Troubador The Light Fandango

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800464759

eISBN: 9781800466029

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Light Fandango

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  The Summer of Love has gone and demonstrators are being killed in Red Lion Square. There’s a Squat in Piccadilly and students are occupying campuses in Hornsey. Michael Scott leaves Nuneaton and enrols at Upfields College of Education oblivious to much of this. Unfortunately, he also arrives in the capital with a lot of preconceptions and carrying a Stonehenge-sized block of granite (rather than a chip) on his shoulder. He is immediately swimming through soup.


Lecturers are bemused by the first Comprehensive pupil ever encountered. The few friends he makes are unreliable and dysfunctional. Trying to engage disaffected adolescents, he is frustrated to find he cannot stop them fighting by reading Keats or Milton to them. Student life is punctuated by catastrophes which will never get into letters home. (Principally because he never writes any) 


A mature student commits suicide, setting fire to himself in the Art Block. It affects Michael deeply. He quits college on the verge of breakdown, drinks too heavily, is seduced, betrayed, injured in a fatal car accident and made homeless.        


The McCaffery family intervene. They don’t read Chaucer or spend Sundays in The National Gallery, but Alf, his wife Patti and their elderly mum have an instinct for supporting a kid in trouble.       


They take Michael in and nurse him back to a semblance of sanity. To pay board, he shifts furniture, becomes a postman, washes cars and sorts out the accounts of a Drapery Wholesalers in Whitechapel. 


He falls for Patti who becomes pregnant. By Alf as it happens-but it is a near miss. As a diversion, Michael gets embroiled in histrionics at The Marigold Theatre, joins in a street battle with a Rugby Club and stars in a dodgy football match refereed by a gangster. He has an encounter with a mysterious Magyar sleeping in a park before a giant papier mache dinosaur is kidnapped and held to ransom. 


Life is becoming surreal. Michael treads water but is determined to stay a survivor. He becomes eventually, none of the things he actually left school intending to be, finding closure in a way no-one could have predicted when he first arrived at Euston. 

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Geoff Veasey

Geoff was born and educated in Coventry. He grew up in an Inner City suburb within sight of the Cathedral and the city centre. He has a London University degree in Teaching (English Speech and Drama) and a B.Phil (Hons) Birmingham University degree in Management. Whilst at College he lived in both South and East London, met Maggie there and they got married in West Ham Parish Church before returning to the Midlands to teach. Geoff took early retirement to focus fully on writing and public performance. He has lived in a village on the Warwickshire-Leicestershire border since 1987.

Geoff's articles have been published in magazines as diverse as When Saturday Comes and the Times Educational Supplement. He has also written in local papers and has reviewed venues and albums for various music magazines. As Auntie Whitestone he anonymously became (via a fanzine), Soccer's first Agony Aunt, and probably the only one to have a Blog. Geoff's short Stories have been published in hardback anthologies and in some magazines. Nasreem, and The Phantom Heinkel have been were broadcast on BBC Radio.

He has completed several other unpublished full length works including adult and children's fiction and plays.

Performance

Geoff's poetry has been published in national and local magazines. A few poems have been published in hardback and paperback anthologies. His original song lyrics have appeared on albums released in CD and Vinyl formats. A debut album was recorded 1978 in Pathway Studios, London. One track which was a tongue in cheek homage to a Vacuum Cleaner was given Radio One airplay by John Peel. A second album was released in Autumn 2008. A Solo Album What a Folking Liberty is part recorded and mixed but mixing and release has been delayed by Lockdown.

As well as a sprinkling of Amateur dramatic roles in schools, theatres and Coventry Cathedral, Geoff (who as a lad was a choirboy!!) once sang Lead in a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera. Accompanied by a full orchestra and choir.

Geoff has an interest in local broadcasting. Formerly presented a weekly features spot on BBC local radio and has a read a few of his short stories there too. For the last five years he has researched, scripted and co-presented two hour-long music shows per month for local/online radio. Other interesting vocal work includes recording a voice over for a Feature film trailers, and a commentary for a factual presentation.

For the record

Geoff attended the same College of Education as Ken Livingstone. Where he once met John Lee Hooker and made him a cup of coffee. Geoff (briefly!) held a World record for (marathon non-stop) Table Tennis. He played (badly!) against England and Spurs footballer Danny Thomas during a Friendly and ended up injured. He is a member of CAMRA and the RSPB and an NHS volunteer. He is also in a Shanty Crew and is a singer in the band Nunc. He runs Nuneaton Folk Club and edits a website and a Blog.


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