Every year I promise myself to be more organized with my research into national anniversaries – the more obscure the better.
You see my thinking is that if I can target a short story/article around that theme it will enhance my prospects of securing a sale. And if the event isn’t all that well known then it’s even better.
So I’m more than a little miffed to discover that the anniversary of the ancient Celtic Beltane Fire Festival (May 1) is upon us again. Why didn’t I think about this six months ago, when there would have been plenty of time to pitch ideas to editors?
I’m consoling myself with the knowledge that there are limitless more opportunities out there. I just need to be better organized.
For instance, did you know that January 28th next year will be the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice being published in the UK? There must be a short story in there somewhere.
Or that December 12 will be the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Peace Protest at Greenham Common? That’s when 30,000 women held hands and formed a human chain around the 14.5 kilometres perimeter fence.
And on November 25, dear old Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play, The Mousetrap, celebrates its opening at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. (So to speak.) See what I mean? The whole thing’s fascinating.
I got my dates here – http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/ – and there are plenty more of them out there. But be warned. It’s so easy to get carried away by research, especially when every item you check turns out to be more interesting than the last.