Cakes, Celia & Jake – A Tasty Combination


Coming soon (towards the end of April) to a screen near you – Love Sarah, a feel-good drama from first-time filmmaker Eliza Schroeder, written by Jake and starring Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson and Rupert Penry-Jones with Shannon Tarbet and Shelley Conn.  Bake Off Star Candice Brown make a guest appearance with the cakes and pastries used in the film provided by Ottolenghi.

The film is about a young woman who enlists the help of her mother’s best friend and her eccentric estranged grandmother to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in Notting Hill.

The trailer for the film is released today – you can find it here:

My boy . . .  so proud!!!


Girl Guides In The Garden


Hugely enjoyable day today at the National Botanic Garden of Wales helping to entertain some of the four hundred or so Brownies, Guides and Rangers who will be camping out there tonight.  My role in the day was telling stories – traditional tales and legends to the Brownies and ghost stories (at their request) to the older girls.  It just so happens that Principality House, where the more senior guides will be sleeping, is horribly haunted. So it was only fair to let them know about some of the spooks said to inhabit the building.  I do hope they manage to sleep well after that!!  Anyway, many congratulations to all the organisers who did a terrific job pulling the whole day together. Why the photo of the Garden’s scarily realistic Black Bull? Sorry but child protection issues meant I couldn’t show pictures of the girls.

Badged Backstage

Brunger and Cleary Curve Dressing Room

Huge congratulations to Jake and Pippa for receiving the enormous honour of having a dressing room named after them.  Leicester’s Curve theatre say: As part of our on-going work to ensure our building is as friendly and welcoming to both audiences and artists we are refurbishing our dressing rooms.  We have named each one after the wonderful writers who have inspired our audience and have had their work presented at Curve.  My boy! So proud!!

i Likes The Creepy Carmarthen Tour

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Nice to get a mention in The Independent newspaper, and on their website, for the Creepy Carmarthen tour in the past couple of days.  When they rang me up saying they were doing a feature on the UK’s more unusual walking tours I thought they were tapping me up to buy advertising space. So it came as a very pleasant surprise to be told the tour had been recommended to them for inclusion and they just wanted to check the details.  It’s only a brief listing and they mention the tour “guides” (there’s just litle old me) but even so it is lovely to be recognised by the i.