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:

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

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