You're not Welsh, are you?

So said the lady to my left, already halfway through a diatribe about the Welsh national anthem. "Well, I'm not" I said, "but..". I gestured to my friend who was wearing a name badge with a very Welsh name on it.

It didn't matter; this lady wasn't about to kill her anecdote just to avoid offence. So we listened to her rendition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, which went something like "Clod, clod, clod; I just could not sing another clod!" Yes, she was pretty much word-perfect.

Anyway, I bring this up only because said Welsh friend (living in Australia) is also an author (as well as being Welsh). I seem to be in the habit of rambling on about books as though I am some sort of authority at the moment, so I'm going to keep the writerly love local this week, as Arianna Huffington seems to be managing her publicity just fine without me (number one on the New York Times bestseller chart - actually, I probably did have something to do with that).

AM Rees is my friend and author. I don't know whether this professional moniker is a nod to JK Rowling and keeping his/her gender ambiguous or if s/he is simply well aware that nobody can spell Angharad.

Irrespective of the rationale, AM Rees is an author.

So, Miss (aha!) Rees is currently aiming to have her first book - a novella - published. She's famous for being extremely open about her feelings and emotions so, whilst the book is a work of fiction, you can expect the honesty of a real person.

As she is a real person, I should also tell you (because she'll be reading) that she is very lovable, quite funny and sometimes disorganised (although she arranged dinner for seven extremely busy and important women - at very short notice - exceedingly well last night). The disorganised thing is actually quite endearing and, of course, creative people are allowed/practically obliged to be allergic to schedules and preparation.

Enough. Here's some more info about The Journal (cool title: you're intrigued, yes?) and you can pre-order it now for publication in September. Oh, and when you pre-order, you get the chance to win a custom-made handbag by Novel Creations. Angharad already has one (she showed it off at dinner last night - the only reason she invited us all, I think) and it is beautiful. So even if you have only read three books in your life, you might fancy winning a one-of-a-kind handbag.

The Journal cover
The Journal cover