Campari Orange withdrawal symptoms after living it up in Venice.

I know a lot of you have been worried about me. You all think that I will find it hard adjusting to getting back home to Lewes in England after two glorious weeks on holiday in Venice where, amongst other things (honestly) I hung around in bars, restaurants and, yes, bars, drinking more than one Campari Orange. Well, let’s be frank, you can’t really spend any time in Venice without succumbing to the charm of that most Italian of drinks. I can’t anyway.

I know it’s tough coming home – I arrived back in Lewes on Midsummer’s Day with temperatures not too shocking lower than they were for most of the time in Venice, the sun was shining and my roses had kept some of their glory for my return.

In fact my small urban garden was rather inviting.

 The roses were happy to entertain…I planted all David Austin roses six years ago when I remade this garden from scratch. This year, they look as if they had always been there – Benjamin Britten, Danse de Feu and Brother Cadfael blended nicely into a cocktail of reds and pinks….

…in fact everything in my garden had sprung up since I went away…Golden Celebration was in full bloom…

… the roses were centre stage…Iceberg has never looked so good….

and Mortimer Sackler was at its sensational best. What else could a man need on a day such as this?

Why, a Campari Orange, of course.

My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.

It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region’s Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:
…or from Book Depository:

…or from Amazon:’s%20Summer%20Of%20love



Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013

Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology

Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology

Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South’s unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.

The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present

Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal

Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.

In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An “uncommon anthology” of images, fragments, stories and poetry.

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