Congratulations–Michael Wheatley

Black Pear Press is delighted to award the first Black Pear Press Prize For Fiction to University of Worcester graduate Michael Wheatley.Michael Wheatley cert.jpg

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Max & Luchia–The Game Makers

Kevin Brooke’s second novel for young readers of 7-11 (but everyone will love it) Max & Luchia–The Game Makers is receiving rave reviews! Max & Luchia–The Game Makers takes you on a magical journey into an online game invented by the imagination of Max & Luchia.

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Illustrated throughout by the super-talented Seraphim Bryant, this is an exciting, engaging read that young readers have said is unputdownable! Here’s what some of them say:

‘This book is a wonderful adventure! I really enjoyed reading about how the children played ‘Ma-Chia’ and I always hoped they would get to the next level. The descriptions are so good that I felt I was part of the story.’ Elinor van Dam, aged 8

‘I enjoyed Max & Luchia as it led down some unexpected routes’
Ellie Cross, Student at Blessed Edward Oldcorne

‘I couldn’t put it down. It is an amazing book’
Jake Rouse, Student at Blessed Edward Oldcorne

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Come along to the launch, doors open 4pm for a 4.30pm start on Sunday 23 September 2018 at The Hive, Worcester.

Don’t Oil The Hinges

Heather Wastie’s marvellous journey during her year as Worcestershire Poet Laureate is recorded in these packed pages. Enjoy reading about everything from creaking doors to Tweets, and ‘Our Spake’. Launching at Park’s Cafe, 4 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS  Saturday 15 September, doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start, come along and enjoy an evening of poetry and music. Get your copy signed by Heather.

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The Archers actor, Sunny Ormonde (who performs one of Heather’s poems as part of her excellent one-woman show) said:

“Needing a poem about local life for my show at Bewdley Festival I discovered Heather’s wonderfully funny poems on line. Immediately smitten, I contacted her and was over the moon when she kindly offered to write a special poem for the show and Dad was a fan of The Archers was born. Nothing could have been more perfect—it was a huge hit and continues to be so.
Don’t Oil The Hinges is a delightful collection of poems—a pot pourri of Worcestershire life and experiences. Joyful, funny, touching, informative and vibrant. Heather is one of the finest poets around.”

Poet, singer/songwriter, keyboard/accordion player, actor, humourist and facilitator Heather Wastie was born in Cradley Heath and grew up in the Black Country. In 2006 she moved to Kidderminster where in 2013 she was Writer in Residence at the Museum of Carpet. In 2015, the year of publication of her book, ‘Weaving Yarns’ she was appointed Worcestershire Poet Laureate.

Triple Trouble—Rod Griffiths

Reading minds is impossible, but it saved Rachel’s life. Separated at birth from her triplet brothers, thirteen-year-old Rachel lives on a farm with Megan, her adoptive mum. Is telepathy the secret to finding her brothers?

Rod Griffiths latest novel Triple Trouble.

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Rod Griffiths is a retired professor who writes short stories from an elegant shed in Cheltenham.

Kieran Davis–second poetry collection

Exciting news! Kieran Davis will launch his second poetry collection ‘Legacy,’ 21 July 2018 at Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP. Doors open at 15:45 for a 16:00 start. Come along and get copy––you may even get it signed!

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Get ‘Sabrina Bridge’ for your platform

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Now available for you to read at your leisure, wherever in the world you are, Sabrina Bridge, the wonderful first collection by troubadour poet Math Jones. Click on this link to get it on your platform.

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‘Math has a beautiful elegance with words, whether he is writing from a character’s or his own perspective there is always something to learn about the human condition.’

Jake Wild Hall—Boomerang Club, author of Solomon’s World

Launch of Debut Collection–Math Jones

Math and friends performed at the dramatic and entertaining launch of his debut poetry collection Sabrina Bridge in March 2018.

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Many of Math’s magical, moving and evocative poems were written in and about Worcester, and, he says ‘in many ways owe their existence to the support and enthusiasm of the people of the Worcestershire literary world.’

‘Math has a beautiful elegance with words, whether he is writing from a character’s or his own perspective there is always something to learn about the human condition.’
Jake Wild Hall—Boomerang Club, author of ‘Solomon’s World’

Math has been well-known and loved on the Worcester scene for many years and is now sharing his talents in London. He returns to Worcester for the launch of his first collection of poetry ‘Sabrina Bridge’ a celebration of Worcestershire with a mix of others including the magical ‘Puck In Love’:

‘…with Mustardseed. They kiss, of course—just tongues, / or lips, not both—keep something back.

Debut—in the dark times—oakley

oakley’s first poetry collection was launched Sunday 4 March.

oakley is a poet, playwright, writer and performer from the West Midlands and the former Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate (2017)

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in the dark times is available directly from Black Pear Press at £6 per copy plus P&P.

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Should you wish to purchase multiple copies please email ps@blackpear.net and advise the number of copies you’d like; a PayPal link will be issued specifically for you.

“oakley’s considered words speak beautifully of the belligerence that has become our everyday. It is epic in its ache and soothing in its soulfulness.”

Sabrina Mahfouz

“truthful, damning, cathartic. 

oakley’s collection speaks of the rotting mulch we live in, hoping for new shoots to sprout.”

—Polarbear

“a precious work holding an energy that makes the reader exhale in awe between each poem; oakley is really something.” 

—Caleb Femi—Young People’s Laureate for London