Well dear readers I have some exciting news for you : Mr South’s fourth book about Grunty Fen has been published!
WHERE TO FIND A WARM BUCKET
And other TALL TALES of a LOW PLACE
This book is the fourth of Mr South’s series of investigations into the world of Grunty Fen. Described by the author as “…non-existent tourist trails around imaginary locations…variable geography, questionable history and unreliable truth…”
Discover an English region you never knew existed yet it is right on your doorstep. Up that boggy lane, behind those thorny bushes, over that stagnant ditch.
Let Christopher South lead you on a strange East Anglian journey to meet outcasts who can neuter wrens in flight and crafters who whittle whisks and whistles. But don’t go near the radioactive cosmetics and plague laboratories.
And don’t forget your bucket.
About 90 glorious pages plus an introduction and a free index.
The WARM BUCKET will be available very shortly. The people at McCaw Press (they now look after all the Grunty Fen books) tell me the books will be ready by Tuesday 10th December so that Father Christmas can have some if he wishes.
How cheering to hear on the wireless today a reminder that on this day in 1969 some brave men took off in a big rocket to travel to the moon with the intention of walking upon it! Imagine that.
Of course I remember back in 1969 when I first heard, on the same wireless, news of the original lunar landing. How exciting that was. We had such a demand in the shop for rocket-shaped iced-lollies that Dennis nearly wore his lips out sucking ordinary lollies into a pointed shape.
Speaking of Dennis, here is a clip of him reminiscing with Mr South about the lunar landing.
The clip is taken from an episode of Dennis called “Venusians” which you can download or play for your own personal use from here.
Exciting News dear reader for those with a wireless set: we had thought that Grunty Fen was forever banished from the airwaves but that is not the case – at least for this Christmas! Grunty Fen has popped up in the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire schedules.
The Grunty Fen story is the result of a long investigation by that splendid young man John Devine. In it he interrogates Mr South about Dennis but also interviews Liz Sayers about Pete Sayers and his role in the creation of Dennis and his other career. For example, did you know that Pete presented music shows on both American and British television? Various fans and friends of Grunty Fen also appear in the Radio Cambridgeshire documentary and, I believe, some old episodes of Dennis will be “aired”.
All that is a lot to squeeze into one programme so it will be split over two days. The first half will be broadcast on 27th December at 12 noon. The second half will be broadcast on the following day (that’s the 28th December) also at 12 noon.
If you will be too busy to listen due to meat or vegetable duties you can listen at your convenience using the BBC Sounds application.
Please do listen and if you like what you hear please remember to thank Radio Cambridgeshire very loudly.
Grunty Fen General Stores and Post Office
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!