Lazy Sunday

Published on Sunday 9th November 2008 by DJ Kirkby

In what seems to be an endless round of shameless self promotion (and long may it continue), I am delighted to be able to post details of the book launch for my memoir ‘From Zaftig to Aspie’.

Although I admit to an element of bias, I would like to say that as befits a previously wild hippie child, this promises to be a very cool and groovy evening.

It will be held on Monday 26th January 2009 at the beautiful Jardin Du Vin See photos of the venue by clicking here.

A complimentary glass peach champagne (or non alcoholic version) will be offered to you on arrival.

There will be a prize draw for a signed copy of both mine and Chopper’s book. Yes, you read that right, Chopper will be joining me on the evening to launch his crime novel ‘motorbikes, ducks and crispy sweet apples’.

A guest speaker from the local autism support network will give a short interactive talk on ‘Diversity within the autistic spectrum’.

I will read from my memoir. I am hoping I will be brave enough to choose one of the more colourful and unusual chapters…but I may stick to something safer and let the guests read the more shocking bits of the novel for themselves!

Chopper’s reading won’t be just a reading but those who read his blog already know not to expect anything predictable from him.

We will both be there all evening and ready to answer questions and sign copies of our books for those who bring them or wish to buy them on the night. I will be most excited if anyone shows up with a well read copy of my book. (I am terrified that no one will come)

The non-spoken word parts of the evening will be filled with the ear candy of Jazz Plus.

Rob Richardson, creator of Write Invite, the local writers event where both Chris and I got our start in the world of writing, will be joining us on the evening and available to answer questions.

All profits from the door entry will be donated to the Portsmouth Autism Support Network and other charities. The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions including those under 18, OAP’s and anyone with a registered disability or PASN code.

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Please buy a ticket or two and save me from drinking all the peach champagne myself.
Tickets must be booked in advance to guarantee a seat. I am looking forward to seeing you all on the night. I’ll be the one with the goofy ear to ear grin!

For more information you can email or go to either of our websites:
Chris’s is here and mine can be found here

Click here to read Chopper’s slightly less enthusiastic post about our book launch

34 comments so far

  • SUPER, ma Niece. It really looks smashing and I hope you and Chopper will have a great time. How jazzy to launch together!
    Goodestn bestest of luck to both of you,
    la Tantine

  • having read choppers announcement earlier in the week I have already told mother we are going to be there. With luck she will finally be off her crutches by then.

  • Hi Caroline
    We intend to! Though we may just be sitting in an empty room listening to the band and drinking vast amounts of peach champagne…

    Hi Casdok
    Fabulous! You want to come early and go with us?

    Dear Tante D
    Thank you so mcuh.

    Hi Helen
    Oh it would be so amazing if you are there on the night. Thank you for being willing to try and sort things so you can join us.

    Hi LiR
    Great news, will be great to meet you in person. Chopper has written a slightly less enthusiatic post about the launch today as he is putting himself on the voting block and you know how shy he is! Shows how much he wants this launch to be a sucess in relation to raising chairitable funds!

  • Well, I’ve just bought my ticket!! All I have to do now is arrange travel from Ireland and how to get to the venue from Worthing, W Sussex! I hope there will be some bloggers I ‘know’ as I’m coming on my own.


  • I’ve booked my hotel room and I’ll be buying my ticket for the do tonight. Portsmouth here I come! I wouldn’t miss this for The World (which I’m told is a very large cruise boat that I can’t afford anyway – but it’s the thought that counts!).

  • Hi BT
    I know of three other bloggers so far who intend to come so you will b ein good company! So pleased you are coming and we look forward to meeting you.

    Hi Troy
    How fabulous! Looking forward to meeting you. I have a sneaking suspiscion that the blogger tables will be the rowdy ones. I think that it might be a good idea for Chopper and I to book the next day off work.

  • That sounds like a wonderful event! I hope you raise lots of money and sell lots of books! I would make if I, uh, didn’t live here in the US!

  • Oh Oh!! I SO wish could be there and give you a great big hug!! ((((HUGS))))

    If you ever do come to the states, I would be one of the first people to buy a ticket to the book launch!!

    Congrats and I hope you both have a blast!!

  • Well, I’m afraid I won’t make it from Dover, Delaware but I’ll raise a glass of, well, something in your honor on that day!

    Best wishes.

  • Hi Jenny
    Thank you so much. If we ever did a Stateside launch the first one would be near you as you are so close to where I grew up in Canada!

    Hi Troy
    Well yes obviously, I mean I wouldn’t expect fellow bloggers to communicate with spoken word, now would I? In fact the whole launch is going to be done via laptop…erm did I forget to mention that? 😉

    Hi Niksmom
    Thank you so much.

    Hi Marla
    Your company will be missed on the night but it is understandable that you can’t join us!

  • DJ I’m going to do my BEST to get there. Just gotta figure out WHERE it is lol. I have my mum still visiting then, so she can babysit me.

    Make sure you save me a seat next to Troy huh? Cause ya KNOW then where all the rowdy ones are!

  • I would really like to come, but would need to arrange travel from Kent. i would be on my own so if anyone from my area is going it would be good to travel down with someone. xx

  • Trixie I was thinking of seeing if you wanted to come down, I would offer my place to stay but I shall see if my mum who is going to come with me would help out with places to crash.

  • Sounds like it will be a really great evening, DJ.
    It’s too far for me to travel from ‘oop’ north, but I’ll be there in spirit.

  • Hi Trixie
    I answered you last night but I see now that it didn’t publish for soem reason! How fabulous that you are going to be there! Don’t worry, all us bloggers will be sitting together! However, several of my students have nwo said they are coming and can assure you that we will now look like oring old farts in comaprison as you’ve never seen rowdy ’till you’ve seen student midwives partaaaaay!

    Hi Halo
    I am sure there will be someone from your area that you could travel with, I’ll ask around. It will be great to meet you.

    Hi LiR
    What a great idea, Trixie at yours and her mum at your mum’s. I wonder who will get up to the most ‘mischief’? 🙂 Have you read Chopper’s post? You know how shy he is, don’t you think it is amazing that he is promising to get up and read if we raise enough for charity?

    Hi Pat
    Quite understandable. It is a long way to travel for one night with strangers!

    Hi Kahless
    Love your new profile pic, how cute. PASN stands for Portsmouth Autism Support Network. xo

  • “Comaprison” sounds absolutely awful [in your response to Trixie]. I wouldn’t want to go there. As for “oring old farts”, I guessing you missed out a b rather than a wh? Just checking!

  • Oh my gosh, a booklaunch in the states would be awesome! But you’d probably do it somewhere classy, like New York, not old po dunk Michigan! I can dream though!

  • Hi Troy
    Lol, how hilarious! Thank gawd for editors and proof readers or my books would be published in a right state! Must learn how to type…must learn how to type…must learn how to type.

    Hi Bonnie
    You think NY is classy? Erm…it isn’t my style. I grew up harvesting food and then preserving it for the winter not going out and wasting good money on unessesarily buying it from someone else. Soooo, to answer your question, if I got to chose, it would be somewhere much more like Michigan, Montana, Seatle…places like that. xo

  • Debs
    Thank you so much. There is going to be several bloggers there and it would be great if you were one of them. Thank you so much for mentioning my book on your blog. xo

  • OMG OMG OMG…this is fantastic news honey…and I’ll be back in the UK by then!!!

    I’m going to talk to Chris to see if I can sort something out so that I can be there…I so so so so so want to be there!!! (It does depend on how Chris’s Mum is doing because I might have to go and take care of her when we arrive back). You know I will be there if I can!!!

    I can’t tell you how pleased I am for you!!!

    C x

  • Hi there,

    I have just found your blog via debs daydream. Thank you for making me feel a little better about a lot of things. My four year old son is in the process of being diognosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. I instantly started to worry about how he might cope in the ‘real’ world (I struggle with that). Your blog has started to show be that that might not be a problem.

  • Hi Claire,
    Glad I could be of help. I think people on the autistic spectrum, esp the Asperger’s end tend to be able to behave like chamelons. We can blend in with NT’s if we want to or have to. I have to more than I want to 🙂

  • Oh sweetie! I’m so so so so impressed! And a double launch as well, how amazing is that? I need to do some planning but would love to attend if I can.

    Just having a catch up, has it really been over a week? I’ve been away but that’s no excuse.

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