How to get published


FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2016. 3.00 pm-5.00 pm

As part of the Live Age Festival, there is  a panel and Q & A session with local writers and publishers who have first hand experience of the pressures of publication. If you need help navigating the complicated world of book publishers, come and ask the people who know! 


Venue: Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad St, Hanley, Stoke (1st Floor Meeting Room)



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Gladstone Readings – a reminder


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

Live Age

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


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.

Piper at the Gates of Fantasy

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.

The Penkhull Press


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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