LitFest Competitions for 2023

Three super competitions for 2023 from Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe. Send your entries now!

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‘A Tale of Two Cities II: An Anthology’

Black Pear Press is delighted to announce the publication of ‘A Tale of Two Cities II: An Anthology’ the result of Nina Lewis’s revisit to one of her major laureate projects. Poets in Worcester UK and Worcester USA present their call-and-response poems. It is available here, just follow the link or click on the image below.

You can find a video of the readings by clicking here.

The paperback book is a not-for-profit publication and you will find it for circa £2.83 in paperback which converts to circa $3.58. Happy reading!

New – from Paul Eccentric

He’s one half of The Antipoet, he’s a fabulous entertainer and the writer of this new collection. He’s Paul Eccentric. Black Pear Press is delighted to announce his latest book,  ‘Lyrical Quibble and Quip: The Collected Ramblings of Paul Eccentric’.

Available by post in the UK only:

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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:

Single copy £6.00 +P&P buy-now-paypal

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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Single copy £6.00 +P&P



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.’

You’ll be swept along by Griff’s exciting adventures and the curious characters he meets once the sun has set. Lots of surprises in store!

£8 + P&P

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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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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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