Lockdown Exploits

When lockdown began, my husband Peter and I knew we had a chance to put a long-held ambition into practice; to draw together all the tools and techniques we had delivered as leadership trainers and taken onboard as individuals committed to personal development. The result is a self-help book called Finding Happiness after Covid 19. Why the name? A lot of people are questioning whether the way we led our lives really did support our needs for happiness and fulfilment. It’s designed to help people explore what they understand by happiness, draw up an action plan and finally a section on how to understand some of the obstacles which often sabotage our attempts to make life changes.

The book is available on Amazon for £2.43 and has been designed as an ebook with plenty of colour diagrams and links to useful websites to make it as user friendly as possible. We hope to have a free promotion in August some time.


New Poetry Collection by Derek Healy

Gloucestershire poet Derek Healy (recently exiled to the Malverns) has just had his second full length collection published. Called "Home", it is produced by Graffiti Books, costs £7, and is available to buy here or from Derek by email: dch.derekhealy@gmail.com

"Derek Healy writes beautifully. Lyrically rich, vividly imagistic, poignant and moving, these poems stay with you long after their reading." Anna Saunders

"His skilful use of form, as well as free verse, is a joy." Rona Laycock

"... ranges through lyrical reflection and wry, self-deprecatory humour to the raw honesty of his evocative musings on man's insignificance in the grand scheme of things.". Marilyn Timms


Cheryl Burman's Free Fantasy Trilogy

Cheryl is a Gloucestershire-based writer who has recently re-launched her fantasy trilogy, Guardians of the Forest.

It is free to download on kindle 22nd May - 23rd June.

Click here for more information.


Alison Mace's second poetry collection

Alison's first collection, Man at the Ice House, was published in December 2019. Her second collection is now due to be published by Dempsey & Windle in the autumn of 2020.

 

A special note from Alison about getting your work published.

I entered my work into the Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Competition 2019; it didn't win, but it was recognised and chosen for later publication. For anybody trying to get their work published, this shows just how worthwhile it is to enter competitions, especially, perhaps, those for pamphlets or longer poetry collections.


Local author, Lois Kingscott, publishes children's picture book

Lois's recently published children's picture book, Dave and Darcy Go to the Beach, is based on her horse, Dave, who is one of the ponies at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled.

Lois will be donating a percentage of the profits from this first book to the charity, and has ideas for future books, with the hopes or raising even more money.

Click here for more information and to give your support!


Gloucestershire Poet, Alison Mace, to appear at London Spring Festival

Gloucestershire writer, Alison Mace, will be introducing her first poetry collection, Man at the Ice House, published December 2019 by The High Window Press, at the Spring Festival of The Second Light Network of Women Poets.

The Festival takes place at the Artworkers' Guild in London on 22nd and 23rd May; poets will introduce their work with short readings at the start of the open mic sessions that end each day.

Alison lives in the Forest of Dean and co-runs the NaCOT poetry-writing group, which meets near Cheptsow and is involved with PIPs (Poets in Progress) and Dean Writers' Circle. She has always written poetry, and last year was lucky enough to be offered publication of a first collection by The High Window Press.

Man at the Ice House has four sections: one, a sequence dealing with her early life and the loss of her mother; another, a novelistic sequence telling the story of her formidable American aunt and family; and two sections of general interest, including poetry of place and nature. Her book was launched in Chepstow in December and can be bought online from Amazon and from the publishers.


Barry Faulkner books...

Local writer Barry Faulkner has to books out in February...

Book 10 in the Amazon best selling DCS Palmer and The Met's Serial Murder Squad series. THE BODYBUILDER. Not for the squeamish, Palmer's following a trail of bodies that all have one limb missing. Is somebody building a body, and if so why?  ebook £1.99  pprback £7.99

 

Factual book, LONDON CRIMES  being the youngest of an extended South London family of petty criminals who ran with the Richardson Gang 1950s-80s. Although my mother, who was a top fashion model at the time was determined her youngest would not follow in the family career path, with the house often full of villains I had a first-hand introduction to them and their ways. This book is a factual record and in-depth look of the London 'geezers', their gangs and their heists 1930s-present day. includes Brinks Mat, Great Train Robbery, Hatton Garden, Baker Street Bank and Princess Margaret naughty photos etc.. etc..  ebook £1.99  pprback £7.99

I'll also be giving a humorous illustrated talk on London Crime to the Fladbury WI on March 9th and also giving the talk at the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival on April 25th.

 

Barry Faulkner

email:  barryfaulkner1@btopenworld.com


Maria Stadnicka - 'Somnia' Book launch

My next poetry collection, SOMNIA is published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, editor Alec Newman, with cover artwork by painter Mark Mawer.

 The launch will be at The Museum in the ParkStroud, Thursday 5th December 2019, at 7.30pm and it will feature guests Uta Baldauf, performer, and poets David Clarke, Adam Horovitz and Philip Rush.

 About SOMNIA: 

Writer Ian Seed (author of New York Hotel, a TSL Book of the Year) wrote: ‘one of the best books of poetry I've read this year is Maria Stadnicka's extraordinarily vivid collection, Somnia.' 
 
'Stadnicka’s poetics is one of craftmanship, wherein she carefully walks the tightrope of surreal poetic metaphor and the gritty realism of investigative journalism and broadcasting.’ (Briony Hughes, writer and critic, Stride Magazine, October 2019)
 
‘Somnia is consistently alluring and enigmatic in its poetic voice. What compels it’s Stadnicka’s calm creativity in conveying the horrors and/or abstractions of these – her poetic voice completely comfortable in its suggestiveness: inventive, provoking, highly visual.' (Mike Ferguson, writer and critic, International Times, September 2019)
'Create dangerously.'
 
Maria Stadnicka

Book Launch - Abdul-Ahad Patel

I am holding a book launch at The Wilson in Cheltenham on 31/08/2019 at 2PM.
The event is invite only for 50 limited edition copies of my short-story ‘The Ghost of Shaolin’. All books have been handmade by myself and graphic design artist Adam Taie.
The event will consist of an opening with Qu’ran recitation and translation from my cousin and singer Ishaq Patel. A talk from my father and artist Abdul-Rasheed Patel regarding his illustration contribution to the book. Poetry and awareness of oppression currently happening in China by Flo Poet Annotate (Liam Spencer). To close the event I will be talking about the book and the making of. With the last section a chance for attendees to purchase a copy.
If you would like to attend - please contact Abdul-Ahad through his web site.
Abdul-Ahad Patel.

Carolyn Shanti - Book Launch

‘Trap, Prey, Lust' by Carolyn Shanti

 

Carolyn Shanti is a Cheltenham writer whose book ‘Trap, Prey, Lust’ concerns

the hidden sexual crimes of the rich and famous.  The book will be launched by her publisher on 26th February in London.

Although the book is a novel about sexual crimes against women and children it is based on the author’s own story of ritual abuse that she experienced as a child.

The book is already up on worldwide Amazon. Pre-orders can be made on Amazon, Waterstones and Carolyn's own website for the book.

www.carolynshanti.com