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COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books

Posted Tuesday 30 May 2017 by Clancy Mason in Competitions & Prizes, Latest Libraries News

COSTA Book winner to Bluemoose Books

SEASIDE SPECIAL - POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE.

There is an opportunity for 5 new writers to be published alongside award winning writers: Andrew Michael Hurley, Carys Bray, Paul Kingsnorth, Peter Kalu and Kirsty Logan in a short story collection.

Bluemoose Books are looking for stories from new writers and new voices for an anthology of short fiction set on the North West Coast edited by the award winning writer Jenn Ashworth.

From the bright lights of Blackpool to the eerie calm of Morecambe bay, from the port of Whitehaven down to the dunes of Formby, we want your stories. We're interested in the untold tales: the seasonal workers, the overlooked natural world, the off-peak and under-written. We're interested in tales from the edge: edge of the country, edge of society, and perhaps even the edge of a life.

The story must be previously unpublished, set on the North West coast of England, and be no longer than 6k words. The writer doesn't have to be born, live or work in the area to write about it and we're looking for surprising perspectives and diverse voices.

(For the purposes of this collection, 'new writer' means they haven’t previously published a book-length work of fiction, poetry or creative non - fiction before).

To submit: the writer needs to send their work as a word doc email attachment to jenn.ashworth@gmail.com - Including their name and contact details, and a short bio.

Deadline: September 15th 2017 - entries submitted after this date will not be read.

Contact: Kevin Duffy - kevin@Bluemoosebooks.com

www.Bluemoosebooks.com

@ofmooseandmen

01422 842731

Read Regional events in North West libraries

Posted Wednesday 8 March 2017 by Clancy Mason in Events

New Writing North are bringing some excellent authors to North West libraries this spring. Be sure to put these dates in your diaries...

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Time To Read joins LITFEST programme

Posted Tuesday 7 February 2017 by Clancy Mason in Events

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Austen’s Secret Stories: Jo Baker in conversation with Clancy Mason

Friday 24th March 7:30pm 

Pride and Prejudice was only half of the story… In Jo Baker’s bestselling novel Longbourn she explores the privileged world of the Bennet family through the hidden lives of their servants. For housemaid Sarah, the predictable world of the servants’ hall is about to be changed forever.

Join Time To Read's Clancy Mason for an evening of conversation as Jo discusses the process of breathing new life into Austen’s world.


Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Tickets: £12 Full /£10 Concession Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

Lancashire author Alice Broadway dazzles with Ink

Posted Tuesday 24 January 2017 by Clancy Mason in Latest Libraries News

Ink book

Lancashire debut author Alice Broadway shares her journey about getting her book Ink published:

'When my 2nd child was 6 months old I started a blog to keep up to date with family and friends. It reminded me that all I ever wanted to be when I was little was a writer. Writing the blog became a way of processing life with very young children and the demands of caring for a child with special needs. I also used it as a way of sharing play and storytelling resources I had created with other families.

In 2013 I had just been diagnosed with depression and decided to try doing Nanowrimo. I treated it as a kind of therapy where I was allowed to play with an idea that had been running through my mind. I only managed 12k but eventually those messy words became Ink. It was the first time I had tried writing a novel.

My favourite places to work are sat on a comfy chair in the kitchen or in our yellow camper van, parked up somewhere pretty with a cup of tea. I was not a cool child. I had terrible hair, awful teeth and massive glasses; I was desperately shy and very happy to hide behind my older and more accomplished sisters. I was perpetually unsure of myself, except in one way; I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Books were my escape and my passion. I wanted to be part of the magic that happened when I opened a book which made the rest of the world disappear. But that seemed too good to be true and the dream got lost somewhere. It was only when I was in my mid-30s with the pre-school years of parenting almost over that I remembered that part of me and began, very tentatively, to write Ink.

The dream began again and I’ve still not woken up. My experience as a parent of a child with special needs has changed me completely. I have learned patience, tenacity and the ability to function with 10 years of broken sleep. Our choice to adopt our eldest child has changed our lives and all for the better.

I am open about my personal experience of mental illness and feel that writing has been and will always be part of my own journey through it.'

Quick round Q&A:

Favourite TV show: currently Parks and Recreation

Favourite film: Spirited Away Favourite actor/singer:

Favourite food: roast potatoes

Favourite piece of clothing: whatever is newest.

Best holiday: St Ives

Favourite animal: puffer fish.I do google image searches of them when I’m sad because they make me laugh so much.

Worst subject at school: dance and maths

Best subject at school: English

Most commonly used word/phrase: ‘lovely’

Describe yourself in three words: introvert, indoorsy, emotional

INK is released on 2 February 2017 and Alice will be touring libraries in the North West this spring.

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Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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