Saturday, 12 April 2014

Literally Sand!

Who would have thought that I would find myself taking part in an author event at Sand Sculpture Festival, but last weekend that is exactly what happened.

Sandsculpture is a feature of many seaside towns and in Weymouth, Dorset the sand is particularly fine and the sculptures of an exceptionally high standard. There have been sandsculptures on Weymouth beach since the 1920s but four years ago the sculptures were brought together under one roof to form the sand sculpture park that is Sandworld.

This year Sandworld’s sculptures are themed around books and authors, and the sand artists have been working hard to bring your favourite characters to life – from Moby Dick to Alice in Wonderland, Charles Dickens rubbing shoulders with Tolkien – but this stunning Warhorse sculpture has to be my favourite. Who cannot feel moved by the tenderness shown between horse and boy?

In order to celebrate the Grand Opening of this fantastic sand sculpture festival, five local authors were invited along. Kit Berry cut the ribbon and declared us open and we took turns giving readings to spellbound audiences.

We were given out own special authors area where we set up our books while the sandworld staff kept us supplied with coffee and burgers. In fact I can speak for us all if I say that we had a really lovely day. But enough words. I’ll let the following pictures speak for me.

The author area
Carol Hunt introduces us to the Portland Mermaid
The five local authors, Myself, Carol Hunt, Kit Berry, Kathy Sharpe and Laura James
A young fan asks Kit Berry to sign her book
Moby Dick - note how the waves form the pages of a book!


  1. Looks great. Those sand sculptures are quite incredible.

    1. They certainly put my bucket and spade efforts to shame. Its incredible to think they are just made of damp sand! Such skill!

    2. But isn't that what creativity is? The ability to take the most humble of things and produce something of wonder.

      They do it with sand, you do it with words.


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