Winter Downs Launch Party

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Jan Edwards

Winter Downs by Jan EdwardsTea and cakes and books – what more could you wish for? The 1940s themed launch party for Winter Downs, the WW2 crime novel from 6X6 author Jan Edwards, of course!

Tea and cake as Jan reads from Winter Downs and answers your questions.

There will also be readings from other authors with a 40s flavour so come and join in the celebrations and be the first to buy a signed copy of Winter Downs.

Saturday 3rd June in the Tolkien room at City Central Library, Hanley, between 11.30 and 13.15.


In January of 1940 a tiny rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it…

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The first 6×6 of 2017

Come along and support local writers in the City Library, Stoke.


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Cheadle Arts Festival


Please mark the date in your diaries.

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Swanwick Writers’ School


The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School is scheduled for August.

Visit their website for full details:



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Echoes of Scott

Jan’s latest blog post: ‘Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…’

That line has been running through my head all of this morning, and though Scott doubtless had specific thoughts of lust and betrayal at its heart when he first penned Marmion (which is, after all, essentially crime fiction), I’ve always thought it apt for writers in general; and increasingly so as I wade into the murky waters of historical crime fiction.

Read the full essay here.


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Renegade Writers reminder

A quick reminder — the new year has begun and we still meet Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in improving your writing and aim to be published, consider joining our group.

We meet here.



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New year, new writing


It’s a new year and maybe you’ve made some resolutions. If one of these is to keep writing then do your utmost to keep to it. One thing you can do to help in this daunting task is to join a writers’ group. To this end, if you live in or near north Staffordshire then consider joining us. Renegade Writers meet weekly on Wednesday evening. Our first meeting of 2017 is on the 4th January. Venue details can be found here.


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