Gladstone Readings – a reminder

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Hope as many of you can come on Saturday 8th October.

Remember to book seats — best to do so via phone. It’s free!

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Live Age — this Friday

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We look forward to seeing you this Friday at 3.00 pm where we’ll be talking about getting published…

 

 

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Spooky readings

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Last night’s 6X6 reading cafe — Spooks — was a great success despite the downpour (there was a thunder storm with torrential rain, in case you forget) deterring some of the audience. Fortunately the readers turned up — as can be seen from the above photo. Many thanks to the City Library, Hanley, Stoke, for hosting the event, and to Jan and Misha for organising it.

 

 

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Keep calm . . .

You know it makes sense

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home… reviewed

My review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I really recommend this novel.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Quirk Books $17.99

Reviewed by Peter Coleborn

This is a better-late-than-never review. I obtained this book in hardcover back when it first appeared in 2011. It went into the teetering to-be-read heap and that’s where it stayed until I recently spotted the second book in the series in W.H. Smith. So I thought: I really should find Miss Peregrine and read it. I am so glad I did. Miss Peregrine is best described as “weird fiction” — a story that makes you look at the world askance, that makes you shiver because of its strangeness and charm.

Can you judge a book by its cover? Or in this case, by the overall production values? Did the smart layouts and internal photographic illustrations mask a less-than-good read? In this case, no, they did not; in fact they enhanced the book. The whole…

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Mapping your story

This essay first appeared on the Penkhull Press website. Note that these are guidelines rather than rules.

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Peter Coleborn considers the value of maps.

Perhaps  you are writing a fantasy novel in which your characters travel across a fantastical realm. Or a science fiction story set on a strange planet in a far off galaxy. An early question that comes to your mind: do you need a map? The short answer is … yes! I would go further and say that you require a map, or a plan, for almost any book or story you tackle, no matter the genre. It is vital that you – the author of the piece – understand the topography of your world, you know which route your characters need to take when travelling from A to B and all places beyond.

I have read many stories in which the protagonist moves across vast landscapes, through difficult terrains, in unrealistic times, with the minimum of effort. Is it really possible for someone, for…

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Alchemy Collections

Peter Coleborn’s Alchemy Press has published a few tasty collections.

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Here is a round up of Alchemy Press collections. As you can tell from the range of anthologies and collections we’ve published, we are a great fan of short fiction. Click on the image for further information on each title.

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  • Tell No Lies by John Grant
  • Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Forty

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  • Evocations by James Brogden
  • Monsters by Paul Kane

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