C.S.Barnes Launches First Book

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Luke Kennard said:

“Blazingly self-aware, bracingly frank, funny and sad in shovel-loads. The Women You Were Warned About is the arrival of an urgent new voice. Barnes brings unflinching focus to our relationships and politics, always compelling, always troubling. I read it compulsively in one sitting, but I know I’ll still be coming back to it years later.”

Nina Lewis commented:

“Repulsive characters, surprising outcomes and dry humour result in stories that will make you laugh and some that will make you retch. It is impossible not to be swept along by the post modern narrative. Hideously dark, ‘this motley crew of unsavoury women’ aren’t asking for it, they are taking it!

“The Women You Were Warned About is an immensely satisfying read. C.S.Barnes weaves evocative prose and interview transcripts together, ambitiously mirroring David Foster Wallace’s experimental style. As Barnes’s says; ‘Unconventional stories…deserved some unconventional telling.’ You will certainly find some unusual recounts in these pages.

“The questions may be missing but the answers are all there. The stories will resonant long after you have put the book down. A compelling début collection.”

The Women You Were Warned About: Answers To Absent Questions is available directly from Black Pear Press at £7 per copy plus P&P. If you wish to purchase multiple copies please email ps@blackpear.net and advise the number of copies you’d like to order; a PayPal link will be issued specifically for you.

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C.S. Barnes is a Worcestershire-based writer and poet who is
currently working towards her doctorate in Creative Writing.
While Barnes’s interests initially lay exclusively in poetry, her
academic studies have seen her experiment with other styles of
writing—namely the short story—and, as part of her current
degree, Barnes is now working on her first full-length novel.

Alongside her writing endeavours Barnes is also a creative writing
tutor. She has worked with primary and secondary school
students, all the way through to the undergraduate students at her
own university, where she has been tutoring for the past two
years.

The Women You Were Warned About: Answers to Absent Questions,
is Barnes’s first full-length publication and, after having so much
fun with the women contained within these stories, she sincerely
looks forward to the possibility of working with such hideous
women again in the future.

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Chatterton

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GREAT NEWS! Chatterton is out as an eBook! To read on Kindle and other platforms click here.

A limited first edition of 50 copies of this pamphlet signed by the author. PAPERBACK VERSION–SOLD OUT!

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Black Pear Press published ‘Chatterton’, a series of poems about the 17 year old starving poet in a garret, Thomas Chatterton. Did he commit suicide or was it an accidental death? You decide.

Polly Stretton has created a series of poems about Thomas Chatterton from the viewpoints of those who loved or were somehow influenced by him, gathered around the foot of his deathbed, remembering and commenting on his life.

Polly says, ‘I’ve loved the Henry Wallis painting (shown on the pamphlet cover) since I studied the pre-Raphaelites – it’s been the inspiration for this series.’

Award winning novelist, Carrie Rubin said, ‘Chatterton – A Series of Poems explores loved ones’ possible reactions to young Thomas Chatterton’s death, using Henry Wallis’s painting Death of  Chatterton as a launching point. The verses are wonderfully visceral, and I enjoyed learning about this tragic young lad. The poem by “The Mother” about broke my heart. Only Ms. Stretton could get me to read a collection of themed poems. And I’m so glad I did!’

Chris Moran wrote to say, ‘Just to let you know your books arrived and I have totally devoured mine! I shall read it again and again. I’m looking forward to sending it to my friend in America…’

Poet Alex Carr-Malcolm said, ‘If you haven’t already ordered a copy, I can thoroughly recommend this collection. What a unique idea to look at many viewpoints. Each with their own take on the life and death of Chatterton. Beautiful poetry, an anthology that you will delve into again and again. Thought provoking and profound – a must for every collection.’

Writer Jenifer Granger said ‘This series puts me in mind of Russian poetry, in the best possible sense.’

Chatterton was performed by writers at 42 Worcester 30th April 2014, at Coach House Writers 1st May 2014 and by writers from Worcester Writers’ Circle 12th June 2014.

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Polly Stretton is a member of Worcester Writers’ Circle and part of the Worcestershire Literary Festival team. She has performed her poetry at spoken word events such as Worcester SpeakEasy, 42 Worcester, Mouth & Music, and at The Poetry Place in Covent Garden. Her writing has been published in many anthologies, most recently, Slants of Light, The Paragram Poetry Prize Anthology in which she was shortlisted with her poem Latent. Last year she was published in The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry. Polly released the first edition of Girl’s Got Rhythm in 2012 and the second edition in 2014.