Saturday, July 31, 2021

Build a Book Workshop

 

 

 This step-by step guide for teachers and writers, and the photocopiable resource that goes with it, show you how to organise creative-writing workshops with a difference and with a very tangible end product. Your students can see their work turned into a real book that has a spine and can sit on a shelf, raising money for charity at the same time.


Students will:
•Improve their writing
•Write with a purpose
•Learn about commerce and enterprise
•Engage with the local and wider community

Teachers and writers will learn how to:
•Plan and organise your workshops
•Get the best writing out of your students
•Maximise the impact of your book
•Build a book with little or no financial outlay

RRP: £1.99 

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ISBN: 9780956868015  / 9780956868008
 
 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Voices of Angels

 

Do you believe in angels? This collection of fictional short stories explores encounters with angels - in whatever form they take. Some stories are sad, some are funny; all will touch you. The collection includes a new story by Laura Wilkinson, author of "BloodMining" (winner of the Bridge House Debut Novel Competition 2010). The foreword is written by TV and Radio Presenter, Gloria Hunniford, and for every copy sold a donation will be made to her cancer charity: The Caron Keating Foundation - set up in her daughter's memory.

 

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Contributors: 
Raphaela Bruckdorfer, Carol Croxton, Sarah Evans, Kirsty Ferry, Shirley Golden, Maria Herring, Misha Herwin, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, A.J Kirby, Katie Lilly, David R Morgan, Norma Murray, A.J Spindle, Holly Stacey, Sally Tarpey, Alison Wells, Laura Wilkinson.   
ISBN: 978-1-907335-15-0 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Best of CafeLit 2011

  

Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what’s the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You’ll find most drinks in our drinks index.

 

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A wonderful 'dip into' book to have near or as a travel/waiting room read. The range of styles/subject matter/length is perfect and well chosen by the editor/s. Some stories linger in the mind, 'SHELLS' eg is haunting and touching - a few moments in time with huge dimensions.  
 
Contributors:
Lauren Bannister, Trevor Belshaw, Charlie Britten, Gavin Broom, Patsy Collins, Julie-Ann Corrigan,
Sam Davis, Charlotte Dicey, Shan Ellis, Rebecca Emin, Sarah Evans, Kirsty Ferry, Brenda Gunning,
Bill Haddow-Allen, Louise Hastings, Nichola Johnson, Susan Jones, Alix Parker, Danielle Smith, Lynley Stace, Rich Styles.  
 
ISBN: 9780956868039 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

On This Day

 

Everyone remembers what they were doing when the shocking news broke: when Kennedy was shot, when Princess Diana died and when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Centre on 9/11. Yet everyday lives continued with their own ups and downs. This collection shows us some of those possible stories and how they are gently connected with the day's world shattering event. A percentage of the author royalties will be donated to International Rescue Training Centre Wales (IRTCW), who provide search and rescue dogs to the Emergency services.
 
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Contributors:
Alexandra Bockfeldt,  Darci Bysouth, Kathy Cakebread, Leela Dutt, Su Edmonds, Lexie Elliott, Sarah Evans, L.G Flannigan, Sue Holt, Jaki McCarrick, Libby O’Loghlin, Clarissa Pattern, Henrietta Richer,
Denise St Clair, Graham Taylor.  
ISBN: 9781907335211 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Calling for Angels

 

 

 
 
 
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This is a wonderful debut novel. I really enjoyed the relationship that Em had with Kai. The story is basically from Em's point of view but there are parts when Kai is telling the story. Kai is a very interesting character sent to help her with her problems and I wish I had learned more about him. The beginning was a little slow moving but it picked up quickly. The story was sad, funny, romantic, emotional and has a wonderful ending. I recommend this book for teens and the young at heart. Great Job, Alex.
 
Many Young Adult books written by adults often have that sense of "would a fourteen year old do/say/think that?". Calling for Angels absolutely has no issue with this at all. The author was fourteen-years-old when she wrote this book (she's now sixteen) - the same age as the character - which gives the story and the characters something extra; that sense of realism that doesn't always come across. Even with the story being about angels, it's easy to believe how the characters relate to each other and how they're feeling. 
 
The storyline is really interesting, and most teens (and adults) will relate to both the characters, and the emotional storyline. I think Alex, who was 14 at the time of writing this, has breathed life into a lot of subjects very close to home for most teens, and in a short story too (150 pages)....subjects such as loneliness, fitting in, being yourself and school bullies and friendships are all covered, and are just as relevant to adults as to teens.
 
ISBN: 978-1-907335-09-9 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Crime After Crime

 

 
 
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Just after reading this book for the second time and I have to say I still found it a very enjoyable read.I like the mix of authors, especially the local ( to me ) ones.Cathy Cole's story, A killer Week was very reminiscent of Colin Bateman's style,with local references and a chilling imminence as well.The way the story unfolds leaves you urgently wanting to turn to the next page to see how the story plays out.
All in all a thrilling story in a thrilling book.  
 
Sharp, scary, dark, intriguing, captivating, amazing, just how you expect a crime story to be, and yet, unexpected, mind blowing, takes your breath away.  
 
Really enjoyed reading these short stories and looking forward to the possibility of some more from these talented New authors  
 
Contributors  
Cathy Cole, Kirsty Ferry, Jane Isaac, Gerry McCullough, Sam Millar, CD Mitchell, Don Nixon, Stephen Puleston, Paula Readman, Kate Tough, L. A. Wilson, Jr.. 
ISBN: 978-1-907335-24-2
 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Otherwhere and Elsewhen

 

 
 
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If you love Si-FI then you should defiantly get this. The Authors have great imaginations and have created some fantastic worlds.
 
Bought this book as like sci fi stories. Really enjoyed it, some great short stories. Great book to pick up and just read.  
 
Contributors
Philip T Brewster, Julie-Ann Corrigan, K.S. Dearsley, Phil Hodgkiss, Dawn Knox, Jeff Laurents, Shirley Percy, A.J. Spindle, Damian Steadman, Donald Stevens, Yvonne Eve Walus, Nick White.  
ISBN: 9781907335235
 

 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Best of CafeLit 2012

 

 
 
 
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Gail Aldwin, Sarah Bakewell, Lindsay Bamfield, Trevor Belshaw, Charlie Britten, Patsy Collins, Jessica Cooke, Julie-Ann Corrigan, Dorothy Davies, Marie Fullerton,Rai Jayne, Kathleen Jones, Melissa Kay, Rose Kelland,Philip Mallinson,  Jackie Morrissey, Roger Noons, Geoff Steckles, Maureen Vincent-Northam.
ISBN: 9780956868084
 



Saturday, July 17, 2021

Something Hidden

 

 

 There is something hidden, something darker and something challenging behind that placid veneer of calmness we so often see in everyday life. We asked for something a little darker for our latest short story competition. The entrants certainly supplied that. In this anthology we've collected the strongest. Each of the stories makes you think.

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Loved this story in particular as it resonated with me but all of the stories were enjoyable and well written.
 
Contributors:  
Farah Ahamed, Arevalo, Antonia Chain, Jeanne Davies, Linda Flynn, Edward Fraser, Sarah Hegarty, Alison Lock, Michael Marrett-Crosby, Deborah Rickard, Aline P’nina Tayar, Graham Taylor, Bunny Vincent (Nina Miralles), Steve Wade, David West.  
ISBN: 9781907335310  
 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

XY

 

 

 

Fifteen-year-old Jesse lives in a society where babies are born neither male nor female - gender is assigned at birth. Will the secret she closely guards be found out? Boyfriend Zeus, mother Ana's Natural Souls, and new friend Ork, leader of We Are One, pull Jesse in different directions, forcing her to make her own mind up about who she really is.

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Unique and fascinating exploration of sexuality through the lens of young adult dystopian fiction. Engaging characters and a fast moving plot made this a page turner that I was sad to finish. Shanta Everington has managed the difficult task of creating something new and exciting in the young adult fiction. A quality, enjoyable, thought provoking read for both young adults and adults alike. Loved it!! 
 


ISBN: 9781907335327

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Best of CafeLit 3

 

 

Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what's the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You'll find most drinks in our drinks index.

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I gave this book five stars because of the diversity of the stories within, some very short but none the less enjoyable. It covers a wide variety of human emotion, humour, sadness, anger, happiness. Its all in this delightful book just waiting for you to delve in. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes well written tale.
 
There is something in this book to suit every taste and mood. The stories range from 100 word pieces to the more usual 1500 - 2000 words magazine type short story. Each story has a drink assigned to it to reflect the flavour of the tale itself. There are stories that made me laugh and some wonderful twist endings, especially in the very short tales. Prayers by Roger Noons has a twist at the end which turns the mood of the whole story, made me shudder and he manages this in the last six words, a great achievement. This is a great book for dipping into and is the perfect size to slip into bags etc for the daily bus or train commute. I can't see how anything in this book could've been left out and highly recommend this. 
 
Contributors:
Gail Aldwin, Lindsay Bamfield, Trevor Belshaw, Carol Bevitt, Charlie Britten, Margaret Bulleyment, Janet Bunce, Steven Chapman, Patsy Collins, Julie-Ann Corrigan, Jacki Donnellan, Susan Eames, Tracy Fells, Jo Fino, James Foreman, Marie Fullerton, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, David Hook, Dawn Knox, Daniel Lamb, Helen Laycock, Roger Noons, Jenny Palmer, Paula R C Readman, Elliot Sampford, Olivia Smith, Angela South, Betty Taylor. 
ISBN: 9781910542002   

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Light in the Dark

 


 
We asked for stories that would make readers think. We certainly got them. Some edge towards the dark, though all have some closure and turn back towards the light. Just as Advent time rushes towards the darkest days so that we can return to the light, these twenty-four stories bring light into our dark.
 
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Sarah Bakewell, Ruth Cowling, Tracy Davidson, Daniel Dowsing, Sarah Evans, Jesse Falzoi, James Farnham, Tracy Fells, Athol Henry, Marc Owen Jones, Catrin Kean, Madeleine McDonald, Don Nixon,
Ben Osborn, Paula R.C. Readman, L F Roth, Glynis Scrivens, Helen Shay, Matthew Temple, The Viking, Melanie Whipman, Anne Wilson, William Wilson. 
 
ISBN: 9781907335372
 
 
 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Snowflakes

 

 

Our theme for 2015 is snowflakes. Stories that contain snowflakes and that are like snowflakes. Unique and perfectly formed. As they melt into the psyche they bring a life-sustaining force. Snow can be beautiful and it can be treacherous. It can swing from one extreme to another in seconds. It is an important part of the nature cycle. Here you will find that our writers have risen to the challenge.

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A very good read. As with all anthologies everybody will have their favourites. I think two of the stories deserve a special mention as stand-out fabulous for me. 'Eight Hours Going Nowhere' by Sarah Evans was so simple yet brilliant in its execution. A story that will stay with me for a long time. As will the beautifully written 'Undertow' by Clare Weze - a stunning story about a young boy falling in love with an unwittingly bewitching traveler who passed through his small California town. I look forward to reading more from these wonderful writers.  
 
Great collection of fresh, innovative and moving stories. Best read near a roaring fire, as some of the stories are chilling indeed. Highly recommended  
 
Excellent stories from a range of talented authors. Really enjoyed the story by Tracey Holland, brought back many memories of my own childhood.   
 
Contributors 
Sally Angell, Christopher Bowles, Paul Bradley, Margaret Bulleyment, Derek Corbett, Jeanne Davies,
Linda Edmondson, Sarah Evans, Jo Fino, L.G. Flannigan, Linda Flynn, Shirley Hammond, T. D. Holland, David Hook, Vanessa Horn, Roger A. Price, Paula R. C. Readman, L F Roth, Glynis Scrivens, Dianne Stadhams, Mike Scott Thomson, The Viking, Steve Wade, Clare Weze.  
ISBN: 9781907335402  

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Best of CafeLit 4

 

Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what's the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You'll find most drinks in our drinks index. 

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I'm not reviewing my own contribution to this book (honestly!) but I should add that I really enjoyed the rest of the stories in this collection. There's a nice balance of stories (in tone and in length) and is a perfect volume for dipping into.  
 
If you enjoy short stories, then you'll love this collection. Even if you're not a fan, I urge you you to read this, you won't be disappointed. This collection takes us from the idyllic Butterfly Ballet through a child's priorities in Remembering Trivia, and dark tales in Stump Road and Sick Note. There's the fun title of Sex on the Beach, about a crab and his attempts to reach his unrequited love. Read it in one sitting, as I did, or dip into it over a cup of coffee, and enjoy. 
Contributors:   
Sarah Barry, Charlie Britten, Janet Bunce, Alan Cadman, David Deanshaw, Susan Eames, Angela Haffenden, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, David Hook, Gill James, Susan May James, Helen Laycock , A C Macklin, Jessica Madge, Roger Noons, Alison Peden,, James Phillips, Dani Steen, Kate Stuart, Allison Symes. 
ISBN: 9781910542026  

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