Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Ten Poems About Home

Ten Poems About Home, Launch Event
Thursday 23rd March at 6.30pm.  Nottingham Central Library
Join Candlestick Press for the launch of their latest poetry collection, with an evening of fine and memorable poetry.  With reading by Mehendra Solanki and guests. 
Free admission all welcome
To book your place, please email info@candlestickpress.co.uk or call 0115 9674455

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Forgotten and The Fantastical

Saturday 18th March 7-9pm

Launch of The Forgotten and The Fantastical 3

at,Nottingham Writers' Studio

Celebrating the publication of The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3, which features stories by NWS members Sarah Hindmarsh and Ronne Randall, editor Teika Bellamy of Mother’s Milk Books is hosting the launch at Nottingham Writers’ Studio. There will be drinks, some storytelling, fairy cakes and fairy lights!
Entrance is free and anyone who loves dark and fantastical tales is very welcome to come. Mother’s Milk Books will soon be open to submissions for the next in the series, so please do come along on the night and speak to Teika if you’d like to know more.
Free event

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Killer Women

Saturday 25th February
2pm, Mansfield Central Library

If you're a fan of crime fiction, or if you enjoy creative writing, this is an event you won't want to miss! Come and join London-based Killer Women as they discuss whether the female really is deadlier than the male in contemporary crime fiction.

Mel McGrath, Erin Kelly and Helen Smith will be discussing issues behind their novels. Expect murder, mayhem and hot debate!

Tickets £4, over 18s only, refreshments available, booking advised so please call 01623 651337

Friday, 3 February 2017

A Literary Trail

Launched today '20 miles in Nottinghamshire, A Literary Trail'


After Lowdham’s The Bookcase celebrated 20 years of trading, the idea for this 20 mile literary trail was born, as a way of raising money for the local charity Literacy Volunteers.

The book highlights some of our literary greats and their significant Notts’ venues. It can be purchased from The Bookcase for £5.99. Postage is £1.50.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Robin Hood Energy Light Night

The Robin Hood Energy  Light Night will take place on Friday 10 February 2017, celebrating its tenth year.

Some of the Highlights:

Stories of Riot and Rebellion, Nottinghamshire Archives, Castle Meadow Road, 6pm-7pm.
Hear tales of Notts’ rebellious past. Booking/ticket required.
Poets’ Corner, Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge, Station Street, 6pm-10pm. Poetry performance with Jason Loftus.
Also on Station Street, you’ll find Dr Rhyme busking poems. And between at 7pm-9.30pm, read a personalised poem from a poet in the back of a tuk-tuk.
At Nottingham Central Library: an evening of free fun entertainment:
6pm-7pm Nitwit and Grump’s Light Night Fiasco: Stories, mayhem and silliness in this special family performance.
7pm-8pm Nottingham U3A Red Hats Band: Enjoy a variety of music, including music hall, traditional and WWII songs, with an eclectic mix of instruments.
8pm-9pm Nottingham Ukulele Orchestra: Sing along in a fun and uplifting performance.
DIY Poets at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Hockley, 7.30pm-10.30pm. £3 for ‘Light and Dark’ poetry from DIY Poets plus live acoustic music.
Meet the Maker at 5pm-8.30pm, at Made in Nottingham, intu Broadmarsh where you can see local creatives.


Monday, 9 January 2017

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Joanna Cannon's The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Currently riding high on the paperback best-seller list is The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, an amusing and insightful novel that examines the price people pay to fit in. But is it set in Notts? The Avenue on which the action takes place is a fictional one but there’s a kitchen sink realism to the drama and we know that it takes place in the East Midlands.
The book’s author Joanna Cannon was born in a small Derbyshire town, at the very edge of the Peak District National Park (but if TTWGAS was set there surely it’d be referenced). Cannon went on to study medicine at the University of Leicester so why might it be set in Notts?

The dialogue doesn’t offer many clues but there are several mentions of Brain Clough. One young lad, and would-be footballer, is desperate to be spotted by Cloughie. He was probably the most famous football manager in the country at that time (the hot summer of 76) but he was also the Forest boss so it’s doubtful that Derby or Leicester fans would have been wanting to have been noticed by the Nottingham Forest manager.

Anyway, back to the book, a light read with a dark underbelly. One of the themes is prejudice against difference and it brings to mind the real-life murder case that embroiled retired teacher Christopher Jefferies. The innocent Jefferies was virtually tried by media after being arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. The Sun’s headline was ‘The Strange Mr Jeffries’ and his image (wild hair, angry eyes) was everywhere. In TTWGAS Walter Bishop seems to be similarly judged and misunderstood because of his difference. He, it seems, is a goat. He refuses to believe things because everyone else does just to get along. There are many characters (perhaps too many) and they all seem to live in glass houses from which they throw stones. Cannon, however, understands human behaviour and, when told through the eyes of a ten year old girl, the insight is profound.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas, with a local connection.

Secret Nottingham by Joe and Frank Earp
Nottingham’s unknown history told through its streets and below. Father and son authors Frank and Joe Earp have collected little gems of information about Notts and present many of them here in a book that’s perfect to dip in and out of. Fill your stockings. Link

Dawn of the Unread by James Walker et al
The inventive interactive comic, which sees our literary figures return from the grave, is now available as a glossy graphic novel and it’s a sumptuous production. Fit for any coffee table it’s a perfect pressie for anyone with breath in their lungs.  Link
Faction is all the rage. These are novels based on a historical figure or events that are woven together with fictitious elements. And we have a couple of belters for you:

Bendigo – the Right Fist of God by Alan Dance and David Field
A novel based on the life of William Thompson, better known as Bendigo. The story follows our sporting legend from the poverty of a Nottingham slum to fame and fortune as champion bare-fist boxer of all England. With many myths doing the rounds this work of fiction incorporated the facts in an authentically set story that goes beyond the fighting years to the drinking, law-breaking and religion that occupied the big man’s retirement. Link 

The Lord of Milan by Robert Nieri
From Mansfield Road to founding AC Milan, this is the story of Herbert Kilpin, a man that lived for his footy and died in obscurity 100 years ago. Finally, his story is being told. Our Lord of Milan, father of Italian football. Link