derek-brockwayOn Saturday I’ll be facing a very short queue. Actually, it might not be a queue at all as I doubt two people strictly constitute a queue. Come to think of it, there might not even be two people. I might just be facing a big empty space.

Next to the big empty space will be a really long, proper queue. That’s because I’ve been asked to do a joint book signing with TV meteorologist Derek Brockway; me with my book Heritage Walks in South East Wales and Derek with his new book Great Welsh Walks. I have absolutely no idea why I was asked, because Derek certainly doesn’t need the boost. He is recognised the length and breadth of Wales and his books sell (rough calculation) gazillions. I was once recognised in Clydach High Street, where I was brought up and where an entire copy of my book is available at the local library.

Just on Twitter stats alone, it’s not looking good. I have slightly more than 1,000 followers. He has nearly 43,000 so, by that maths, the queue ratio is going to be 43:1. And as my mum already has other plans for Saturday, I have absolutely no idea who that one is going to be.

Anyway, this signing has been organised as part of Merthyr Tydfil’s Walking and Cycling Festival, a brilliant event to show off the stunning countryside around Merthyr and to get people outdoors. Walking guide Harri Evans will be leading his Castle to Castle Walk from Cyfarthfa to Morlais whilst wardens at Parc Taf Bargoed explain how former mining country has been spectacularly reclaimed by nature. Circular bike rides for families will be held along the Taff Trail and when it all gets too much you can pop into Popty, Cyfarthfa’s fabulous tearooms.

So if you have nothing planned between 10am and midday on Saturday and suddenly realise you need a new trails book, do come along and join my queue. Or at least just stand in a big empty space. Thanks!