The Worcester launch of All the Waves, Calling
will take place at 4pm Sunday 2 July at the Quaker Meeting House, 1 Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1UG
. Doors will open at 3.45pm. The online link will appear here on the day and also on the events page.
Join us for the launch of All the Waves, Calling. This is the debut novel from Swansea writer Jamie D. Stacey. The novel reflects contemporary, accessible literary fiction and is aimed at adults, especially those drawn to atmospheric and life-affirming stories. It seeks to add to the discussion on men and mental health today, in particular men’s ofttimes struggle with opening up about grief and isolation.
‘Men don’t talk, especially about grief. But they should—before it’s too late.’
‘Corey’s…journey blends the real world of his past with the ethereal backdrop of his troubled mind. The result is a young man who may have died, is certainly broken and definitely cannot come to terms with the tragedy until he understands what the tragedy is’ —Jackie Buxton, author and editor
May 17th, 6-7.30pm saw the opening event for this novel about loss, resilience – and hope. It featured an exclusive author talk, Q & A, and book signing, along with some nightmarish cats, a scared bunny, and waves of everything in-between. The event was popular and well-attended.
Many of us know Jamie from his successes in writing flash fiction. His stories have been published in most Worcestershire LitFest Flash Fiction anthology for the past 12 years.
An avid reader of scratches on walls and scribbles in notebooks, Jamie D. Stacey is drawn to stories that empathise, encourage, and empower. He writes flash fiction, i.e., very short stories, and this, his debut novel, was published on 25 March 2023. Jamie says, ‘Whatever the form or shape of my writing, it’s the heart and hope inside each that matters.’
About the novel:
Men don’t talk, especially about grief. But they should—before it’s too late.
Grief throws Corey into a disordered world where nothing makes sense. His reality is fractured by dark stabs of mental pain that convert his life into an unfathomable maze. He doesn’t know forward from backward, where normality has gone, or how to get it back.
In despair, he buys a one-way ticket on the ‘Train to Nowhere’. It derails on a dark, isolated beach in the Highlands, where he befriends the only other known survivor, Skye. Sheltering in a ghost town, they embark on a strange journey to find answers: how did the train crash, what is this place, and, most worryingly, who is Skye?
Order ‘All the Waves, Calling’ for UK delivery here:
You can find out more about Jamie D. Stacey on his website
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the book launch scheduled for 4 June 2023 has been postponed. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Details for upcoming launches will be published here in due course.
D. D. Holland won the University of Worcester Black Pear Press Prize for Fiction 2022 and made it a double whammy by winning the University of Worcester V.Press Poetry Prize 2022. Trudi (D.D.Holland) launched both her series of stories ‘The Lady Doth Protest’ and her poetry ‘Braised in Wine’ at The Hive in May 2023.
‘Packed full of iconic female figures, Holland fashions revised mouthpieces from them all to craft stories that are at once humorous, tender and impactful.’ Dr Charley Barnes, novelist, poet, and lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing, University of Wolverhampton
‘…a true testament to Holland’s talents as a writer and a critical researcher. The Lady Doth Protest is genuinely, uproariously, laugh-out-loud funny at times and a delight to read.’ Dr Jack McGowan, poet, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Head of the Department of English, Media & Culture, University of Worcester
Available from V.Press
We’re delighted to announce the online launch of ‘Life’s Wonders’ a project by Worcestershire Poet Laureate Rhianna Levi that has led to a poetry anthology with poems from over sixty poets. The launch takes place on Sunday 30 April and starts at 4pm, you’re welcome to join up to ten minutes in advance to settle in and await the start. Here is the link:
Topic: ‘Life’s Wonders’ Launch Meeting
Time: Apr 30, 2023 04:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 859 6330 0527
it’s also shown on the events page, click here.
Rhianna Levi says:
‘For every copy sold of this anthology, a donation will be made to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity who in turn will invest it into Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. They will do this by providing enhancements, additions and added extras which link closely with the strategic aims of the Trust, which can make the working day easier, the service more comfortable or improve the experience for patients, staff and visitors.
A fitting tribute in alignment with the NHS turning 75 years old in 2023.’
Rhianna feels a special closeness with the charity as they cared for her father in his last days.
Order a copy of the anthology here::
Should you want more than one copy, please get in touch so that we can adjust the P&P
UK delivery only
Poets Brian Comber and former Worcestershire Poet Laureate Ade Couper launched their poetry collections at The Quaker Meeting House in Worcester in April 2023.
This is former Worcestershire Poet Laureate Ade Couper’s debut collection and is entitled ‘Made of Stories’, with thanks to Worcestershire LitFest.
Brian Comber’s new collection ‘A Caparisoned Elephant’ follows his success with his poetry collection, ‘Panopticon’.
Order ‘A Caparisoned Elephant’ for UK delivery here:
Order ‘Made of Stories’ for UK delivery here:
Three super competitions for 2023 from Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe. Send your entries now!