#6x6readingcafe @Writingcafe6X6 @Jancoledwards @MishaHerwin #free #reader #writer #events in #stokeontrent #supportinglocaltalent @SoTLibraries @SOTCulture #localandproud

Hi! Do you live in, or around, Stoke-on-Trent? If yes then why not come along to the 6×6 Reading Café…..

6X6 Reading Café

6x6 December

This is always a lovely evening and is becoming increasingly popular. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 11 December, 7-8.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. By popular request, this will be a seasonal evening, with readings that echo the time of year – be that Christmas, Yule, New Year or other Winter/December celebrations.

For details of how to submit your work, go to the Writing Guidelines page at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/  The submissions window opens 1st October and ends 25th November. If you’re not reading your work aloud, you are very welcome to come, listen and give your support.

This event is free, but tickets should be booked in advance.

Tel: 01782 238455 Email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk

 

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Winter Downs #BookLaunch @Jancoledwards @SoTLibraries @penkhullpress @sot2021

Congratulations to Jan Edwards who has won the Arnold Bennett Book Prize for the wonderful Winter Downs! A very well deserved win! I thought I’d re-blog the lovely memories from the book launch. You will find the link to buy in the original post. I highly recommend you add it to your list, if you haven’t already read it.

Chat About Books

Yesterday I attended Jan Edwards’ book launch for Winter Downs at City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, along with my Mum, Gill and friend, Gayle 🙂  

Those who I am friends with on Facebook may have already seen my photos but I thought I would share them in a blog post as it was such a lovely event!

The launch had a 1940’s tea and cakes theme which was lovely 🙂 (All homemade too!)

It started at 11.30am, where we were greeted with a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as delicious cakes…..

…..We bought our books ready for signing…..

Winter Downs…..then we were treated to a couple of lovely readings…..

…..before the lady herself, Jan Edwards, read us the opening of Winter Downs…..

Afterwards, there was a lovely Q&A. Lots of interesting questions with very articulate answers and some discussion around the room amongst a friendly and supportive…

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#Free #Reader #Writer #Event 6X6Writingcafe @Writingcafe6X6 @SoTLibraries with @Jancoledwards & @MishaHerwin

Reminder!

At a loose end this evening? Get yourself down to the library for this lovely quarterly event. It’s always a great evening!

6x6 June

6X6 Reading Café

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. Join us for the ever-popular 6X6 Reading Café, where local authors read and promote their work. You can see details of this month’s writers at the 6X6 blog; everyone is welcome to come, listen and support.

https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/

Contact City Central Library to book your free place

Tel: 01782 238455 Email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk

Hope to see you there!

(Thanks in advance for sharing)

 

#FlashbackFriday with @Jancoledwards @SteveScaffardi @MTilburyAuthor @RachelAmphlett #LesleyWelsh & @kerrywk

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years (since starting my blog).

Here are my reviews from June 2017…..

Winter Downs #BlogTour #BookReview @Jancoledwards @penkhullpress @BunchandDodo

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The Flood (Sex, Love and Dating Disasters Book 2) @SteveScaffardi #BookReview

The Flood cover

The Eyes of the Accused #BlogTour @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview @sarahhardy681

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Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh #BlogTour #BookReview @bookouture @KimTheBookworm

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Two Sisters #BlogTour #BookReview @kerrywk @bookouture

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Flashback Friday June 2016…..

#FlashbackFriday with @StinaLL @RebeccaJBradley @TillyTenWriter @SELynesAuthor

Have you read any of the above?

What were you reading this time last year?

Please feel free to join in with Flashback Friday and don’t forget to share your link with us in the comments if you do 🙂

Kerry x

#FlashbackFriday with @Jancoledwards @DianaJFebry @MTilburyAuthor #BookReviews

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at the books I was reading at the same time in previous years, since I’ve been blogging.

Here are my reviews from May 2017 (including a link to 2016)…..

Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by @Jancoledwards @alchemy_press #BookReview

Leinster Gardens

Bells On Her Toes by @DianaJFebry #BookReview

Bells on her Toes

The Revelation Room #BlogTour #BookReview @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

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Flashback Friday – May2016

#FlashbackFriday with @simonmaltman @KitdeWaal @JulieannDove @CathedralOfLies #BookReviews

 

Have you read any of the above?

What were you reading this time last year?

Feel free to join in with #FlashbackFriday 🙂 Don’t forget to share your link with us in the comments if you do.

Kerry x

Winter Downs #BookLaunch @Jancoledwards @SoTLibraries @penkhullpress @sot2021

Yesterday I attended Jan Edwards’ book launch for Winter Downs at City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, along with my Mum, Gill and friend, Gayle 🙂  

Those who I am friends with on Facebook may have already seen my photos but I thought I would share them in a blog post as it was such a lovely event!

The launch had a 1940’s tea and cakes theme which was lovely 🙂 (All homemade too!)

It started at 11.30am, where we were greeted with a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as delicious cakes…..

…..We bought our books ready for signing…..

Winter Downs

…..then we were treated to a couple of lovely readings…..

…..before the lady herself, Jan Edwards, read us the opening of Winter Downs…..

Afterwards, there was a lovely Q&A. Lots of interesting questions with very articulate answers and some discussion around the room amongst a friendly and supportive audience…..

…..before we all got chance to have our lovely books signed and eat more cake! 🙂

Thank you, Jan, for the invite to your book launch. We thoroughly enjoyed it and wish you every success with Winter Downs!

I highly recommend Winter Downs, if you haven’t read it already. If you wish to, you can read my review HERE 

You will find the link to buy in my review post, otherwise you can click to buy here…..

Enjoy!

Winter Downs #BlogTour #BookReview @Jancoledwards @penkhullpress @BunchandDodo

I am over the moon to be joining in with Jan Edwards’ Winter Downs blog tour! 🙂

Today is Launch Day too!!

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My review…..

(written 15th May)

Happy Launch Day to Jan Edwards and Penkhull Press! 🙂

If you enjoy historical fiction and/or a good murder mystery, then you will love Winter Downs. I haven’t read much historical fiction, as yet, but I do generally enjoy it when I do and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Bunch is a feisty character! (She very much reminds me of Mary from Downton Abbey.) She has been used to a certain way of life which has been totally turned upside down since the start of the second world war. Having to give up her home to accommodate soldiers and having to move in to the Dower house with her Grandmother doesn’t thrill her, but she accepts it’s her duty to contribute to the war effort. She is very protective of her sister, Dodo, who lost her husband to war, having only been married for a few months. The sisters are like chalk and cheese, but devoted to each other.

As their small rural community in Sussex try to adjust to rationing, black outs and other such consequences of war, they also find themselves faced with a killer on the loose. When Bunch discovers the body of her friend, Jonathan, it looks like he has taken his own life, but Bunch knows him well and is convinced he has been murdered. It will be a struggle to prove it though without getting in the way of the official investigation, which already has it’s limits due to the ongoing war. As the investigation progresses, all sorts of secrets are revealed and they are faced with more tragedy. Will they discover the truth before the body count rises?

Brilliantly written with a great mix of interesting characters and beautifully descriptive language. I was transported to rural Sussex and totally immersed in the story. I could almost feel the chill of the snowy countryside and I was as desperate as Bunch to prove her friend was murdered and to see his killer brought to justice. The conclusion is one I definitely didn’t see coming!

Oh, and I love the Sussex dialect used, although it took me a couple of re-reads to understand on occasion! 😉

Many thanks to Jan Edwards for my ARC of Winter Downs and for the opportunity to be a part of her blog tour.

***I’m looking forward to Jan Edwards’ book launch at City Central Library (Stoke-on-Trent) this morning. 1940’s tea & cakes + books. What more could you want!? 🙂 Can’t wait!***

Winter Downs by [Edwards, Jan]

Publisher: Penkhull Press; 1 edition (29th May 2017)

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?

In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

Buy a copy…..

About the author…..

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards is a Sussex-born writer now living in the West Midlands with her husband and obligatory cats. She was a Master Locksmith for 20 years but also tried her hand at bookselling, microfiche photography, livery stable work, motorcycle sales and market gardening. She is a practising Reiki Master. She won a Winchester Slim Volume prize and her short fiction can be found in crime, horror and fantasy anthologies in UK, US and Europe; including The Mammoth Book of Dracula and The Mammoth Book of Moriarty. Jan edits anthologies for The Alchemy Press and Fox Spirit Press, and has written for Dr Who spin-offs with Reel Time Pictures.

Her crime novel Winter Downs will be out 3rd June 2017.

http://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/

Jan Edwards’ Amazon Author Page

Enjoy!

 

Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by @Jancoledwards @alchemy_press #BookReview

Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by [Edwards, Jan]

Publisher: Alchemy Press; 1 edition (10th March 2015)

Fourteen short stories by Jan Edwards, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Otterburn’, plus a previously unpublished tale. “All adeptly told, often with a sense of locale and time neatly placed within the narratives. Her family history informs and inspires some of her stories. Folklore figures as a focus in more than one story, whether urban myth or historical lore. But ghostly they are and deceptively disturbing.” (42,000 words)

My review…..

Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties is like nothing I’ve ever read before. I don’t read many short stories and I always struggle to review them when I do, but I would highly recommend you give these stories a go, if you haven’t already. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading something completely different.

Each story is unique and some are quite dark and creepy, but they’re not your ‘typical’ ghost stories. As the title suggests, they are subtly eerie. Each story transports you to another time and place and I found myself engrossed in the characters and their stories. Each one demands your attention and holds it with wonderful description and dialogue.

I thought Nanna Barrows would be my favourite, until I read R for Roberta, then I changed my mind again when I read Redhill Residential, then The Clinic, then Wade’s Run………

Now I’m not sure which is my favourite, but if I had to pick one I’d probably go with Wade’s Run, but all are beautifully written and thought provoking.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Jan Edwards’ writing.

Buy a copy…..

About the author…..

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards is a Sussex-born writer now living in the West Midlands with her husband and obligatory cats. She was a Master Locksmith for 20 years but also tried her hand at bookselling, microfiche photography, livery stable work, motorcycle sales and market gardening. She is a practising Reiki Master. She won a Winchester Slim Volume prize and her short fiction can be found in crime, horror and fantasy anthologies in UK, US and Europe; including The Mammoth Book of Dracula and The Mammoth Book of Moriarty. Jan edits anthologies for The Alchemy Press and Fox Spirit Press, and has written for Dr Who spin-offs with Reel Time Pictures.

Her crime novel Winter Downs will be out 3rd June 2017.

http://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/

Jan Edwards’ Amazon Author Page

Enjoy!

6×6 Reading Café #FreeEvent @SoTLibraries with @Jancoledwards @MishaHerwin

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The list of readers has been announced for the next 6X6 Reading Café, where we can look forward to hearing from Sarah Akhtar, Adam Boustead, Stephanie Hutton, Jem Shaw, Jason Smith and Debbie Voisey. Do come along to support our fantastic local writers – it’s always a great evening, and tickets are free.

6X6 Reading Café takes place on Tuesday 14 March, 7pm, at City Central Library, Hanley (doors open from 6.30pm). You can book your place by phoning 01782 238455, or email central.library@stoke.gov.uk

If you’d like to know more about 6X6, take a look at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/6x6reading/

Always a lovely evening! I’m looking forward to attending with my friend Gayle, my Mum Gill, and Sister Laura 🙂

Our first #Stoke-on-Trent #bookblogger / #author #meetup – 12th May 2018 😊

Hiya! 🙂

I was so overwhelmed with the response to our first ever book blogger / author meet up in Stoke-on-Trent! It was the most amazing day filled with some of the most amazing bloggers and authors you are ever likely to meet. A big thank you to the very lovely Steph Lawrence for organising the whole thing with me. I had the best time and I can’t thank those who came along enough. You are all awesome!

There are a few who sadly couldn’t attend in the end and they were very much missed. I have my fingers crossed that they will make the next one.

I managed to get lots of lovely photo’s and I wanted to share them with you all. Please check out everyone’s blogs/websites etc.

The venue

North Stafford

Me and my partner in crime, Steph 😉

Me and Steph

Steph blogs at https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com/

Me and my beautiful daughter, Taylor, who is an aspiring author and has already had a short story published 🙂

Me and Taylor

Waiting for everyone to arrive!

Taylor, me and Steph

Susan Hampson who blogs at https://booksfromdusktilldawn.blog/

Susan Hampson

Tess Makovesky – author – http://tessmakovesky.com/

Tess Makovesky

Carla Kovach – author – http://carlakovach.com/

Carla Kovach

Nia Ireland who blogs at https://themostsublime.com/

Nia Ireland

Stacey Garrity who blogs at https://whisperingstories.com/

Stacey Garrity

Alison Lingwood – author – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alison-Lingwood/e/B00J951G3M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1526302687&sr=8-1

Alison Lingwood

Jan Edwards – author – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Edwards/e/B009BAA3R0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1526302807&sr=8-1

Jan Edwards

Lindsay Hill who blogs at https://bookboodle.co.uk/

Lindsay Hill

Jo Robertson who blogs at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

Joanne Robertson

Authors – Jo Furniss and Mel Sherratt

http://www.jofurniss.com/

http://melsherratt.co.uk/

Jo Furniss and Mel Sherratt

Susan Boulton – author – https://www.susanjboulton.co.uk/

Susan Boulton

Peter Coleborn – Editor/Publisher – https://alchemypress.wordpress.com/

Peter Coleborn

Caroline England – author – http://carolineenglandauthor.co.uk/

Caroline England

Claire Huston and her lovely little boy 🙂

Claire blogs at https://clairehuston.co.uk/

Claire Huston

Caroline James – author – http://www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk/

Caroline James and me

Nikki Ashton – author – https://www.nikkiashtonbooks.co.uk/

Nikki Ashton

Sharon Sant aka Tilly Tennant – author – https://tillytennant.com/

Sharon Sant aka Tilly Tennant

Jen Lucas who blogs at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/ and her sister, Mandie Griffiths, who guest reviews on Jen’s blog.

Jen & Mandie

Sue Flint – writer/blogger – http://sueflintsfs.blogspot.co.uk/

Sue Flint

John Pye – author – http://cathedraloflies.com/index.html

John Pye

Other fab photo’s taken…..

I was even lucky enough to come away with two new signed books! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Signed book 1Signed book 2Signed book 3Signed book 4

A massive thank you to Carla & Tilly (Sharon) for your kindness. xx

I can’t wait to do it all again on 29th September!

Hope to see you there 🙂

Kerry xx