It's early days yet, but watch this space as we take bookings for 2021
Confirmed so far are:
Coventry Writers Group:
The CWG provides a friendly group for writers, poets, playwrights and dramatists in the local area. Our members range from those who write just for pleasure to multi published authors. We meet the first Tuesday every month at The Big Comfy Book Shop, Fargo Village, Far Gosford St., Coventry CV1 5ED.
The CWG's latest anthology is now available to buy in paperback or Kindle. Entitled, Telling Tales celebrating Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021.
Stories shape our world and the cultures within it. From the wandering bards telling tales of great battles, loves and music of a thousand years ago, to the last novel you read or movie you watched, stories are everywhere.
We hope you enjoy it and would be hugely grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads or any other platform you use. The beautiful cover has been painted by our very own Hilary Hopker.
Ann Evans (CWG)
Ann Evans is a multi-published, award-winning writer with almost 40 books to her name and many published articles in newspapers and magazines. She writes for all ages, from children’s picture books to adventure books for KS1 and KS2, Young Adult books, books for reluctant readers, plus crime thrillers and romance. She also writes non-fiction.
Ann has recently been busy creating some picture books, teaming up with photographer Rob Tysall. They feature Lazy, a British Bulldog cuddly toy who likes to visit places in the region, such as Kenilworth Castle and the British Motor Museum – but always lands in trouble! See what he’s been up to at the Southam Festival.
Ann is a member of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Crime Writers’ Association and the Coventry Writers group.
Margaret Mather (CWG)
Margaret's most recent work features two children’s picture books in rhyming verse: Monty McCory’s Christmas Story and Monty McCory’s Springtime Story. She hopes to publish two more this year and has nearly finished Monty McCory’s Summer Story, featuring Shirley, the selfish shellfish. Her books are all illustrated with lovely soft watercolour paintings by Hilary Morris.
They also have a colouring and drawing section at the back for children to use their imagination.
If Covid restrictions allow, Margaret will be reading from one of her Monty McCory books at the Southam Festival.
Margaret Mather is a freelance writer and member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, writing articles, short stories and children’s books. She has had many articles and stories published by magazines such as ‘Yours’ and ‘People’s Friend.’ She has also had children’s stories published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ magazine. Margaret is pictured here with illustrator Hilary Morris.
Their books can be bought from Amazon at:
Margaret Egrot (CWG)
Coventry based writer and blogger, Margaret Egrot, will be on the Coventry Writer's Group stall, hoping to sell you a copy of the group's latest anthology Telling Tales. She will also have copies of her two books for teenagers that were first published in America, and her collection of Shakespeare themed short stories, Cast Off. With luck she will also have copies of her family saga, Coventry Echoes, available hot off the press.
Margaret Egrot is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, occasional best seller and prize winner.
Andrew J Thomas - Entanglement
Nigel is confused when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. David’s fiancée worries when he drops out of contact. Liz doesn’t understand when her research subjects go missing. MI5 panics when a secret airbase vanishes. And a woman spends her life shifting between parallel worlds. But how can all these things be connected? Find out, as five friends unravel one mystery, only to discover something no-one had suspected, not to mention the cosmic importance of cakes.
Entanglement is a quirky mystery with a sci-fi twist which reviewers say “blends the wit of Douglas Adams with the sci-fi genius of Terry Pratchett” and “If you’re a fan of Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut or Haruki Murakami, you’ll definitely love this book
too”. Poignant yet laugh out loud funny, Entanglement weaves between the surreal and the utterly normal while telling a story of people coping when they’re out of their depth and how the choices we make can nudge us in unexpected directions.
You can buy the book here:
Andrew J Thomas was born in Bristol, England, and after writing as a hobby all his life, he became a published novelist with Entanglement. He’s inspired by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. He writes quirkily funny, sci-fi mysteries set in the current world, with characters you’d enjoy a drink with and events just strange enough to be believable. He’s written 2 other novels and 17 short stories (as yet unpublished) and is currently writing the sequel to Entanglement, Transference.
Claire Fell Machine Embroidery and Techniques
Embroidering with a sewing machine is exciting, immediate and affordable; this practical book shows you how to do it. Packed with encouraging advice, it introduces the sewing machine before explaining how to design, plan and make your own embroideries and turn them into finished items to treasure. Topics covered include: learning how to set up the machine and carry out basic cleaning and maintenance; discovering which thread types,
fabrics and mixed media elements are most suitable for machine embroideries; exploring how to use the pressure foot to turn functional utility stitches into exciting surface decoration; working freely with dropped feeder teeth and an embroidery foot, and learning how to alter the tension to create different effects and finally, using soluble film to enhance your pictures, and stitch realistic thread paintings of landscape, animal and bird embroideries. With over 900 colour photographs and illustrations, it is the perfect companion for both those new to machine embroidery and those looking for new ideas and inspiration.
Copies of the book are available from The Crowood Press
Claire Fell is a local author who lives in Long Itchington. Claire has always been drawn to art or the act of creativity in its many forms. Claire fell in love with textiles after finishing her fine art degree at Chichester University. A chance meeting resulted in Claire training to become an ecclesiastical embroiderer. The discovery of this new skill led to Claire exhibiting her work and teaching small groups. Claire’s love for different techniques and subject matter is reflected in her first book published by The Crowood Press. The book came about through a chance meeting via email, life’s twists and turns can be stranger than fiction. Claire has always wanted to write and is glad that fate bought her this once in a lifetime opportunity.
You can find out more about Claire at her website www.clairefell.com
Claire has art and handmade gifts for sale at her Esty shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClarenceCole
Marilyn’s second novel, The Song of the Nightingale: a tale of two castrati, (The Conrad Press, 2019), is a historical novel, set in 18th century Italy that tells of two young boys who are bought from their families, castrated and then trained to be singers. It tells of passion, revenge, jealousy, love and redemption. This book won the Fiction category of the 2020 International Rubery Book Award and was a semi-finalist in the Chanticleer 2020 International Chaucer Book Award for pre-1750s Historical Fiction.
Marilyn is currently working on the third book of a trilogy that will tell of three generations of women who are story-tellers but who face sometimes insurmountable obstacles to getting their “her-stories” heard. Books one and two are with a literary agent, who is trying to find a publisher.
Marilyn Pemberton retired from being a full-time IT Project Manager in October 2019. During research for her PhD, Marilyn “discovered” Mary De Morgan, a Victorian writer. Marilyn wrote Out of the Shadows: The Life and Works of Mary De Morgan, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). There were still many gaps in her knowledge and she decided to write a fictional novel based on De Morgan’s life - The Jewel Garden (Williams & Whiting, 2018). This novel was a semi-finalist in the Chanticleer 2019 International Goethe Book Award for post-1750s Historical Fiction.
Marilyn's books can be found here
"Song of the Nightingale: a tale of two castrati" at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Nightingale-tale-two-castrati-ebook/dp/B082S6LHT3
"The Jewel Garden" at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewel-Garden-Marilyn-Pemberton-ebook/dp/B079ZY877T
"Out of the Shadows: The life and works of Mary De Morgan" at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Shadows-Marilyn-Pemberton/dp/1527534960
Granny Violet's first book, Huntly the Hedgehog, has been used in the classroom many times to educate and entertain. It appeals to reluctant readers because its a little bit gross! Huntly is a hedgehog, not a person, and he does hedgehog things, like eat slimy slugs!
Huntly is a proper little hedgehog who has been busy making himself a little bed of leaves to snuggle into in time for winter. But the leaves aren't just green, they are red and yellow and orange too. What time of year do we think Huntly is in?
As a teacher, I have had the opportunity to teach in many different schools with many different types of children. These include inner-city schools and schools for children with special needs. Although my specialism is primarily as an early years teacher, I have also taught children with autism and some lovely children with multiple and profound learning and physical disabilities, as well as young children with severe behavioural and emotional trauma. In the past, I have been an advisory teacher for both Warwickshire and Coventry.
My aim is to create short stories and video content that entertains and educates young children. Quality content that the busy teacher or parent can put on to entertain children without feeling guilty.
Brian Pollitt - Artisan Crafts
Brian's passion is to breathe new life into books that are of personal value and have precious memories associated with them, as well as creating new books to capture new memories.
What books do you treasure? -Typically they are family bibles, granny's cook book, children's books, photo Albums;- they could be anything that have precious memories associated with them.
Breathe new life into your treasured books - they could be those that have been well-loved, maybe from your childhood or passed down through the generations, but are now suffering from constant use (or misuse...) and are damaged or falling apart.
You may be afraid to use such books for fear of further damage, but worry not - most books can be returned to at least a functional condition and many can be restored to their former glory.
Bring your books along and Brian will examine the damage and explain what can be done to bring them back to life, whether it is a repair or designing a completely new binding to your requirements.
There will also be some of Brian's most recent new bindings, including blank notebooks for sale.
Brian is a book repairer and restorer who focuses on books of personal value, rather than
conservation of books with historical significance and high commercial value. This started off
as a hobby some years ago after having some old family books passed to him. Having worked
with a number of bookbinders to develop his skills, word of mouth has got around and now
has enough work coming in to keep him out of mischief.
Southam Heritage Collection
Southam's museum is based in the town centre and has published several books by local authors on themes related to the town's history. All the books are priced under £10 and cover a wide range of fascinating subjects. Their short film will present both authors and volunteers talking about the books and other merchandise available to buy from the museum. All proceeds from book sales go to support the work of this small heritage charity.
Details to be announced shortly:
Rugby Cafe Writers
Rugby Cafe Writers are a group of authors and book-lovers who meet regularly in the Midlands town of Rugby to discuss the craft of writing.
Running for over three years now, Café Writers is a lively gathering of local writers, poets and playwrights who meet simply to talk about our work over a coffee. All of us have one thing in common: we need encouragement and advice, and we enjoy sharing our journey along that hazardous road into print.
Our meetings run fortnightly on a Friday morning throughout the year without a break. We usually choose a topic to discuss, anything from tackling writer’s block to how to promote sales of our books. An average of fourteen of us meet in the Thirteen Bells Café, inside St. Andrew’s Church, in Rugby town centre.
Northants Authors was started by five writers, all of whom had self-published books.
Although each was very different, they shared the same problem: how to promote and sell their work.
Without the backing of a traditional publisher, books could not be distributed to the wider audience they sought.
They decided to try to do it together. So Northants Authors, a co-operative of authors living in Northamptonshire, was born.