VISIT THE AUTHOR'S LOCAL AREA
CHAPTER TWO COASTAL VIEWS
THE PAST WEEK SAW MORE TORRENTIAL RAIN, BUT ALSO SUNSHINE, ENJOY RAINY DAYS AND SUMMER EVENINGS AND A VISIT TO SHELLEY THEATRE.
THE SON OF THE POET BUILT A HOUSE NEAR THE SEA AT BOSCOMBE AND A THEATRE TO ENTERTAIN HIS FRIENDS. THIS HAS BEEN RESTORED. IT HAS COMFORTABLE SEATS, PLENTY OF PLAYS AND SHOWS, A NICE BAR AND GOOD TOILETS - THE BARE BRICKS AND UNFINISHED PARTS ADD TO THE ATMOSPHERE
Southbourne-on-Sea lies between Hengistbury Head and Boscombe and was founded by a Doctor Compton in the 1870s; he wanted to create a year round health resort completely separate from Bournemouth. It would be lovely if we still had the winter gardens and the pier, but it is still a resort enjoyed all year round, with people to be found striding or jogging along the cliff top or sea front, even in the strongest south westerly winds.
There are three zig zags and a cliff lift to take you down to the beach that forms part of Poole Bay; you can walk along the promenade to Bournemouth Pier and beyond until you reach Sandbanks.
My short stories 'Waiting Room' in the 'Dark and Milk' collection, 'Red Car' and 'Moving On' in the 'Hallows and Heretics' anthology are all set in this local area.
Southbourne Grove is a great local shopping and eating area with new businesses opening up regularly. With a greengrocer's, butcher's, bakers and other food stores you can get all your weekly shopping. Other shops do everything from key cutting to curtain fittings. Whether you want children’s toys or a unique gift, browse amongst the many creative outlets.
One of my favourite places for coffee or a meal is The Ludo Lounge, once upon a time the old Woolworths, a bar/café open 9a.m. to 11p.m., a relaxed atmosphere for all ages with papers to read and games to play.
Boscombe lies between Southbourne and Bournemouth and has its own pier. The whole sea front area and pier have been regenerated and despite the expensive fiasco of the surf reef, the other improvements have made it a popular destination.
'Moving On' and 'Red Car', stories in the 'Hallows and Heretics' anthology, are set in this area.
My short story 'Holiday' from the new collection Times and Tides is set in Bournemouth.
Across the fast moving 'Run' from the sandspit, with its 'Noddy Train' to Hengistbury Head, is busy Mudeford Quay.
The characters in 'Waiting Room', 'Dark and Milk' anthology find themselves here.
APRIL 24TH 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-36129169
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