Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

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I’ve just spent the morning taking part in a panel discussion on the power of words for the #writerscrawl festival – the UK’s first festival dedicated to copywriting. Also on the panel was the Labour party speech writer Tom Baldwin, playwright Paul Hewitt, the poet Rishi Dastidar, and Have I Got News for You writer Paul Powell. It was a really interesting morning of debate and my subject of choice was – you guessed it – Elvis Presley and his lyrics!

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I’ll be giving a talk on my life as an author and the book that inspired my writing for #writerscrawl – the first copywriting festival being held in London on the 16th November:
https://dma.org.uk/event/writerscrawl

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Thanks to everyone who came along to my Elvis Style book signing at Waterstones. The next signing is in the diary for April, at the very exciting venue of Lansky Bros in Memphis! Time & date TBC shortly.

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On Sunday evening I headed to the Victoria & Albert Museum to see the LFW collection from recent Central St Martins graduate Fei Fei Cicada. The format of the show was really successful – following a catwalk presentation, the audience were then invited into the sculpture galleries to photograph the models and clothing up close. With blogging and social media playing such an important role in the fashion industry, it seems a smart idea for designers to think about how the details of their creations can be shown online. I’d be interested to see if more designers start to incorporate a static presentation into their traditional catwalk shows.

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I will be signing copies of my new book Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits at Waterstones in Islington – everyone welcome!

Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH.
Thursday 29th September 18:30 – 8

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The Islington Gazette newspaper has just published an interview with me about my new book Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits:

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Great news that The Victoria and Albert Museum have acquired the Tommy Cooper Collection – the largest collection of its kind tracing the life and legacy of the much-loved British comedian Tommy Cooper (1921 – 1984). The museum already has a strong collection from British comedians – including Ronnie Barker, Tony Hancock, Dame Edna Everage and Morecambe and Wise.

The Tommy Cooper Collection comprises over 116 boxes of archive material and 24 props and posters to chart the career of the outwardly shambolic magician and comedian known for his trademark fez, flustered face, bungling stage persona and razor-sharp comedy. From his early career in the army to the height of his television stardom and status as national treasure, the collection also sheds light on Cooper’s scrupulously organised working methods, the business side of his vocation and the extent of his writing.

The collection includes Cooper’s ‘Gag File’ – an alphabetically ordered system for storing his jokes, stage props- including Cooper’s infamous ‘Head Twister’ illusion, posters; theatre programmes and merchandise charting his career spanning almost four decades. Of notable absence is Cooper’s red felt fez, a hat that became the comedian’s trademark. This sounds like a fascinating archive – I’m looking forward to seeing more of this when it goes on public display for the very first time in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries in the autumn.

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My new book Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits was featured in the ‘We Love’ pages of The Observer Magazine on Sunday.

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