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Eileen Kay

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Eileen is a former comedienne who went around the world working in Fair Trade.

She's worked on London’s stand-up comedy circuit, was half of send-up magic act Dork and Tacky, and was KISS-FM’s radio co-presenter Carmen Ghia, of whom the Guardian said, ‘She can make the Hanger Lane Gyratory sound like a deviant sexual act. Put her in charge of all radio jingles immediately’.

She's done TV voice-overs, directed the comedy sketch show pilot Spontaneous Combustion, and her dramatic film Refugees won praise and prizes at international festivals. Her stage play Little White Lies was produced last year in Scotland. This is her first travel book.

For eight years she was the entire staff of www.eileensimports.co.uk, a member of The World Fair Trade Association, and has worked with groups in Nepal, India, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Peru. Most were abandoned wives and mothers living near the poverty line, so it was reassuring how much giggling went on, and mealtimes were always a revelation.

Born and raised in the USA, she fled as soon as she could. She lived in the UK for nearly thirty years and is now a sickeningly proud British citizen. What's not clear is exactly how she'll get back to Thailand.


She seeks representation by a literary agent.

favourite books

Reading Lolita in Teheran - Azar Nafisi
The Road to McCarthy - Pete McCarthy
Travels with Myself and Another - Martha Gellhorn
Black Elk Speaks - John Neihardt
As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela - Mark Thomas
South from the Limpopo - Dervla Murphy
Start Where You Are - Pema Chodron
Flatland - Edwin Abbott
Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that made a Nation - John Carlin
Tuesdays With Morrie, and Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom


Reading Policy:

I am happily available for trading reads and comments, dependant on time. I always return a read. Usually I can read the first chapter only, but I comment as fully and helpfully as I can. Please get in touch if this sort of trade suits you.

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my books

Noodle Trails: Fair Trade, Dun....

Eileen Kay

Comedienne and Fair Trade importer loses everything including her sanity and travels through Thailand in search of solace, mangoes, and food for the soul.


Eileen is off to Thailand, like many winters before. Then it was sun, sand and samples of souvenirs, but not now: she's broke, alone and discouraged. This trip could be her last.

She will bid fond farewells to her trading partners: effervescent Mr Wanchai of Elephant Dung Paper, Mrs ‘Call Me Aunty’ who invented recycled newspaper weaving, and dynamic Boontam who keeps her neighbourhood alive by carving things from coconuts.

She trawls through Bangkok slums, mountain-top weaving collectives, ratty beach huts, and deserted towns near the war-torn Malaysian border. Her grass–roots, first-hand experience in the global Fair Trade network proves that even one lone woman can make a difference in a world of economic elephants.

Her humorous travel journals are the basis of this eccentric, free-spirited memoir and personal love letter to all the Thai people who befriended her. Best of all, she's wrong: it’s not a farewell journey after all. Tsunamis, heartbreaks, and other losses can be survived: hers, theirs or anyone's.

The Noodle Trail contains edible insects, tough questions, out-loud laughs, ambushes of poignancy, and an awful lot of elephant dung.

 

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About the synopsis / jacket blurb: it's an imaginative plot, and that aspect grabbed me. I like the innocent witness set-up, always do. I'd have been grabbed all the more if there were just one little phrase to characterise the rebel girlfriend, and come to think of it, maybe one descriptive adjec... view book

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This pitch has a mysterious tone, and one which suggests it's a story for women readers mainly, I think, although "Chick Lit" doesn't sound like the right category. I don't know which one does, but categories don't always tell us everything we need to know, after all. At the end of the pitch, whe... view book

I wrote 412 days ago

The pitch is quite intriguing, and I think you could have more hooking-in potential, so to speak, if you told us just a tiny bit more about what will or might unfold when she uncomfortably joins this cold, unwelcoming household. The set-up as described is nice and tense and clear, but what exactly ... view book

I wrote 413 days ago

The pitch has a lot of sass and style, and a good sense of humour. It's excellent that it draws on the author's long time spent in this city, and the authenticity will be welcome. There's clearly both drama and sleeze galore, and basically the pitch did its thing because I want to read this now.... view book

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This is the first time ever on this site that a pitch did everything I needed, hooked me right in, and what's more, came in at well under the maximum word count. I'd say that's a job very well done. This does sound thrilling and humorous both, in a tasty historical setting, and I like the main ing... view book

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