Flash Fiction and Young Writer Anthologies from LitFest

Black Pear Press is delighted to announce that the LitFest anthologies for 2022 are now available, and just in time for Christmas!

The launches in November 2022 were happy hybrid events i.e., live and online, with the young writers reading their wonderful stories and the flash fiction writers intriguing all present.

These talented writers entered the annual Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe competitions and these are the resulting anthologies.

See below for ordering details.

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Available by post in the UK only:

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x2 copies £12.00 +P&P buy-now-paypal

x5 copies £30.00 +P&P buy-now-paypal

Flash Fiction ‘Stories Told on Laps’is the 2022 anthology, whilst there’s a treat in store for young writers, this anthology, ‘Mona and the Chest of Colours’ covers 2021 and 2022.

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x3 copies £18.00 +P&P

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News about ‘Griff’ by Johnny ‘Mogs’ Morris

Good news for lovers of Mogs’ work, ‘Griff’ is now available as an eBook as well as paperback.

You can get your paperback copy here.

And the eBook here.

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‘There is often magic in the air at sunset. For stone dog Griff it is a special magic that gives him life.’

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A Tale of Two Cities II

ATOTC II The Video – poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA read their call-and-response poems – this is part two of the wonderful project first seen in 2018 organised by the 2017-2018 Worcestershire Poet Laureate Nina Lewis. An anthology will be produced soon, you’ll see links to it here when it becomes available.

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Virgin at Fifty

Pam Keevil first launched Virgin At Fifty in January 2018 and by popular demand has just launched the second edition.

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Pam Keevil

Pam has written since childhood. After a career in primary education and in leadership training, she completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Gloucestershire in 2016. Pam had assumed she would write for children. But found that she prefers romance and murder. She has won several prizes for short stories and been shortlisted in Flash Fiction competitions but prefers to write novels. This is her first full-length novel for adults.

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Just what do you do when you’ve got no job, no family, no friends and the world you are plunged into is unfamiliar? This is the challenge for Angie Jarvis when she loses her faith and has to leave the safety and comfort of the convent she joined as a young woman, over thirty years ago. But in her quest to create a new life for herself, there is one certainty; she plans to have sex and plenty of it.

Available now (UK only) £8.00 +P&P

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ATOTC II

Nina Lewis, a former Worcestershire Poet Laureate, organised a second edition of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (ATOTC). Many will remember the wonderful project back in 2017-18 when Nina invited poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA to pair up and write call-and-response poems about their city.

We were thrilled to see it repeated – poets from Worcester UK and Worcester USA paired up to write open-themed call-and-response poems this year.

In the original project there was a UK launch and a USA reading, but thanks to the wonders of technology an online event united UK and USA poets for an afternoon / evening of shared poetry.

Black Pear Press were delighted to host the online event.
The original project was published as a Special Edition of Contour magazine and involved over 40 poets, read the issue here.

There will be an anthology produced for ATOTC II and details will be shown here when available.

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A New Novel from Pam Keevil

Pam Keevil’s new novel Wild Girls is here! And while we’re at it, check out the new cover for Pam’s debut novel Virgin at Fifty.

The launch of Wild Girls took place in October 2022, a hybrid event at a smart venue with an appreciative audience online.

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An unconventional American, Mona, flees an abusive relationship for the healing peace of the English countryside.

Sheila’s life has followed a more traditional pattern.

They’re unprepared for the impact as two cultures collide. To overcome their life frustrations, they strive to reconcile their own needs with the demands and expectations of family, friends, society and social media. Add to the mix a disaffected husband, a jealous ex, a possible love interest, the suicide of a friend and the threat of developers despoiling their village—peace and quiet are in short supply.

‘A warmhearted book about old troubles and new beginnings—you can never keep a Wild Girl down for long! An ideal beach read.’
—Roz Levens, novelist and short story writer

Available now (UK only): £10.00 +P&P
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Suz Winspear, and Michael W. Thomas book launches

Suz Winspear’s latest collection Picking Blackberries in a Plague Year looks at times just before, during, and after the Covid pandemic. As Suz says ‘Things will never be quite the same again—but still, there are always blackberries, a ripe harvest ready for us to pick. We only have to go out and search for them.’

Suz launched her new collection at a live event, which was also available on Zoom, with Michael W. Thomas who launched Sing Ho! Stout Cortez a blend of novellas and stories. The event  featured the two writers and their guests reading from their books and responding to audience questions and took place at The Studio in The Hive Sunday 24 July 2022, and online.

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Picking Blackberries in a Plague Year
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Sing Ho! Stout Cortez

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Human Writes — Worcester Amnesty

With contributions by entrants to the 2021 Human Writes Amnesty Competition.

Proceeds from the sale of ‘Human Writes’ will go to the Worcester Amnesty Group.

“The…poems…in this book have been written by people who care, people who see injustice and, rather than shrugging their shoulders and saying, ‘What can we do?’ have determined that they can do something—they can write beautiful, powerful poems on behalf of people whose human rights have been abused and ignored, and I salute them for doing so.
Thank you for buying this book, and helping Amnesty International make a difference.”
Ade Couper
Worcester Amnesty International local group
Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2021-22

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Some of these poems may make you laugh, some of them may make you cry—but all of them will hopefully make you think.

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