Join bestselling author Adele Parks for brunch at The Daffodil in Cheltenham
A fabulous Forties and Fifties-inspired event with vintage stalls and retro-themed workshops is on its way to The Daffodil in Cheltenham.
The Petticoat Fair takes place next Sunday and is raising money for WellChild which helps seriously ill children, young people and their families.
The star guest is bestselling author Adele Parks, who is an ambassador for WellChild and sat on the judging panel of the 2012 WellChild Awards.
Adele is hosting a brunch to talk about her new book – Whatever It Takes. Tickets cost £20 which includes a goody bag, a copy of the book and access to the fair which runs from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
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Adele said: "You get to a point in life when you realise how lucky you are.
"I do the job I want to do, I've got a very healthy son of my own who is coming up for 12 years old, I'm happily married and wanted to give something back."
Adele studied English Language and Literature before moving to London to work in advertising.
"I've been writing all my life and always wanted to be a writer," she said.
"I don't have a writing background, there is nobody in my family who writes, so I didn't know how to go about it. I was working in advertising in my early 20s when I really started to go for it and tried to get a book deal.
"Then, on the eve of my 30th birthday my manuscript was accepted, and the rest, as they say, is history."
Adele's first novel – Playing Away – was published in 2000 and she has just finished her twelfth book which is about mother-of-three Eloise, a Londoner, who uproots her family to Dartmouth.
Eloise thinks it will be idyllic with her husband's family living nearby, but everything starts to unravel when she realises her mother-in-law has the onset of dementia.
"My parents were in this situation, it was not only their parents but their grandparents they had to look after when we were young," said Adele, who lives in Guildford with her husband and son, Conrad.
Before moving to Surrey, she also spent time living in Italy and Africa.
"My life is an idyll," she admits. "A lot of working parents have got a lot more to bear. If you work for yourself, some nights you write and burn the midnight oil buy I know my son is at home in bed and I can pick and choose when I do that."
Entry to the Petticoat Fair is £10 with each guest receiving a goody bag and an afternoon cream tea. Workshops include creating your own Fifties headpiece and beauty tips from the era. There are also stalls selling vintage fashion, art and jewellery.
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