This site is being created as part of my campaign to raise awareness of the great, English author H.E. Bates whose best known works include The Darling Buds of May, My Uncle Silas and Love for Lydia - all made famous by TV adaptations.
While it is true that his work is highly regarded and that many of his books remain in print over 35 years since his death, very few people under the age of forty are aware of the author.
It could be said that the works of H.E. Bates are unfashionable and I feel that any campaign to promote the authors life and works must use a modern and contemporary approach to attract new readers. In the same way that Morris dancing, real ale and even being English have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years, so I would like to see the works of Bates become fashionable once more.
Assuming that a high proportion of the target audience have access to the internet, I will be embracing it as much as possible to reach out to a wider audience using this website, email, blogging and social networking sites such as Facebook. I will also be looking at using T-shirts, mugs, badges and other merchandise as a way of raising awareness of the H.E. Bates name.
This website is very much in it's infancy and I will be adding new sections in the coming week. In the meantime, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on H.E. Bates - his life and his works - and your ideas for raising awareness of the author.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to the Bates family for their support of this campaign. With their backing, I'm sure we can all make this campaign a success and get the great man the recognition he so deserves.
Martin Rowsell - 16th May 2009