Sunday 20 October 2013


This fine collection of goodies will soon be on its way to our lucky giveaway winner Fran C Vit. The package includes Fran Houston's book For the Love of Peaks, my own poetry book, also two gorgeous greetings cards and two postcards from Farfield Mill art and heritage centre near Sedbergh in Cumbria. Farfield Mill is where Fran first suggested to me the idea for the book, one year ago, so the prize is a real connection to the start of our Gum On My Shoe journey.

We had such a great response to the giveaway that we decided to draw one extra name today. I am delighted to announce that Janine Freeman has won a fun fridge magnet. Friends may not be a replacement for conventional treatments.. but heck they are cheaper!

Saturday 19 October 2013


The lucky winner of the Gum On My Shoe giveaway is....... Fran C Vit! Congratulations Fran! If you let me know your postal address we will get your prizes off to you!

Tuesday 8 October 2013


On October 15, 2012, Fran suggested to me that I could write a book about what it is like for me to be friends with someone with illness (specifically bipolar 2 disorder, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia). A year on, our book, “Gum On My Shoe”, is well underway, and we are holding a FREE GIVEAWAY to celebrate the anniversary of its conception.

The giveaway prize is rather special and is our way of saying thank you for all the support we have received in the past year, and continue to receive.

The lucky winner will receive a free copy of my poetry book, "Collected Poems: 1977–1984", and a free copy of Fran's book "For the Love of Peaks: Island Portraits & Stories", and some other nice things too!

To be in with a chance all you have to do is leave a comment here on this Gum On My Shoe blog post, or sign up to our FREE Gum On My Shoe email list. Do remember to leave your name!

I will draw one name at random on Saturday October 19, 2013, and will announce the winner here on the blog, so keep an eye out so you can pass me your postal address if you win!

Good luck!
Marty and Fran