Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

A Decade Of Words

Ten years ago, a new Nottingham author got in touch to say she'd like to do a reading/signing at Waterstones; could we help her make it happen? A decade later, we're still doing those author readings/signings. It grew from that one weeknight that had been shifted at the last minute and included three authors, to… Continue reading A Decade Of Words

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Who’s Afraid of Camp, Anyway? An irresponsible opinion piece by Christian Baines

I remember a conversation with a friend and beta reader about my first novel, urban fantasy The Beast Without, in which he described it (affectionately) as camp. Camp? Camp? I thought. What part of this novel that began with back-alley fellatio and an evisceration (start as you mean to go on, as they say) was… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Camp, Anyway? An irresponsible opinion piece by Christian Baines

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Writing the Unspeakable by Robyn Nyx

I attended an evening with Philippa Gregory earlier this year. She's the author of amazing female-driven books such as The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. She was touring her most recent book, Order of Darkness, the fourth in The Dark Tracks series, and talking about “writing the unspeakable.” Almost everything she said resonated deeply with me. I… Continue reading Writing the Unspeakable by Robyn Nyx

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Guided by Life by Nicole Disney

I do not do well in hot weather. Having grown up in the cool air and high altitude of Colorado, it would not be unusual for you to find me in a light jacket and shorts in a snow storm. My travel interests were always cold and rainy places. However, I am the black sheep… Continue reading Guided by Life by Nicole Disney

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

WRITING ‘SOUL SURVIVOR’ BY I BEACHAM

I’ve enjoyed writing all my books, but this one has been an absolute pleasure. Writing Soul Survivor has given me a chance to bring two women romantically together from diverse professional backgrounds; the international journalist and an English rural vicar. The former vocation is one I’ve always greatly admired. I have viewed the media in… Continue reading WRITING ‘SOUL SURVIVOR’ BY I BEACHAM

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

BYOC (Bring Your Own Cape)

Eight years.  That's how long we've been doing the BSB Annual Book Festival in Nottingham. If you've ever put on a festival, you know keeping one going for just shy of a decade is a big accomplishment. And it just gets better every year. Today begins the blog train that leads you straight into festival… Continue reading BYOC (Bring Your Own Cape)

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Save the Shoe Leather by I. Beacham

“I need you to blog,” she says in her usual relaxed BSB editorial voice. I think ‘fine’. I’ll go mow the lawn and hope something relatively cerebral, adroit and, with just a hint of conceptualism - that much sought after topic will leap out to me as I behead the grass and leave all its… Continue reading Save the Shoe Leather by I. Beacham

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Be Brave and Be Happy, by Andrea Bramhall

Vic thought giving us all a topic to write about this year would make it easier for us to think of something new to write about. She seemed to think that the subject of “Change” would be something a little arbitrary. Now, I think she’s a witch with mad fortune telling skills, and a plug… Continue reading Be Brave and Be Happy, by Andrea Bramhall