Keeping Up (Public) Appearances

London

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This spring season I’ll be at the London Metropolitan Archive in Clerkenwell on Friday 11th April, then to the former oyster village turned London-on-Sea, Whitstable, for their first literary festival, WhitLit, on May 10th, then heading to Bristol for Crimefest over the weekend of May 17/18th, and in Waterstones Piccadilly for ‘OxCrimes’, the Oxfam book edited by Mark Billingham, on May 20th. After that I’ll hopefully be heading to Manchester.

Shown above are Whitstable’s peculiar sea-forts, left over from WWII – they were build in the sea to spot Germans arriving in the Thames Estuary.

4 comments on “Keeping Up (Public) Appearances”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    Really?
    They look like something left over from George Pal’s War of the Worlds.

  2. Tanya says:

    There’s a Star Wars scene I am reminded of…

  3. pheeny says:

    One of them up the way from Whitstable is an independent principality or micronation!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand

  4. Helen Martin says:

    Yes, we saw them on “Coast” and they *are* strange. They’re still sort of used, but not by the military I gather. You expect them to walk away. I thought of those walking things in Star Wars that the Ewoks tripped with ropes.

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