Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – MARK STAY book launch for ‘The End of Magic’

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Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM at Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, CT5 1AQ Whitstable

A very exciting event indeed! On the 15th February we’ll be celebrating the publication of ‘The End of Magic’ by Mark Stay! We’ve been expanding our sci-fi and fantasy section in the last year or so, and with this we’ve seen new faces, found some fabulous new titles, and now we get to host our first fantasy event with a fantastic author!

You know the drill, right? But this time we’re switching it up a little bit, because The End of Magic takes you back to a time when magic collapsed, and to celebrate this book the right way we’re encouraging all guests to give it their best shot and get into their magic-inspired costumes! Mark himself will be greeted by a special visitor (which you will not want to miss), and for every copy purchased on the night Mark will be donating £1 to Nordoff Robbins – a brilliant charity changing lives through music. We’ll be kicking off the evening at 6.30pm, and it’s all completely free as always! Be there, be in costume, and be ready for a truly magical evening!

‘There are epic fantasies where magic is a thing of the past, spoken of in hushed tones until some kid pulls a sword from a stone and it all kicks off again…

This is not one of those stories.

The End of Magic will take you back to a time when magic collapsed, when the world went mad, chaos reigned, and we’ll get to see it through the eyes of three people who have everything to lose…

Sander Bree is a royal mage. The personification of privilege, he lives a cushy life advising the king on matters of court and politics, yet still finds plenty of time to complain that he’s stuck in a rut.

Rosheen Katell is an immigrant freelancer and, with Anzu her griffin, she’s worked hard to build a reputation as a trustworthy truth seer. She never lies, never kills.

Oskar is Rosheen’s younger brother. Mute from birth he is a moonchild. Alone and vulnerable, he will endure more change than anyone.

Both Sander and Rosheen are entirely dependent on magic. The source of their power is the Lapis Moon in orbit above. Very soon, that magic will be gone, changing their lives and their world forever.

Sander must keep a promise that would have been difficult enough with magic, but is a suicide mission without it. Rosheen is forced to side with a murderous warlord, and her once-solid principles are tested and found wanting. Oskar needs to survive unthinkable terror and find his sister. All are set against one another in a war unlike anything the world has seen before.

The End of Magic is an exhilarating wild ride, by turns epic and intimate, funny and dark, and perfect for fans of Jen Williams, Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.’

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Stolen Moments campaign launches

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We can’t give back the stolen moments, but you can help us catch the thief

Almost two decades are stolen from a woman who dies of ovarian cancer in the UK. Years of missed anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and graduations. The countless hugs and cups of tea.

Symptoms such as bloating, loss of appetite, needing to wee more frequently and stomach pain present when cancer has advanced and a woman’s chance of survival has already dropped. We want to catch ovarian cancer in its earliest stages, ideally before it even develops. There is currently no screening tool for ovarian cancer and we want to change this.

Prevention is better than cure

When a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the odds are stacked against her. Recurrence is high and survival rates are poor. No woman deserves to live in fear of either.

http://www.ovarian.org.uk/stolen-moments/

Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

Spring walk at Chenies Manor to raise money for people affected by cancer and other serious conditions

A medical charity at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood is calling on local people to join its Spring Walk to raise money for new scanners and medical research.

The event is organised by Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity that provides life changing CT, MRI and PET/CT scans used to diagnose and monitor mainly cancer but also other serious conditions. The money is used to make sure patients can benefit from leading edge scanning equipment and furthers medical research into cancer and other conditions.

The 10km circular walk, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May, starts at Chenies Manor (WD3 6ER) and has beautiful views of the Chess Valley.

* To book your place, ring 01923 844290; entry is £8 in advance (£10 on the day) and includes free admission to Chenies Manor Tulip Gardens; registration begins at 10am and walk starts at 11am. Wear suitable clothing and footwear (route not suitable for pushchairs). All proceeds go to charity.

About Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity based at Mount Vernon Hospital, a specialist cancer centre located in Greater London.

We provide comprehensive scanning services to the NHS and private health sectors for the diagnosis, treatment monitoring and research of cancer and other serious diseases, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners.

We offer the highest quality imaging services with specialist staff to deliver excellence to all patients and clinicians.

Legacies and donations help fund new scanners which have to be replaced every 3 – 5 years. Annually, we undertake more than 17,000 scans giving patients the opportunity of a healthier future. For more information, visit http://www.stricklandscanner.org.uk

Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

I had a year off fundraising and as I enjoyed the Ealing half marathon so much last year I thought I’d do it again! I am going to raise funds for the charity Centrepoint who help young homeless people in London and the north. They do some sterling work and they have inspired me to run for them (along with the great work my old school pal Jerome  does with the homeless charities in Hull).

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated and any support on the day most welcome. It’s a (mainly) flat course and plenty of good vantage points along the route.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

£15 could provide a warm and safe place to stay for the night for a vulnerable 16-25 year old with nowhere else to go

£20 could provide a workshop about the consequences and risks of drug use run by one of our specialist health therapists

£50 could pay for the clothes that a young person would need to attend an interview or start an apprenticeship

£120 could help keep our emergency service running for another day: helping young people straight from the street

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS Last year you all helped with raising £1,246.24 for three charities:

Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) = £498.29 (Staines 10K)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) = £52.95 (Staines 10K)

Cancer Research UK = £695 (Dorney 10K – I donated my running legs for an event in memory of a fellow Magnum fan, the hard part of fundraising was done by his family, friends, fellow fans and the band members)

Raising funds for Centrepoint

There are 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year. Centrepoint support 1,000 of them with housing, health and learning.

I will be aiming to complete the Ealing half marathon for the second year running and hoping to raise some vital funds for Centrepoint.

There will be some signed goodies via eBay to help boost the funds raised.

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