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.

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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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

 

Join us, Thursday 15 March for a 7.30pm start, Drummonds Bar, The Swan With Two Nicks, 28 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP – free entry and books will be available. Math will read accompanied by other voices poetic and musical.

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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.

Hampshire Book Launch

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When Lissa Byrne inherits her grandfather’s house in the Malvern Hills, the hostility of disappointed relatives seems like trouble enough. The old man’s dying plea for her forgiveness is a mystery that Lissa cannot begin to solve.

Her cousin’s arrival forces her to think again. Kit Pevensey, her first love and once her closest friend, has been gone for five years and has regrets of his own; but their grandfather wrote to Kit just before he died, with a warning that Lissa is in danger.

As Lissa and Kit try to rebuild their relationship, events draw them ever deeper into their family’s troubled history. The race is on, from the Malvern Hills to the snow-swept coast of West Wales, to unearth the story of a lost generation before it’s too late; for the past can do worse than haunt your dreams and betray your most treasured memories.

 

‘Echo Of Bells’ Is Coming

The past is waiting…
The past will find you…
The past can kill.

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Join us for the launch of Echo of Bells by Jill Todd: an impressive psychological thriller set in the Malverns.

Hear extracts from the book, meet the author, ask her a question at The Lyttelton Well,
6 Church St, Malvern WR14 2AY
Sunday 11 September, doors open at 15:00 for a 15:30 start.
Signed copies will be on sale at £8.

Entry is free. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

“When Lissa Byrne inherits her grandfather’s house in
the Malvern Hills, the hostility of disappointed
relatives seems like trouble enough. The old man’s
dying plea for her forgiveness is a mystery that Lissa
cannot begin to solve.

“Her cousin’s arrival forces her to think again. Kit
Pevensey, her first love and once her closest friend,
has been gone for five years and has regrets of his
own; but their grandfather wrote to Kit just before he
died, with a warning that Lissa is in danger.

“As Lissa and Kit try to rebuild their relationship,
events draw them ever deeper into their family’s
troubled history. The race is on, from the Malvern
Hills to the snow-swept coast of West Wales, to
unearth the story of a lost generation before it’s too
late—for the past can do worse than haunt your
dreams and betray your most treasured memories.”

Jill Todd lives in Hampshire. She is a regular visitor to the Malverns, where several family members have lived for many years.