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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

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Opportunity and Adventure in Change by Rebecca S. Buck

This is the 11th time there has been a Nottingham-based Bold Strokes Books festival. It’s an event that spans a whole decade. Way back in 2010, the first occasion was one quite formal afternoon in the upstairs room in Waterstones. It’s grown into a two-day celebration, welcoming international authors most years, spilling out of Waterstones into… Continue reading Opportunity and Adventure in Change by Rebecca S. Buck

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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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Call for Submissions: Silk and Leather

Check out the new Call for Submissions from Bold Strokes: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Silk and Leather: Lesbian Erotica with an Edge   Editor: Victoria Villasenor Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Publication Date: Spring 2020 Theme: Short story lesbian erotica What happens when inhibitions get left at home? When you’re ready for something more, something that pushes… Continue reading Call for Submissions: Silk and Leather

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

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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Women in Uniform by Justine Saracen

Julie Tizard, appearing in her own USAF flight suit and I, wearing a replica of a Soviet air force lieutenant, recently presented at the Women in Aviation conference in Reno. As a retired air force colonel, Julie was in her element, while I myself was a bit intimidated by all the aviation women talking shop… Continue reading Women in Uniform by Justine Saracen

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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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Spiders and Apple Crumble by Ileandra Young

I don't travel a lot . . . or rather, I do, but I go out of my way to forget about it since something about trains and cars exhausts me. Despite that, being in the middle of the school holidays has forced plenty travel on me since the sproglings having time off school equals… Continue reading Spiders and Apple Crumble by Ileandra Young