The Count Down

After a series of newspaper articles, about six months ago, I received an email from a company here in Sweden, asking me if I would like to hold a speech about my writing, my life, my charity work and my work with children. It was supposed to take place last November, although things didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, the date was changed. I will be holding the speech at AstraZeneca in Gothenburg on February 29th. I consider this to be a great honor, although boy, am I nervous today.

Many years ago, I ran a theme theatre group for children, teaching them English through theatre, offering them a theme with each show. I have some fantastic memories from that time. I wrote a basic manuscript and the song texts, allowing them to change things just a little. They made their own sets and scenes, their own costumes. We had make-up artists come by to add that little touch. A musician, who goes by the name of Martin Lignell, put music to my texts; A  Lesson in the Jungle and William Gray and The Family Next Door. They did their own PR, contacted the local TV stations and newspapers; invited them in to watch the shows. Everything was kept in English. Obviously, some were a little reluctant to open up in English, preferring to speak Swedish. With these children, I spoke a kind of ‘Swinglish’ until they were ready to move over into only English. I helped them at every step of the way, offered advice, trained with the children; was there for them at all times. The only thing I didn’t have to do was to stand on stage with them and act. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have to go on stage. I would always go up, just before the children went up, would welcome the audience and introduce them. Then at the end of each show, I would go out, take a bow with the children; receive a bunch of roses or box of chocolates.

I enjoyed being behind the scene, witnessing magic in the form of song and dance, with bright costumes and cheerful faces. I wasn’t a scene person really. Last year I was in America, knew there would be no ‘behind’ the scenes work for me. It was a little scary. Not when I was talking, of course, but when I was planning and preparing, feeling butterflies in my stomach. I don’t think one ever really gets used to it. Now I am back there again, just two days until February 29th. I am nervous, can feel those butterflies rising up inside, am terrified I might break out in a cold sweat or forget what I’m supposed to talk about.  I guess that’s natural really. Deep down inside, I am really looking forward to Wednesday with confidence but still I feel like jelly today.

Hoping your day is a happy one. Attached is the invitation from AstraZeneca.   Gavin

Invitation to you as a member of  Klubben at AstraZeneca Mölndal

Gavin Hill; author and student assistant from Kungsbacka. Gavin will talk about his early life, moving to Sweden, his addiction and how he turned his life in the right direction.

Wednesday 29th February Welcome! Please register for this enlightening breakfast event – 07:30 to 09:00 in Epsilon.Breakfast is served in the Café from 07:15. If you come directly to the lecture, feel free to bring your breakfast into Epsilon. Notification requested by 24th of February. Don’t forget to notify any allergy or special diet.

GAVIN L. HILL

British author and motivational speaker

web site: www.gavinhill.se

Author of series of adult novels, poetry, children’s books, fact books and theatre productions complete with original songs on CD; performed in Europe and U.S.A.

Published novels:
The Maze, June 2009
The Blood Tree, April 2010
The Changling, November 2011
The Watchman, Release Date 2012

About Gavin Hill

Mr. Hill tours; speaking about anti-bullying issues and his interesting journey from childhood to adulthood.

He holds seminars and novel events in both Europe and in America.

He is co-owner of ‘Sweet Conclusions’, an exclusive art company, taking his inspiring verses combined with one of a kind photography and newly released book … Reflections Upon the Waters of Life.

He works with special needs children, promoting better lifestyles.

He has raised substantial amounts of money for abused children through sponsored walks, children’s days and musical concerts.

He is partly responsible for raising money to build a play park for disabled children.

The lecture will be in English!

 

 

 

 

 

6 Responses

  1. Christina Blomberg

    Gavin…

    What you do for kids in need warms my heart.
    You will do just fine at Astra Zeneca. I wish I could be there in the audience.

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