More reviews…

More accolades for Black Pear Press authors, the latest for Sunita Thind’s poetry collection, The Barging Buddhi and Other Poems by Neil Leadbeater for ‘The High Window’ which publishes poetry reviews quarterly – click here for the link and note that you need to scroll down to find the relevant review, and one for Polly Stretton’s collection Growing Placesclick here to read three reviews, from ‘Write Out Loud’, ‘Mad Hatter Reviews’ and from the USA.


Carrots, Cream, and Death – Flash Fiction From The Worcestershire Literary Festival 2021

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The online launch for this year’s Flash Fiction anthology is booked for 4pm Sunday 5 December – details will appear on the Facebook event page on the day, or contact

The 2021 Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe publication featuring flash fiction from around the world. The competition opens at the start of the year and an anthology is produced at the end of that year, this is the tenth such publication. Look out for next year’s competition on

Engaging stories of no more than 300 words – well-written and entertaining – pre-order now for Christmas gifts.

UK deliveries only:

Single copy: £5 +P&P buy-now-paypal

x2 copies: £10 +P&P buy-now-paypal

x5 copies: £25.00 +P&P buy-now-paypal

Launch of Poet Laureate collection

Leena Batchelor invites you to the launch of her Worcestershire Poet Laureate collection of poems, Pearl Blades and Painted Silks: The Language of Fans 1pm Sunday 19 September 2021 – a celebration of poetry written in her Worcestershire Poet Laureate year. Leena and her guests plan an entertaining afternoon. Leena says ‘There will be fizz along with some goodies for those who buy a book on the day’ – no charge to come along! This will be a blended launch i.e., come along to The Great Hall at The Commandery in Worcester or join us on Zoom. The Zoom link will appear here on the day.

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Leena Batchelor holds a fascination for fans. The former Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2020-2021 is proud to announce her poetry collection celebrating her tenure. It also celebrates the beauty of fans, the blades and silks, tassels and glorious artwork they often hold. She describes the meanings of the ways in which they’re held, the waves, flutters, closures and expansions, and the impact that these movements can have. Leena says that this is like a daydream to her, ‘I’ve always wanted to write a collection of poems about the language of fans.’

Available to pre-order direct from Black Pear Press at £7+P&P

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Thank you

A big thank you to Mad Hatter Reviews for the review of Polly Stretton’s ‘The Alchemy of 42’. Always good to see a review in which the reviewer has read and clearly understood the contents of a poetry collection 😊 So, thank you to Beth O’Brien. We’re glad you enjoyed ‘The Alchemy of 42’. You can see the full review by clicking here, and get your copy by clicking here.

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Reviews for ‘The Objectors’ by Kevin Brooke

More reviews of Kevin Brooke’s new book ‘The Objectors’ can be seen on Facebook and other social media platforms daily. To see the latest we’ve spotted from Creative Writing lecturer Ruth Stacey of University of Worcester’s Creative Writing team, click here

…and you will kick yourself if you miss this incredible video trailer, created with work by Joshua Falcon and MixKit Videos, music courtesy of bensound click here

A New Book from Kevin Brooke

Good news! A thrilling new Young Adult (YA) book from Kevin Brooke with illustrations by Seraphim Bryant.

The year is 2042. England is cut-off from the former UK, Europe and the world. As resources dwindle, The Entitlement Party creates a devastating scheme to reduce the population. On their sixteenth birthday, young people of underling class are selected at random to eliminate six people. The reward for fulfilling their contract is to win their place amongst the elite.

Samarah, Ethan and Ellie-Mae, each of whom has a different reason to object, refuse to sign the contract. As civilisation crumbles, and a programme of genocide is uncovered, the regime deploys its synthetic warriors to destroy an underling rebellion. The only force that can prevent victory for evil is the spirit and collective strength of three young people. The Objectors.

We’ve set a Zoom launch date of Sunday 18 July at 4pm and will give details closer to that time. In the meanwhile, if you’d like a sneak preview before the launch, it’s available to pre-order now and will despatched as soon as the printer gnomes get it to BPP.

UK £8 +P&P

UK x3 copies £24.00 +P&P

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Beth O’Brien and Brian Comber

Beth O’Brien and fellow poet Brian Comber had a wonderful, well-attended double book launch for their debut poetry collections 13 June 2021. The books are now available and will be despatched as soon as the packing elf can manage it.

Beth O’Brien – The Earth is a Bookcase

To find out more, click here

UK £6.00 +P&P

Brian Comber – Panopticon

To find out more, click here

UK £6.00 +P&P

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