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Sidetracks & Detours present PASS IT ON 42 Sunday Supplement 3 3 2024

Sidetracks & Detours



Sunday Supplement 3 3 2024

As I´m sure most readers know, I am a huge fan of Spotify. When I lost a cd collection of circa 5,000 CDs in the great Boxing Day Flood in Rochdale in 2015 I availed myself of the services of a company I had heard of, but had never gained any idea as to how it worked and how it might help me. Even as a non-fee paying advert hearing customer I not only managed to pretty much entirely regain, or at least have instant access to pretty much all the cds and playlists I had lost. I still thought Spotify worked by magic until reading today´s excellent and informative piece in Peter Pearson´s All Points Forward column. There is also plenty else to read with some details of the months ahead from the wonderful Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. We also have previews and reviews from the Jazz In Reading team and news of the jazz on air show, HOT BISCUITS, presented by Steve Bewick. Our island insights team close today´s edition of our Sunday Supplement with a look ahead to the 2nd annual Lanzarote Book Fair 2024. So there should plenty enough to read for anyone, but if you prefer a gentler stroll why not wander through our easy to negotiate archives of circa 1,100 free to read articles. Share what you find with your like-minded, arts loving friends and ask them if they, too, would please PASS IT ON. Thank you kindly. We´ll see you somewhere round the corner.



previewed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Newsletter


presented by Music in Portsmouth Newsletter

Live Jazz

SIMON BATES (saxophone)

previewed by Jazz In Reading

Live Jazz

STAN TRACEY’S Jazz Suite February 2024

inspired by Dylan Thomas’ UNDER MILK WOOD

Alan Cornish Theatre, Oakwood Centre, Woodley

review by Trevor Bannister from Jazz In Reading

Jazz On Air

HOT BISCUITS presented by Steve Bewick

A Reader´s Perspective: All Points Forward

THE SPOTIFY PLAY by Peter Pearson

Island Insights


preview by Norman Warwick

which will also be included in Sidetracks & Detours 4 3 2024

Live Music


previewed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

While our symphonic season is in full swing with performances in Poole, Portsmouth and Exeter this past week, it’s not long to go before we are heading over to beautiful Cornwall for our biennial residency! We have plenty of exciting music making planned for our time in the county so if you can’t join us in person, make sure to keep an eye on our social media channels.

Of course, we also have plenty to offer a little bit closer to home. We are particularly looking forward to four film evenings filled with the scores of some of cinema’s greatest hits at The Best of Williams and Zimmer. We’re thrilled that two performances have sold out – but it’s not too late to join us in Exeter or Southampton!

Have you seen a concert recently? We’d really appreciate it if you could take just a moment to write an online review, so that people who have not yet discovered the BSO get a better idea of the amazing breadth and quality of what we have to offer. See below for more details of how to help us out in this way.

Music-making and live performance lies at the heart of everything we do at the BSO.

We perform regular full symphonic concerts and smaller chamber performances across the South West of England from our home-base at Lighthouse, Poole. Many of our Wednesday night Poole concerts are also streamed live as Digital Concerts which are then available to watch on demand for 30 days after the performance. Find out more about what’s on below.

We offer great multi-buy discounts – the more you visit us the more you save! Discounts are applicable for all live concerts booked directly through the BSO ticket office and discounts are automatically applied as you reach each qualifying level, from 5% to 20% for 15+ concerts. We also have a number of concessions – click on the ‘Information on buying tickets‘ link for more details.

If you have a ticket query please email hello@bsorchestra.co.uk with details and a contact telephone number, and a member of the marketing team will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also like to call us on 01202 669925 but please be aware that you may need to leave a message.


Curious Creatures and the Natural World

Regal Theatre, Redruth

Join us at at The Regal Theatre in Redruth on Tuesday 5th March at 7.30 pm for a symphonic venture through the natural world, through verdant forests and across the open ocean. Embrace the wild with a catchy Mancini tune and a spirited piece by Elgar. Follow the ocean through all moods with Grace Williams, from sailing tempestuous seas to enjoying the beautiful calm of a summer’s day at the beach. And enjoy orchestral adaptation of popular work by Björk with music that delves into emotions of the heart through the crystallisation of minerals and rocks. William Grant’s soft exploration of twilight and Vaughan William’s musical flight of the lark complete the programme. This adventurous evening with an ensemble of 14 BSO musicians is an escapade fit for all to join!

Works and composers

Mancini Baby Elephant Walk

Elgar The Wild Bear

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Grace Williams Sea Sketches

Björk Crystalline

William Grant Still Moon Dusk


Mining, migration, mythology, memories, music, mischief…

Wheal Martyn Clay Works, St Austell, 6th March 7.30pm

At a wake in a pub, a storyteller fondly remembers Cornish miner, Joe. Soon, a deeper story emerges about friendship, mischief and forces more powerful than man.

A haunting yet playful story told through music and song inspired by folklore, home, mining, memories, and mischief. The audience is warmly invited to join in, sing or play along – bring an instrument or just listen and enjoy the story.

Music by Luke Styles

Words by Hazel Gould

Featuring Chamber to the Grave by Jim Carey and traditional folk tunes

A Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Production in association with Tête à Tête and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Inspired by conversations at Geevor Tin Mine, Fault Lines has been generously supported by Gillian Emerson as part of the BSO’s biennial Cornwall residency.


From the West End to Hollywood

Thursday 7 March, 7.30pm

Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Saltash

Join the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 9-piece ensemble for a brand new concert of film inspired music journeying from London’s historic West End to the glittering lights of Hollywood, including music from Harry Potter, James Bond, The Sound of Music, Frozen and many more. The concert is presented and will include well-known favourites alongside lesser-known cinematic works in a programme designed for families of all ages, new audiences, and seasoned concert goers alike!

This concert is sold out but you can still book tickets for our On Your Doorstep concert in Redruth – join us as we explore curious creatures and the natural world through music!


The BSO are delighted to be bringing chamber music to Shaftesbury! Our Principal String Players will be performing three luscious quintets. The pearl of Bruckner’s String Quintet, the Adagio, gifts a tender and beautiful sound as it flows down a stream of seemingly infinite emotion. Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 is dark and melancholic, yet the moments of peace and euphoria create a vivid polarity. And Dvořák gifts us a charming musical postcard of his bohemian summer in the American countryside.

BSO On Your Doorstep is an initiative which sees a selection of BSO musicians playing in chamber ensembles as the Orchestra goes on the road, reconnecting with audiences across the South West and bringing live music directly to local communities!

This performance is generously supported by the Valentine Charitable Trust.

To book your tickets please ring the Shaftesbury Art’s Centre Box Office on 01747 854321 – only a few tickets remaining!

Works and composers

Bruckner Adagio from String Quintet in F Major

Mozart String Quintet No.4 in G minor K.516

Dvořák String Quartet in E flat Major Op.97


Verdi, Chopin, Beethoven

Lighthouse, Poole, Wednesday 20th March 7.30 pm

It is in the Fifth Symphony that you truly encounter the genius of Beethoven through the musical manifestations of his intimate thoughts, his secret sorrows and his intensely concentrated rage. If listened to with fresh ears, it is still possible to be astonished at the force and compressive power of this awesome vision of triumph over tragedy. Chopin’s early-Romantic concerto par excellence is dominated by the piano with the orchestra merely providing a light accompaniment. Brimming with bold and colourful details, Chopin’s delicate touch and dazzling virtuosity shines through. Imaginative and personal, its poetry and virtuosity linger long in the memory. Verdi’s intricate writing and captivating harmonic language makes this quite an overture – the changes in character from solemn to jubilant creating both intrigue and wonder.

Please note this concert is being livestreamed and some shots will include wide angle views of the audience.

Works and composers

Verdi The Force of Destiny Overture

Chopin Piano Concerto No.2

Beethoven Symphony No.5


BSO at the Southbank

Royal Festival Hall, London, Sunday 19th May

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits presents a full day of Voices from the East at the Southbank Centre, London, with three concerts at the Royal Festival Hall interspersed with talks and free performances across public spaces in the venue.  Journeying along an orchestral version of the Silk Road, this series reveals the magical flavours of music from across Kirill’s native land and its neighbouring countries.

The first concert of the day focuses on music from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Chary Nurymov and Kara Karayev. The second takes the audience to a soundworld from Georgia and Armenia, with Giya Kancheli’s Styx and Avet Terterian’s Symphony No. 3. The final concert of the day celebrates music from Ukraine, with works by Thomas de Hartmann and Boris Lyatoshynsky alongside BSO Composer-in-Residence Anna Korsun’s Terricone, which received its world premiere by Karabits and the BSO in January 2023.

Timetable of the day’s events:
1pm  Voices from the East: Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
4pm   Voices from the East: Georgia and Armenia
7.30pm  Voices from the East: Ukraine

For details of all these events and much more type Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra into your search engine

Live Jazz

SIMON BATES (saxophone)

Backed by Pangbourne Jazz Club Rhythm Section:

Simon Bates Saxophone

Terry Hutchins (guitar)

Mike Pratt (double bass & bass guitar)
Jim Pollard (piano)

Brian Greene (drums)

previewed by Jazz In Reading

Simon Bates is renowned for his awesome technique and versatility, Simon is as at home leading bands on TV shows as he is in a local jazz club – the reason that the Royal Marines asked him to become their Professor of Saxophone!
Playing all musical genres, Simon has performed around the world in a wide variety of settings from the Q.E.2. and Eiffel Tower to Ronnie Scott’s and the Albert Hall. He is also a respected band leader having led the 9 piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley and Alexander Armstrong. A highlight was conducting the BBC Singers, The Orchestra of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and assorted celebrity singers for BBC Radio 3’s In Tune Christmas Special.

He is in great demand on the London session scene – his playing features on countless adverts, film scores, theme tunes and pop recordings. Simon has appeared live and recorded with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Bette Midler, Shane MacGowan, Sister Sledge, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, Dizzee Rascal, The Sugarhill Gang, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal, Eddie Floyd, Billy Ocean, Tito Jackson, Cilla Black, Mary Wilson, Alfie Boe and Carleen Anderson.

Simon is recognised as one of the country’s leading jazz saxophonists and appears regularly at respected UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, The Bull’s Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. He performs regularly with many of the jazz world’s biggest stars including John Dankworth, Jamie Cullum, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Eddie Daniels, Cleo Laine, Simply Swing, Dave O Higgins and Sax Appeal.

Simon appears frequently on television.  You may have seen him in programmes such as The Paul O’Grady Show, The Parkinson Show, Channel 4’s Big Breakfast, GMTV, This Morning, Movie Mania and he ran the 9-piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show.  Simon has also performed with many Strictly Come Dancing stars including Aljaz & Janette, Brendan Cole and Anton Du Beke.

Well known as a performer in many different musical genres,Simon has featured as a guest soloist with large ensembles including the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Royal Marines Big Band and the bands of the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards.

Simon started to learn the violin at school but the draw of his father’s old clarinet was too much, and he started to have lessons. With the intense competition of his twin brother, (now a successful freelance French Horn player), Simon progressed quickly and achieved Grade 8 on the clarinet at the tender age of 12. He started to play sax at the age of 14 and got his first paid gig in the same year. Whilst studying for a classical music degree, he turned to jazz and improvised music and studied Stravinsky by day and played Charlie Parker by night in London’s clubs and bars.

Live Jazz

sounds of Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley

from Ben Cummings, Ineza Kerschkamp & Ollie Weston

Crowmarsh Jazz Saturday 9 March.

An exciting new show featuring London vocalist and rising star Ineza Kerschkamp in a tribute to the magical moment when Nancy Wilson recorded for the first time with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, here represented by local stars Ben Cummings on cornet and the fabulous Ollie Weston Quartet. A cosy winter’s evening of subtly blended soul, jazz and bop.

Supporting these three fantastic front-liners will be stellar musicians, Chris Eldred on piano, Curtis Ruiz on double bass, and drummer Dave Tandy

Venue: Crowmarsh Village Hall, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8ED

Crowmarsh Jazz pays all musicians properly and supports the campaign for fair pay for artists.

Live Jazz


inspired by Dylan Thomas’ UNDER MILK WOOD

Alan Cornish Theatre, Oakwood Centre, Woodley

February 2024                        

review by Trevor Bannister from Jazz In Reading

The magic of Dylan Thomas’ poetry combined with Stan Tracey’s timeless jazz to hold a sell-out audience spellbound by a magnificent presentation of ‘Stan Tracey’s Jazz Suite inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood’ at Woodley’s Alan Cornish Theatre on Saturday 17 February.

‘Under Milk Wood’, Thomas’ radio play for voices was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece on its first broadcast by the BBC in January 1954, with a young Richard Burton making an indelible impression in the narrator’s role of 1st Voice. Eleven years later, British jazz pianist and composer, Stan Tracey, having listened to an American production of the play, used it as a source of inspiration for what proved to be a landmark recording session.   Released in the autumn of 1965, ‘Jazz Suite inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood’, affirmed Stan Tracey, along with his front-line partner, tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins, as musicians of world class stature; a rare accolade for British jazz in the 1960s.

At various times in his lengthy career, Stan Tracey toured with the Jazz Suite, sometimes with the addition of a narrator to read extracts from Dylan Thomas’ inimitable text. This writer had the good fortune to attend one such concert. Impressive as I remember it being, I don’t recall that it achieved the depths of emotion or unity of text and music that stood out as highlights in this production.

The four musicians – saxophonist Michael Wilkins, pianist Martin Pickett, Steve Kershaw on bass and Mike Goff on drums, together with narrators Siân Goff and Tom Neill – have clearly immersed themselves in the dreamlike world of ‘Llareggub’ (‘bugger all’ spelt backwards), Thomas’ fictional Welsh fishing town, to create a hugely entertaining work of exceptional beauty. Not only do they pay tribute to the spirit and legacy of Thomas and Tracey, but their accomplished skills, originality and love of the subject bring a fresh perspective to the 70th anniversary of ‘Under Milk Wood’.

The quartet swing with the best on the opening shot, ‘In the Beginning’, but nothing quite prepares you for the sublime beauty of ‘Starless and Bible Black’. Played here as the beguilingly atmospheric background to the introductory narration, but later reprised in its full expressive glory, it sets the scene of nighttime descending on Llareggub. As the Jazz Suite unfolds, we glimpse into the inner-most dreams and secret lives of the town’s sleeping inhabitant, the music embellished through Thomas’s text by the two brilliant narrators.  How could anyone resist Mrs Ogmore Pritchard’s classic line, delivered to perfection by Siân Goff, ‘And before you let the sun in, mind it wipes its shoes’.

We visit the cobbled street of ‘Cockle Row’, encounter Captain Cat as he recounts how, ‘I Lost My Step in Nantucket’ and meet the village wastrel ‘No Good Boyo’. Passionate secrets are revealed in ‘Pen Pals’, while the quirky swing of ‘Llareggub’ captures all the peculiarities of Llareggub itself as depicted in the officialese of the town Guide Book.

And yet, as the title track, ‘Under Milk Wood’ reminds us that for all its oddities Llareggub is a place of warmth and human affection – home.

Rapturous applause followed the grand finale, ‘A.M. Mayhem’, which as the title suggests, conjured a scene of chaos and confusion as Llareggub stirs from its slumbers to face a new day.

But wait, no jazz gig would be complete without an encore and the musicians duly cut-loose on a scorching interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s idiosyncratic ‘Well You Needn’t’ – Monk would have fitted in well in Llareggub – to bring a truly memorable evening to a close.

As a final comment on this production may I add that each and every fine detail of text and score counts towards its excellence, right down to a barely discernible tap on a cymbal that punctuates the end of ‘Pen Pals’.

To date, a friend of mine has not missed a single presentation of ‘Under Milk Wood’, having attended the previous four at Goring, Oxford, Marlow and Bracknell. He finds new treasures to enjoy on each occasion. So will you. This is not to be missed when it appears at a venue near you.

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Jazz On Air


presented by Steve Bewick

Regular listeners to our  mixcloud productions  and readers of PASS IT ON will know that my jazz buddioe Gary Heywood Everet and I not only play a diverse selection of jazz music but we also like to support the live jazz scene by sharing listings. So, If you know of a jazz diary looking for mutual support in listings, please contact me

Meanwhile out Hot Biscuits this week welcomes back Frank Griffith (right) & Quartet. The renowned jazz saxophonist and clarinettist has been performing for over 40 years, primarily in New York and London. Listen in for tracks taken from a live set at the Creative Space, Manchester. Arena

We will aAlso Jeremy Platt with `Streams´.  L’Heroisme, from Billy Marrows with the Familia de Deus.

Listen out, too, for Rachel Lightbody, who wished upon a moon.

From the Scottish jazz awards we have Ewan Hastie, Bbass player and instrumentalist. If this good, Pass It On and follow me at www.mixcloud.com/stevebewick/ 24/07..

A Reader´s Perspective: All Points Forward


by Peter Pearson

Anybody wanting to know more about the birth of Spotify could do worse than read the book “The Spotify Play: How CEO and Founder Daniel Ek beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the Race for Audio Dominance” by Swedish authors Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud.

Spotify was founded in 2006 by Swedish pair Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. Since then it has become one of the largest music streaming service providers, with over 602 million monthly active users, including 236 million paying subscribers.

In 2006 Napster had disrupted the music industry with its illegal file sharing download model and was shut down. This helped pave the way for Apple via its iTunes store to introduce a legal online model by partnering with the major record labels,who saw this as a lifeline following the terminal decline in CD sales.

The Spotify vision was to create a more open, stream-friendly, and cheaper alternative.

The book chronicles how it went about this, detailing the development of the technology and the deals that had to be made with the record labels in order to build its music library, together with its battles with the other streaming giants to establish the market domination it has today. Published in 2021 the book is not fully up to date and focuses more on its business strategy than on its ongoing criticism from artists and the strangle-hold the major record labels have on it in the way its revenue is distributed.

Having read the book I then turned to explore how Spotify is perceived within the music industry. Is it a force for good or a force for evil?

Its business model is known as freemium-a mixture of free accesss, funded by adverting, and paid for subscriptions which are much more favoured by the record labels. The labels were concerned that the free option would raise inadequate revenue and to safeguard against this they insisted that a minimum revenue level from advertising be part of the deal.  All well and good as far as users are concerned. It is the way in which it compensates musicians that has attracted the bulk of the criticism.

Unlike physical sales or legal downloads which pay artists a fixed amount per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on their market share, the number of streams for their songs as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service. Spotify distributes approximately 70% of its total revenue to rights-holders, who will then pay artists based on their individual agreements. The rub is that the rights holders are primarily the major record labels and it is their individual contracts with artists that determines how much they are paid and these details are opaque.

Studies have shown that the record labels keep a high amount of money received from Spotify. The company pays labels not artists. The fact that 70% goes to the labels shows how dominant the labels are. Furthermore, in the early days Spotify gave free shares in the business to major labels in order to get them on board. Whilst most have since sold those shares the giant Universal Music Group retains its interest via its relationship with the multimedia Chinese conglomerate Tencent Group.

The consensus seems to be that the issue is not so much whether Spotify is a force for good or evil but is about how industry-wide streaming royalties should be paid fairly without discouraging the emergence of new artists.

No longer do the labels have to do the heavy lifting of pressing albums and distributing them to shops and collecting royalties. However, they are important in helping to market and bring artists to public attention. Witness Taylor Swift signing with Universal Music Group. They also commission and finance recordings.

Major artists are able to re-negotiate their contracts to reflect their importance in providing content whilst those further down the ladder are far less able to do so.

Whilst Spotify and other streamers have modified the basis of their payments over the years none of the changes seem to have made much difference to the uneven playing field.

All this needs to be seen in the light of the fact that Spotify has never made an annual profit since its inception. The streaming platform has raised prices for its premium subscriptions and laid off hundreds of employees since January.

Island Insights


preview by Norman Warwick

Following last year´s successful event, the second edition of the “Lanzarote Book Fair” will be held between May 2 and 5 in the streets of La Villa Teguise. This year the Lanzarote Book Fair 2024 will take place in the old capital as the Book Fair is to be dedicated to the figure of Ángel Guerra in memory of his 150th anniversary of his birth in Teguise.

This literary event was announced at a press conference recently  at the Spínola Palace-Museo del Timple, advising us of the different activities that this fair 2024 will feature.

The president of Isla Literaria, the association in charge of its organization, Tomás Pérez-Esaú indicated in which specific areas the tents will be placed.  Strategic locations will be centred at The Timple Museum, The House Of Culture and The Library.

I love the historic air around Villa Teguise. With its sloping narrow streets, and buildings that range from tiny residences to huge buildings with grand architectural edifices, with its live music in those streets  and large public squares echoing centuries of folk lore and accompanying live folk-dance performances in which both tourists and residents are welcome to join, and its tables and chairs sitting on the cobbles outside the restaurants, there is a somehow medieval charm to this former capital of our island.

It conveys its love of visual arts in a number of art and craft stalls and galleries and in the wonderful surroundings of the La Galleria, our favourite restaurant in the town.

Teguise also pays homage to literature, including those who write it and publish it, as well as to the characters of literature. In fact, one of the most thrilling arts events we have ever attended was in Villa Teguise a few years ago when we followed a (free !!!) night time street performance of Romeo And Juliet. Hundreds of us followed the action through the public banter of the opening scenes, to eavesdrop on the loved-up couple´s balcony conversation, and subsequently bore witness to pledges of love and acts of anger and murder. I often think that these days Shakespeare might be writing for East Enders and Corrie and Emmerdale !

There is also a wonderful library along the streets of Teguise at which we recently attended the book launch of San Antonio de Texas and Lanzarote. A beautiful love story by author José Juan Romero Cruz which we published on these pages on 7 December last year.

The library in Teguise is a Tardis-like property that contains several rooms, each of which are lined floor to ceiling with ancient looking books and somehow, too, each room seems bigger than the building they are in. It is a library to treasure and the difference is marked between this location and the library I worked in at Rochdale in the UK: That was a multi- million pound new-build, of a similarly tardis like feel but this award winning glass coated building; built for diversity and an uncertain future. The libraries here on Lanzarote are built for community and to perpetuate literary legacies.

I love that Lanzarote, is still rightly in thrall of the late visionary artist, Cesar Manrique and encourages artists to integrate in the community and work one art form to complement and enhance another. The visual arts and literature sit side by side, and another of their good companions is music.

So it was no surprise when Perez-Esua announced at this press conference launching the Book Fair 2024 a confirmation that “the musical activities will be placed in front of the church,” is how Pérez-Esaú explained it.

We were also told that the popular authors, writers of literary best-sellers Juan Gómez-Jurado, Eloy Moreno and Elena Martín, and the composer and singer Santiago Auserón will headline the event’s activities.

It will be a different fair with spaces dedicated to adults, young people and ´the little ones´. Currently they are still looking for people who want to present their works at the “Fiera del Libro de Lanzarote”, to do so they must send their application before March 10 through this website, laferiadellibrolanzarote.com

announcement of The Lanzarote book Fair 2024

We know that Roger Trend, another author we have mentioned previously on these pages early in 2024, will be attending the affair and we´re pretty certain he will be working to publicise and talk about his wonderful book. Roger recently launched his most recent work, a book entitled The Island Of Volcanoes, here in Lanzarote and we reported the superb presentation event on these pages, in a piece that is now available in our easy to negotiate archives of over 1,100 free to read pieces.

This particular work achieves a wonderful fusion of the scientific and the aesthetic, two words that don´t often feature together in the shaded area of any Venn diagrams.

The text is deeply researched and authoritative and succeeds perfectly in being both well informed and informative. Roger Trend writes the complex in a simple enough manner to make any floating reader want to study geology and visit these mountains that changed the nature of our island around four hundred years ago. Any reader will also be tempted to visit Lanzarote by the glorious photographs showing the splendour of the mountain scenery (if not greenery!). The photographs would serve our tourist board very well, but the truth is that each location and each photograph was selected to convey the science and circumstance that resulted in the eruptions. There are some scientific and geological terms I wasn´t familiar with until reading my copy of Roger´s book but there was always a short user´s guide to help me smoothly pass them by. This certainly made my literary climb to the summits less tortuous than it might have been and actually allowed me to enjoy the exhilaration of learning, even on this particularly steep learning curve.  

To close the presentation previewing the Lanzarote Book Fair 2024 the person in charge of the Publications Service of the Lanzarote Cabildo, María José Alonso, highlighted that “the importance of meetings like this, of support for publishing activity and the book as a tool for the transmission of knowledge and a fundamental pillar of the leisure industry.”

Well said that man !

Tomorrow we set on our weekly daily blog of Sidetracks in Detours to see whether we can hear echoes of a Voice Held In High regard and by Tuesday 5th March we will be lost in the maze of a Field Of Dreams, a story of conspiracy, our innermost beliefs and eventually of reconciliation and reparation. Across the ocean, though, we see warnings of a Heywood Horror Show in the UK and whilst in that country we investigate the strange tale of a couple that John Stewart might think of as The Lady And The Cowboy. We will arrive back on Lanzarote carrying another book for our lengthening bookshelf, this time taking a look at Lancastrians with the much respected British author, Paul Salveson,

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