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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:00 pm:   

Crawley is a town somewhere between London and Brighton; near Gatwick Airport as a matter of fact. The first Crawley WordFest is due to take place there next week. I've just blogged about it here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/

Or you can ignore my ramblings and go straight to the festival website:
http://wordfestcrawley.org/

Is there anything there that might interest horror or dark fantasy fans? Dunno. Maybe. That's for you to say.

I'll be there from Sunday to Tuesday, flouncing.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.131.110.85
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:02 pm:   

I used to live there! Part dump, part lovely. Tilgate forest is fantastic, if sadly largely fenced off (which strangely adds to the sense of mystery and magic).
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:04 pm:   

Part dump, part lovely?

Hey, that's my programme for the event!
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.131.110.85
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:09 pm:   

Sigh.
This was one of my first jobs working here, laying/raking the grounds for this place. I hope the people who use it appreciate its beauty.
http://www.glendale-golf.com/course-2-tilgate-forest-golf-centre-gallery.aspx
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.131.110.85
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:11 pm:   

I used to live two minutes from this! Walk my dog round it (it was empty, though an office at one end wasn't). One dark rainy night I even broke in and had a look around. WELL creepy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadfield_House,_Crawley
A lovely, mysterious place. Anyone could walk round it outside, like being posh for free for a bit.
:-(
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.131.110.85
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:17 pm:   

It was like Auf Wiedersehen Pet working on that land, a really mixed bunch of people from skinheads to actors. We'd talk movies and books and God, and I'm sure it was all good for us to mix like that. 30 years on I still miss it, sitting under pines in the rain eating our butties, watching the odd deer jump silently by.
:-(
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:23 pm:   

Thanks for that, Tony! Interesting and strange... "...sitting under pines in the rain eating our butties, watching the odd deer jump silently by." Nice bit of writing that, actually.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.131.110.85
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:30 pm:   

Thanks Rhys!
If you have time head for Tilgate Park/forest, and be slightly frightened by the scale of the 'Champion Trees' seen through the wire fence.
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.93.21.68
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 01:14 pm:   

"Is there anything there that might interest horror or dark fantasy fans?"

Presumably yes, if this is true:

"WORDfest is Crawleyís first ever festival dedicated to celebrating words and writing in its many forms."
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 03:40 pm:   

It might not be true, though, Ramsey!
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 91.194.221.231
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 10:53 am:   

I'm in the window of Waterstone's today, writing a story. In Crawley. Pop along and gawp, if you like...

Anyone who wants to be a character in that story should come inside the shop and tell me and I'll bung them in...

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