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Norfolk almanac offers 'a cheery souvenir for every day of the year'

PUBLISHED: 10:14 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:14 03 December 2019

Keith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Keith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

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Norfolk is celebrated in all its quirky glory in a new book by writer and broadcaster Keith Skipper.

A page from Keith Skipper's new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart AndersonA page from Keith Skipper's new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Mr Skipper said he was delighted with the response he had so far received to the new book, which launched in November.

He said the almanac was a "reminder of how much character this place has". He said: "It has sold very well and we have been top of the charts of local books for several weeks. The idea was to make a quality product which has a cheery souvenir for every day of the year".

A few examples of entries:

-March 3: An item on a Norfolk restaurant menu was marked "The Chef's Special". Underneath it someone wrote: "So he might be, but his grub ent up ter much!"

Cromer author, Keith Skipper's new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart AndersonCromer author, Keith Skipper's new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

-September 12: Alternative Norfolk title for Shakespeare play: "Lotter Squit 'Bowt Beggar All" (Much Ado About Nothing).

-December 12: A Norfolk woman noticed that a string of her Christmas tree lights wouldn't work. One by one, she checked the bulbs and at last found the dud one. She proudly told her family she'd done it "by a process of illumination".

Although this is Mr Skipper's 45th book it also represents a new chapter in his career.

He and son, Danny, 33, have launched a new publishing company called Harnser Press to produce the almanac as well as potentially future books by himself and other authors.

Keith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart AndersonKeith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

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Mr Skipper said: "I fancy a change - and it might as well be a proper challenge after all those books with other publishers, the majority of them operating in Norfolk.

"There's so much more to share about this wonderful part of the world, especially when it comes to dialect and humour, my trademark specialist subjects.

"And I know a host of local scribes of all ages keen to join this great adventure".

The name Harnser is the old Norfolk dialect word for a heron.

Keith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart AndersonKeith Skipper reading from his new book, the Norfolk Almanac. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Mr Skipper will be signing copies of The Norfolk Almanac at Cromer's Jarrold store in Church Street on Saturday, December 7 between 11am and 1pm.

The book has been illustrated by artist Sophie Bonham and it is printed at Barnwell Print in Aylsham.

As well as Jarrold in Norwich and Cromer, the almanac is available from the Holt Bookshop, and Cley's Pinkfoot Gallery.

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