Come down to the beach, the books are lovely!
Are you a writer wanting to get into print? You’ll love the free workshops and other bookish events at the Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival. This Somerset seaside town is a hive of activity for book lovers from 22nd February to 1st March this year. Best of all, everything is FREE. I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion about independent publishing at 7pm on 22nd February, with other respected authors who either publish themselves or work with small literary fiction publishers. Book your free ticket before they’re all gone!
Easy reading with large print
Did you know 10% of us are dyslexic? I believe everyone deserves a paperback that’s easy to read, so I’m thrilled to have published a new large print dyslexia-friendly version of crime thriller After The Interview. There are brand-new covers for the traditional paperback and e-book editions as well (all links I’ve given are for Amazon UK, but the book is also available on other Amazon sites and on iBooks, Kobo etc). The cover artist is Paul Humphreys of Inky Book Covers. He’s also produced brilliant covers for other writers, like best-selling suspense thriller writer Barbara Copperthwaite. My Trail series of crime thrillers is already on sale in a choice of formats – find out more here.
Do you like meeting writers? I love meeting readers, and I’ll keep you posted about live readings of my fiction both on this page and in my newsletter (sign up here and get a free e-book). Here’s what’s coming next:
FREE Tippling Tales at the Gunmakers Arms, celebrating World Book Day, at 7-9pm on 1st March. If you love a great story and a friendly atmosphere, grab a free ticket now! I’ll be sharing the stage with some of the fabulously talented Solihull Writers and other local poets and short story authors.
At last! After launching The Grass Trail in Birmingham and Bristol last year, I’m finally having a launch party in London! It’s at Hatchards in St Pancras station, 6-8pm on Friday 2nd March. Hatchards is one of the upmarket shops near the Eurostar terminal; there’s a champagne bar upstairs if you decide to make a night of it afterwards. The launch event is FREE, it’s been organised by the fabulous folk at Novel London, and I’m sharing the evening with film-maker Edward Milner!
Tamworth Literary Festival has arranged a cracking crime story panel on Thursday 8th March! At 7.30pm at the Globe Inn, I’ll join Rob Sinclair, Darren Young and Jayne Harris for a grilling about crime thrillers from ex-policeman Garry Hyde. Tickets are £6 each. Get them from email@example.com or phone 07562 653565/ 07913 686295
Saturday 21st April sees the Hawkesbury Upton Litfest, when a chocolate-box pretty Cotswolds village overflows with bookish events. Do join me for a weekend in the country! Then it’s back to town for Derby’s Oakwood Bookfest on Saturday 12th May. Both festivals are jam-packed with readings, workshops and panel events, and they’re both FREE.