Going back in time

I had a flapulous time (to quote a friend) at my publicity shoot for the up-coming novel, The Jazz Files. With only three weeks to go until publication, I thought I’d get into costume and into character. I made the dress (see post below) and borrowed the car. A beautiful 1928 Ford Pheaton owned by the very generous Alan and Christine Simpson of Crawcrook. For more on the Poppy Denby Investigates series visit www.poppydenby.com

A 1920s telephone

Look what arrived today! Unfortunately it’s a reproduction not an original 1920s telephone. They go for £300 – £500 so will need to sell lots of Poppy Denby books before I can afford one of those. But this will do splendidly for my photo shoot at Waterstones in a couple of weeks. Speaking of Waterstones, put Friday 25th September, 6.30 for 7pm in your diary. The Jazz Files will be launched at the Newcastle Waterstones on that date, complete with a jazz trio and bubbly! More details anon …

An original 1922 Remington typewriter, a reproduction 1920s telephone and a 1950 Chiltern Hugmee teddy called Edward. He is wearing spectacles to stop his right eye falling out.

A new frock for Poppy Denby

I’m going to challenge my dressmaking skills to try and make this fabulous outfit from an original 1920s pattern. If it’s a success I will wear it to a photo shoot in August to publicise the launch of The Jazz Files, the first in the Poppy Denby Investigates series in September. If it’s not a success I’ll wear it anyway and insist on low light.