sale – and that was only to network events and via social media!! We have a very busy Christmas season ahead of us with some really significant events lined up... I will start with a very special invitation to the Newcastle City Library to conduct a talk on “dyslexia and me and the path to the book launch”. Anyone who knows me will understand my massive excitement!!!

“Book on Tyne” talk City Library 25th of November 2016

I am regarding this as the "official" book launch of the Newcastle Old and New the story so far... the monumental achievement of publishing a book born out of a 38 year ambition written originally as a school project when teachers told me I would amount to nothing - but unbeknown to all I was struggling with dyslexia.. The Newcastle City Library has kindly invited me to talk within their "Books on Tyne" festival which goes from the 21st to the 27th of November 2016 with a wide variety of “authors” including me!!

I will be on at 3pm on the 25th of November 2016 in the Bewick Suite talking about my struggles with dyslexia and the challenges encountered to finally getting my book published. This is a free ticket event via Eventbrite, please follow the link to;

Incidentally I will have books with me if you are interested in “signed” Christmas pressies???? [Leanne pls give me some xmas icons, ta]

Christmas Fayres and events lined up…

St James Park Christmas Fayre: At the one and only footie ground at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday the 12th of November 2016, 10am to 5pm. We are in the Platinum Suite, we are only there on the Saturday so come and search us out – sweets and a warm welcome awaits! It is proving to be very popular with stalls and events and should quite something? It is also on Sunday the 13th of November too… There is a small entrance fee but I believe it is cheaper on-line, so follow the link for more info;

Newcastle City Library “Books on Tyne”: This is mentioned above, we have been so busy that I haven’t had the time to organise a “full on” book launch but the Newcastle City Library has invited me to take part in its book festival on Friday the 25th of November at 3pm – sooo this is as good a place as any to “officially” launch the book before Christmas don’t you think? I will be on at 3pm. Come and see a very proud man simply burst with enthusiasm!! Rotary Club Christmas Fair: I have a table booked again at the Christmas Fair on Saturday the 3rd of December 2016 11am to 3pm, even though the weather was terrible last year it was busy. It is at the Ponteland Community High School, Callerton Lane, Ponteland. NE20 9EY

Incidentally I am on the committee with the Rotary club in Ponteland and we still have tables available if anyone is interested please send me a personal email asap... West Denton Christmas Fair: On Sunday the 4th of December 2016 we will be at the West Denton Christmas Fair at West Denton Community Centre, Hillhead Road, West Denton from 1pm to 4pm.

And Finally;

SOOOO, if you are interested in local history or have a relative or friends who are love Newcastle this book is proving to be very different from the normal “local interest” books as it has “Old and New” stories [hence the title], poems and funny stories in a bright, light coloured [and large print package] then this is for you or to buy for Christmas… it is available on line via the website at the special price of £20.00 + £5.00 P&P via PayPal taking most credit and debit cards. Go to;

It also on sale at the book store TG Allen’s in Morpeth, Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information and the Newcastle City Library.

Finally if there is any more information I can give about the book, ways to purchase, talks etc please contact me via email me on or phone me direct via 07865 923716, or even below via facebook, twitter and LinkedIn addresses below, naturally I would be more than happy to help..

Ta ta for now, Have a great day, a great week and a fab month!!

Yours Mike and Alison McCoy

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