Douglas McPherson, a regular contributor to Writers' Forum and a women's magazine story writer, sent me the following for this blog, which includes a special offer for all Womagwriter blog readers! Thanks Douglas!
WORLD CIRCUS DAY APRIL 16
Ladies and gentemen, boys and girls... Saturday April 16 is World Circus Day, the perfect ocassion to recall childhood memories of the big top, elephants parading down the high street and clown cars with the doors falling off, the perfect ocasion to roll up roll up to a circus near you and rediscover the thrills and spills of the sawdust circle, and the perfect ocassion to use the evocative images of the circus ring as the setting for a short story.
Regular womag short story writer and Writers Forum columnist Douglas McPherson used the magic of the circus as the inspiration for his recent My Weekly serial Murder At The Circus (which can also be read on his blog http://www.circusmania.blogspot.com/) and his circus themed Pocket Novel The Showman's Girl, which comes out in May.
Douglas is also the author of non-fiction book Circus Mania and to celebrate World Circus Day would like to offer Womag blog readers the opportunity of saving £5 off the recommended retail price by ordering Circus Mania direct from Peter Owen Publishers.
Dedicated to the memory of Eva Garcia, an acrobat Douglas met just days before she fell and died during her act, Circus Mania is a behind-the-scenes journey through the world of circuses traditional and modern, talking to clowns, trapeze artists, tiger trainers and sword swallowers about their unique lives, culture, history, traditions and superstitions.
Circus Mania is launched in America next month and will soon be available as an eBook for the Kindle etc. In the meantime, the paperback has recieved a warm welcome from the critics with a full-page, 4-star review by Roger Lewis in the Mail on Sunday calling it "A brilliant account of a vanishing art form" and "An excellent book."
Tina Jackson on the Writers Hub website wrote: “Like a good old fashioned circus – McPherson’s favourite kind, in the end – the book rollicks along at a cracking pace, delivering a cast of colourful characters, and a parade of stories of the life-is-stranger-than-fiction variety. There are thrills and spills, acts of derring-do, heart-in-mouth moments, and laughs aplenty. The circus deserves this book and, like the circus, McPherson deserves for Circus Mania to reach a very wide and appreciative audience.”
Circus Mania can be ordered direct from Peter Owen Publishers at the special offer price of £10 postage free in the UK (£2.75 postage worldwide) by sending cheques to:
Peter Owen Publishers
20 Holland Park Avenue
London W11 3QU
Credit card orders can be taken during office hours on 020 7373 5628 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
As they traditionally say at the end of every big top show: May all your days be circus days!
Picture caption: Douglas McPherson (centre) with legendary circus owner Gerry Cottle (left) and Circus of Horrors ringmaster Dr Haze celebrating the launch of Circus Mania at the Circus Space circus school in London.