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Manic Crafting by new author Lyn Hemphill

A couple of days ago I decided to have a day off from my usual job (I mark papers and tutor kids for an online school, so unsurprisingly we’ve been pretty busy during the Coronavirus lockdown!) and spend all of my usual work time writing. I managed 900 words. By the end of the day… Continue reading Manic Crafting by new author Lyn Hemphill

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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

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All the Feelings by Amy Dunne

Every year, for the last seven years, I’ve attended the BSB UK Book Event. I look forward to it every single year. I’ve always been an avid reader and so many of my favourite novels have been published by BSB and their very talented authors. I love hearing the authors read from their own books,… Continue reading All the Feelings by Amy Dunne

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Punch in the nose and chocolate cake by Sandy Lowe

I have a confession to make. I don’t like to travel. There, I said it. Arrest me and throw away the key. My family loves traveling, in fact my parents are living their retirement dream touring Australia in their RV (aka the tin can). My older brother jets off around the world every chance he… Continue reading Punch in the nose and chocolate cake by Sandy Lowe

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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

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Random drugstore conversation by Mickey Brent

I stopped at my local drugstore yesterday to pick up a three-pronged converter for my electronic devices for my upcoming trip overseas. As I waited in line to pay (in the queue, in British English), I was wondering if I’d selected the correct one for the United Kingdom. There were many three-pronged converters available and… Continue reading Random drugstore conversation by Mickey Brent

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Sewing Short Magics by Nathan Burgoine

In one of the stories in my upcoming collection of short fiction, I have a man, Martin, sewing squares for a quilt. The cloth for those squares comes from various pieces of fashion he designed over his career; he’s putting together a blanket that he can take with him to a care home and feel… Continue reading Sewing Short Magics by Nathan Burgoine

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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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6th Annual Bold Strokes Book Festival, UK: Are You Ready?!

LGBTQ Book Festival at Waterstones, Nottingham June 5th-7th, Sillitoe Room, 4th Floor   Join 13 authors for a weekend of LGBTQ fiction and fun.  Hear readings from current and upcoming works, chat with the authors, join us at two after-parties, and enjoy a lambda literary weekend!    We'll also be hearing pitches for novels on… Continue reading 6th Annual Bold Strokes Book Festival, UK: Are You Ready?!