Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication


Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Breathing on Glass with Jennifer Cryer at Writers in the Brewery 24 April 2014



In a continuation of the events supporting writers with a local connection, we had a fantastic evening using a slightly different format, in which organiser Rona interviewed Jennifer Cryer about her book Breathing on Glass (http://www.amazon.com/Breathing-On-Glass-Jennifer-Cryer/dp/0349000085 ). Jennifer wrote it for her PhD in creative writing and it was so good and different that it was immediately taken up by an agent and publisher. The novel is an unusual mixture of romance, stem cell research and human fallibility and, as it reflects her earlier career as a scientist, it comes across as authentic and atmospheric. Jennifer said she uses her writing to think about contemporary issues and recommended Stephen Pinker’s ‘The Stuff of Thought’ as an insight into words and how they influence our thoughts.



Paula Coston also read an extract from her new novel, ‘On the Far Side, There’s a Boy’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Far-Side-Theres-Boy/dp/178279574X and there were good readings from Jim Muller, Pam Keevil and Graeme Fletcher. All in all, a very good evening – and I won a bottle of wine in the raffle!

Writers in the Brewery
For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/writers-in-the-brewery
Writers in the Brewery events are held in the Theatre of New Brewery Arts (next to WH Smiths) on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue (as does the bar money), so supporting the raffle which helps with the expenses of the speakers/performers. Events are organized by, creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock.

Next Writers in the Brewery
Kevan Manwaring (http://www.kevanmanwaring.co.uk/about-kevan.html ) on 29 May 2014.

Previous Writers in the Brewery
In pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilkiewrites/sets/72157633836920506/

And in words:A touch of Wales from Chris Keil at Writers in the Brewery 27 March 2014
Evan Burgess The Vagrant Troubadour at Writers in the Brewery 27 February 2014



Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A touch of Wales from Chris Keil at Writers in the Brewery 27 March 2014



An enjoyable evening in March at Writers in the Brewery with Chris Keil who is working on his 4th novel in 20 years! It is about Russian oligarchs in London. However, he mostly talked about his third novel, Flirting at the Funeral (Cillian Press Limited). It sounded very interesting, featuring love, sex, money and power during the Portuguese revolution of 1974-75. He read an extract, where the heroine was in a jazz club, which showed what an amazing talent he has for getting across a sense of atmosphere. 

The first part of his talk was quite formal and scripted, but during the second half, he had us laughing and thoroughly engaged in an enjoyable discussion of writing, its pleasures and its pitfalls. I’m not sure how relevant my input was, but I had a memory of the Eurovision Song Contest during the Portuguese Revolution, when the Portuguese singer was in uniform, with a pistol on his hip. According to Chris, that was 1974, the year Abba won with Waterloo!


Writers in the Brewery
For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/writers-in-the-brewery
Writers in the Brewery events are held in the Theatre of New Brewery Arts (next to WH Smiths) on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue (as does the bar money), so supporting the raffle which helps with the expenses of the speakers/performers. Events are organized by, creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock.

Next Writers in the Brewery
Kevan Manwaring (http://www.kevanmanwaring.co.uk/about-kevan.html ) on 29 May 2014.

Previous Writers in the Brewery

In pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilkiewrites/sets/72157633836920506/

And in words:
Evan Burgess The Vagrant Troubadour at Writers in the Brewery 27 February 2014
Jenny Farley and David Clarke at Writers in the Brewery 26th September 2013
Howard Timms at Writers in the Brewery, 27th June 2013
Moses Wiggins at Writers in the Brewery, 30 May 2013

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Evan Burgess The Vagrant Troubadour at Writers in the Brewery 27 February 2014



I’m playing catch-up a bit here as I’ve missed writing up the last few Writers in the Brewery events at the theatre of New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. These are regular evenings featuring a mixture of a guest speaker, normally a local writer, and an ‘open mic’ (for fellow writers to test out short pieces. The next session is this week on 29 May 2014 when Kevan Manwaring (http://www.kevanmanwaring.co.uk/about-kevan.html ) will be the guest.

Evan Burgess - Vagrant Troubadour




Evan Burgess got the year’s writing events off to a fantastic start, talking about his time as a busker in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, singing us some songs and reading a sample chapter from his new book (The Vagrant Troubadour, published by Cotswold Sparrow Publishing). Evan has a great voice, and I could see why, when busking, he was invited to perform at other events. His book covers his adventures and misadventures while busking. Some of his stories are frightening, others are gruesome and some involve more bodily fluids than you would normally come across, but it is a time he wouldn’t have missed for anything. It has left him fluent in Swedish and Danish and with a working knowledge of Norwegian and German, which has got to be useful with so much Nordic-Noir about.




Evan’s book is available by contacting him through entslrs@gmail.com

 

Writers in the Brewery

For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/writers-in-the-brewery
Writers in the Brewery events are held in the Theatre of New Brewery Arts (next to WH Smiths) on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue (as does the bar money), but supporting the raffle helps pay the expenses of the guest speakers/performers. Events are organized by creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock.

Previous Writers in the Brewery

In pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilkiewrites/sets/72157633836920506/

And in words:
Jenny Farley and David Clarke at Writers in the Brewery 26th September 2013
Howard Timms at Writers in the Brewery, 27th June 2013
Moses Wiggins at Writers in the Brewery, 30 May 2013