A good visit to The First Gallery's preview evening - their annual Christmas show of "well-made, affordable crafts & art, ideal for gifts" at 1 Burnham Chase, Bitterne (a private house). Some nice stuff there; I bought a sculpture - block of etched wood, with two wire clownfish fixed into the top - wire and orange glass. Show is on until 21st Nov 2-7pm, 21st-27th by appointment 023 8046 2723.
Attended a public debate at the city art gallery featuring the Press Complaints Commission staff and editor of The Daily Echo. Some interesting rants and the PCC evidently doing a good job.
Indian meal at The Great Moghul in Eastleigh - v reasonable though food not served piping hot.
On the writing front, I'm still drawing up a list of possible target publishers and agents for my children's book (first draft more or less done), but considering paying for advice first, e.g. Louise Jordan. The Daily Echo said my piece for the "In My View" column is 'perfect for the column' and they hope to use it soon. It's a rant about how pubs and restaurants offer poor choices for vegetarians. If they did better at that, they'd get more trade - if a group is going out for a meal and one person is veg and doesn't fancy the menu, the group go elsewhere. Business sense, I thought. Currently I have one other invited piece and two pitches with national magazines, and am working on a competition entry.
If anyone reading this has an opinion on whether it's worth paying, say, £75 for advice on a part book, could you let me know please? Thanks.