Grunty Fennery and Mr South are delighted to announce that :
The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen
is now available. This is the third book in the series written by Christopher South and is even more enjoyable than the previous two.
The nice young person, Annabel, at Burrows bookshop in Ely was the first to stock Customs closely followed by Toppings. In Cambridge that lovely little bookshop, David’s, is your shop to visit for a copy.
Meanwhile, those lucky people that live in lovely Saffron Walden will be able to buy Customs locally; both the Tourist Information Centre and Harts Books now have stock.
And of course you can buy direct from Dennis’ shop:
My nervous sister Miss Edna and I are thrilled to tell you that Mr South has finally written the third book in his series about Grunty Fen! Called The Customs and Folklore of Grunty Fen it’scurrently being looked at for spelling and will be available this autumn. I’m told that the book will indeed, using numerous pictures and words, describe the customs and folklore of Grunty Fen.
I’m particularly looking forward to the description of some of our local dances – “Celery Nellie” being a favourite of my youth and illustrated here (photo from Mr South’s latest book). I was not present on this particular occasion due to stocktaking.
We’re just giving you fair warning about the book at the moment – we’ll let you know once it’s published. Keep your eyes peeled!
Grunty Fen Post Office and General Stores
We’re delighted to announce that there are now two more Dennis albums newly released in our shop!
The Best of Dennis Volume 2 is about how it took a week to thread a needle, Gran’s picnic, the creepy crawly cruet, mudmogs, Dennis’s letter from The Queen and a film star stuck in a drain.
The Best of Dennis Volume 3 is about the time Mr South got stuck in the privy, S-shaped rhubarb, Dennis’s Chinese dinner, taking Little Hayley to play in a music festival in Cambridge, and wart charming. Plus there are four songs to delight you: The Rhubarb March, Olly’s Spot, Queen Adelaide Waltz and Bird Song.
A must for all Dennis fans!
Please click here to go to the shop or click here to go straight to the page you need.
All of us here at Grunty Fennery support local businesses where we can, and today we’d like to thank Maureen and Tom O’Connell for selling both Who’s Who in Grunty Fen and The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen for us.
They’re pictured (above) outside their fabulous shop Just Cards and Thorntons on Bridge Street in St Ives. It’s well worth a visit because they have not just cards and books, but a whole host of gifts and a mouthwatering selection of chocolates as well! You can visit their website here.
If you’re in St Ives and you know someone who’d appreciate Mr South’s books, Maureen and Tom will be glad to help you!
Miss Edwards tell me tha’ there were a lot of folk talkin’ ’bout me at Burwell Museum on Sunday. Thank ye vaar much for goin’ along an’ listenin’ to Mr South an’ fer buyin’ some stuff from Miss Edwards’s stall. Much appreciated.
Mr South will be at the Summer Folk Fair at Burwell Museum, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday 17th July and he’d like to see you there!
The theme of the day is folk music and folk stories, and if you have any musical instruments made out of bits of junk (such as may be found in Grunty Fen) Mr South would very much like you to bring them along to show him. There’s a rumour going round the Post Office that there might even be a prize for the best home-made junk musical instrument. So, if you or your little ones can get a note out of something by shaking it, blowing it, strumming it, plucking it, squeezing it or hitting it with a stick, bring it along!
Mr South will be giving a talk at some point during the afternoon and will be only too happy to chat to you about all things Grunty Fen and he won’t even charge you to have your picture taken with him.
There’s all sorts of other activities at the museum that day including mill tours, barbecue, crafts, facepainting, cupcake decorating, stalls, raffle and various demonstrations, talks and live music. I’ve attached a poster so that you can see what’s what.
The Burwell Museum event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free, and you can’t say that about a lot of things these days!
Please do come along and say hello – and don’t forget your musical instruments. There may even be a singalong. We can’t actually guarantee it – that all depends on which way the wind’s blowing on the day.
Miss Edwards is thrilled to announce that Mr South’s books – The Authorised Guide to Grunty Fen and Who’s Who in Grunty Fen – make an appearance in the 50th edition of the quarterly magazine for book lovers Slightly Foxed!
Esteemed journalist Sue Gaisford has written entertainingly about how she came to discover Dennis of Grunty Fen, and how she has enjoyed Mr South’s books.
Needless to say all of us here at Grunty Fennery thank Sue most heartily for her article, and we are over the Honolulu Moon to be included in such an august and elegant publication!
To celebrate the opening of our new website (hurray!) and because it’s that time of year when things are ‘burgeoning’ (according to Mr South), why not have a listen to Dennis singing Springtime in Grunty Fen? Just click on the bramble below and mind how you go.
In case you missed it, Dennis’s theme tune, Fen Tigers, recently made it onto American airwaves, courtesy of a duo called Fingermouse and Rubberneck!
The two musicians – Tom Few and Simon Murfitt – are just about to release their first record, but in a move which surprised all of us, ended up playing their version of Fen Tigers on WPSC Brave New Radio in America on their Ukulele Day! All of us at Grunty Fennery would like to thank Tom and Simon for their very enjoyable tribute to Dennis.
Click on Dennis to hear the track. Click on Mr South to read more in an article from the Cambridge News. Click on the wireless to hear their interview on American radio.