Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Lives & Times Limited Edition Charity Prints - Fifth Layer



The fifth layer sees more work on the human head to the Lives & Times charity prints being created by Guildford artist, Adam Green. You are now able to start making your own interpretations, which is the beauty of art. The orange flowers signify new life and hope to me, although Adam's meaning could be completely different. Adam did this having arrived back from Portugal at 1.00 in the morning!

These Lives & Times prints will be sold on a first come first served basis, and will be limited to just 25 copies. Anyone interested can contact me on email. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

All materials being used have been donated by the Ochre Print Studio where Adam is working on it. Take a look at Adam's website.



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Lives & Times Limited Edition Charity Prints - Fourth Layer


This week has seen the introduction of the human head to the Lives & Times charity prints being created by Guildford artist, Adam Green. This fourth layer sees the the first similarity to the original book cover. The prints are really taking shape now, and Adam still plans to add another 2-4 layers. I must thank Adam once again for embarking on this very generous fundraising project. All materials being used have been donated by the Ochre Print Studio where Adam is working on it. Take a look at Adam's website.


My Mum was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in 2012, and had a successful operation to remove a section of her bowel. Unfortunately the cancer spread to other parts of her body, and over the last four years she has had four lung operations to remove cancerous nodules. At the end of 2015 it was discovered that the cancer had also spread to her brain. She had treatment in January, but her condition has recently got much worse and she is now in Wexham Park Hospital awaiting further treatment.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK, and yet if caught early it is one of the most treatable with over 90% of patients surviving five years or longer. Much work remains to be done in raising awareness about this awful illness, and these prints, limited to just 25, will play a small part in helping to do this. These prints will be sold on a first come first served basis, and anyone interested can contact me on email. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.



Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Lives & Times Meets David Fenton From The Vapors


Just over a year ago I went up to London to meet David Fenton, the one time lead vocalist in The Vapors. They are best remembered for their worldwide smash hit single Turning Japanese. I decided to try and track David down for the book after I had spoken with Mike Read about Jimmie Jones, which was a minor hit for the band. He now works as the in house lawyer for the Musician's Union, and so I took a chance and sent an email to their press office. Within an hour David had replied in person, and 48 hours later we met up outside Westminster tube station. David was extremely helpful and happy to let me choose the location. There could only be one place for me to take the photo, and that was with Big Ben in the background. The Vapors best single in my opinion was News At Ten, and the picture sleeve of the single was the classic ITV image of Big Ben striking 10 o'clock for their news programme. I will regularly have The Vapors playing on my iPod, and the other stand out song, for me, by the band is Letter From Hiro, which is just magnificent.

We were able to chat about not just the band and some of the difficulties they had the time with record companies, but life after the band finished and his life now working at the Musician's Union and the problems the bands of today face. All in all it was a fascinating experience, and a great chapter to get for the book.

David recently sent me a photo of himself with his copy of the book. When we met David's brother was beginning treatment for lung cancer, but sadly by the time I published the book he had passed away. Another example of just how awful cancer is. My mother's bowel cancer journey has taken a turn for the worse. After her recent lung surgery she is now in hospital after her condition worsened with the brain cancer. She spent 6 weeks in hospital after a seizure and her condition is now terminal and she has just moved to a nursing home where she can receive 24/7 care. 

Lives & Times has now raised over £2100 for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. To see how you can order the book, which is available as an eBook, paperback and hardback, click here.



Monday, 20 June 2016

Lives & Times Limited Edition Charity Prints - Third Layer


The Lives & Times charity prints being created by Guildford artist, Adam Green, are now beginning to take shape. The third layer sees the introduction of a dramatic twist, which Adam wanted to represent the shock and impact of a cancer diagnosis, and how it can turn your would upside down.


My Mum was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer in 2012, and had a successful operation to remove a section of her bowel. Unfortunately the cancer spread to other parts of her body, and over the last four years she has had four lung operations to remove cancerous nodules. At the end of 2015 it was discovered that the cancer had also spread to her brain. She had treatment in January, but her condition has recently got worse and she now requires further treatment.


Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK, and yet if caught early it is one of the most treatable with over 90% of patients surviving five years or longer. Much work remains to be done in raising awareness about this awful illness, and hopefully the book, and now these prints, will play a small part in helping to do this.


All materials being used have been donated by the Ochre Print Studio where Adam is working on it. Take a look at Adam's website.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Guest Blog on The Bowel Cancer Charity Book Blog


To see how you can order the Lives & Times bowel cancer charity book click here.

I am looking for people who would like to contribute a guest blog to this blog. No hard and fast rules, but as the blog is about a fundraising book for bowel cancer I would like posts to be at the very least based loosely on the blog's bowel cancer theme. For instance you might have bought /read the book. You might appear in the book! You might have a story to share about bowel cancer.

Don't worry I am nowhere near done with blogging  about the book yet, but I think it would be fascinating to get some other viewpoints and perspectives across too. The obvious benefits for me are an increased audience and that will hopefully mean a few more people buy the book. If you are interested in write a guest blog then contact me here.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Family Photo


If there are two things in this world that motivate Mum to carry on fighting cancer it's her granddaughter Anna and her horse Shimara. My sister Ali took this lovely just a couple of weeks ago when they were visiting Mum.

Following another seizure Mum is now in hospital and is waiting to learn more about how they intend to treat the cancer that has spread to her brain. It has been such a tough four years for Mum since being diagnosed with bowel cancer, but moments like this are beautiful and make such happy memories.



Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Lives & Times Limited Edition Charity Prints - Second Layer


Guildford artist Adam Green is currently producing a charity print inspired by the Lives & Times fundraising book. Like with sales of the book all the proceeds raised by sales of the limited edition prints will be donated to Beating Bowel Cancer. All materials being used have been donated by the Ochre Print Studio where Adam is working on it. Take a look at Adam's website.

It already looks amazing and you can already see how Adam uses layers to create depth in his work. Hopefully this project will not only raise funds for the charity, but help to raise awareness about bowel cancer, which is the second highest cancer killer in the UK.

To order a copy of the Lives & Times fundraising book go to my www.bowelcancerfundraising.co.uk website.