A new Millie story from Madeleine Ridd

‘Millie is excited – it’s almost Sports Day! But will an unexpected visitor stop her winning the big race?’ Read about Millie’s sports day experience in this beautifully illustrated book for children by Madeleine Ridd. Madeleine is a cellist and music teacher. She lives in East London with her husband, Nick. Madeleine has always lovedContinue reading “A new Millie story from Madeleine Ridd”

‘Pressed Flowers’

A wonderful, touching launch evening with all the poets who wrote for Pressed Flowers. This anthology of poems is a gorgeously uplifting collection of poetry from poets in Worcestershire and beyond. Pressed Flowers, collated by Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2019 Charley Barnes in cahoots with Polly Stretton of Black Pear Press is full of joy andContinue reading “‘Pressed Flowers’”

Congratulations on two great reviews

The Stations of the Day is receiving good reviews—our sincere congratulations to Michael W. Thomas. Reviews Review published by The Writers’ Corner Michael W. Thomas, The Stations of the Day Written by Crossroads Published 28th October 2019 ISBN 978-1-910322-97-0  64pp, paperback, gloss covers  £7.00 Publication date: October 2019 In this, his tenth title, Michael W.Continue reading “Congratulations on two great reviews”

Pressed Flowers

A poetry anthology coordinated by Worcestershire Poet Laureate Charley Barnes and Polly Stretton of Black Pear Press as a result of sharing sunflower poems. Charley’s sunflower poem ‘Helianthus Forest’ won her the laureateship in 2019 and features in the anthology. Charley says, ‘We put our heads together and decided that, given the many talented poetsContinue reading “Pressed Flowers”

Jill Todd comes to Malvern

Jill Todd will be signing copies of her locally-based novel, ‘Echo of Bells’, at WHSmith in Great Malvern from 11am on Saturday 19th October. The Malvern Hills in winter play a major role in this atmospheric thriller from Black Pear Press, in which a young couple must unearth the secrets of their family’s tragic historyContinue reading “Jill Todd comes to Malvern”

Review – The Portswick Imp

Part of a review by Sarah Hegarty recently published in Writing in Education Review, Sarah Hegarty, Writing in Education, no. 78 (Autumn, 2109) A sense of yearning for a simpler time, long gone, permeates some of [Michael W. Thomas’s] tales. The title story, told in the voices of a husband and wife, traces his boyhoodContinue reading “Review – The Portswick Imp”