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.

 

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‘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.

Short Stories

A brilliant book to take on the train or for when you’re waiting to do something else – so good to have a set of short stories by different and talented writers that you can dip in and out of…click here for more information

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Get ‘Short Stories from Black Pear’ via PayPal. Thirty-four different short stories in one book.

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Wonderful News! Seaglass And Other Stories is here!

The anthology of the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition is available direct from Black Pear Press and also from Amazon as an eBook or a paperback, click here.

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Taking its title from the winning story ‘Seaglass’ by
Rebecca Burns, and consisting of twenty varied and marvellous short stories, this book is the perfect gift throughout the year. Get your copy direct from Black Pear Press via PayPal:

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Here’s some information about our winning writers:

Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, ‘Catching the Barramundi’ was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award in 2013. Rebecca was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011; winner of Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Prize in 2013. Profiled as a writer on the Grassroutes Project, an Arts Council-funded project overseen by the University of Leicester, which showcases the best transcultural writers in the county. Read more of her work at www.rebecca-burns.co.uk

Runner-up Pam Plumb’s story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ captivated the judges with its characterisation and setting.

Pam is a writer of flash fiction and short stories, based in the North East of England. One of her stories, Seven Breaths, was included in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology ‘Eating My Words’. Other writing can be found online in the third ipamphlet from PaperSwans, as well as on Paragraph Planet, among others. pamjplumb.wordpress.com

The ten short-listed writers:
A New Life MEGANNE HEARNE
Fly Joe! JACKIE BUXTON
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! JOANNE DERRICK
No Cause For Concern ALISON WASSELL
Pseudonym RICHARD ANTHONY DUNFORD
Seaglass REBECCA BURNS
Sleeping Dragons PAM PLUMB
Stopping In DIANE SIMMONS
The Faraday Cage GRAEME HALL
The Jogger in the Park KEVIN BROOKE
and the ten selected entries:
As A Moat Defensive To A House BRIAN COMBER
I Have Put Away Childish Things BRIAN COMBER
Meteors JADE CHEN
Starry, Starry Night MEGANNE HEARNE
The Art Expert’s Child JENIFER GRANGER
The Expediter JAMES STARK
The Missus SUE THOMAS
The Price Of Love JOSEPH GOVAN
The Snip CLAUDIA CRUTWELL
Unfinished Business COURTNEY JENNINGS

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction is here! FFoF Front Cover 2014The new anthology of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe’s Flash Fiction competition is now available. This much awaited book was well-received at the launch in Worcester 30th November 2014. The audience were treated to readings from the first and second prizewinners and many other flash fashionistas. Get your copies via PayPal: UK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG NonUK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG

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Barred

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Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2013, Tim Cranmore, launched his book of poetry ‘Barred’ at the Old Rec in June this year. Black Pear Press are pleased to confirm that the book is available via PayPal or from Amazon as a paperback or an eBook, see below.

Tim Cranmore was born in Worcestershire, England, and originally trained as a biochemist.
After a period in clinical research, he started making recorders at the Guildhall School of Music. He now travels the world with the recorders he makes and sells. Tim also runs courses on recorder making, he says that he and his colleagues ‘now feel that it is time for us to share what we know, and pass on the fruits of, in my case, 30 years of experience to anyone who wants it.’

Tim says he likes the idea of the 18th century musician producing a slightly worn instrument from the depths of his frock coat, and playing with his friends in the local coffee house. He is well known for his ability to make a recorder from a carrot and has entertained many with his demonstrations of doing just that!

Well known on the spoken word circuit, Tim became Worcestershire Poet Laureate in 2013. This, his first collection of poems, celebrates his time as Poet Laureate and includes poems about his carrot, plus favourites such as the beautifully melodic The Mermaid And The Mason and Tim’s humour in On My Bidet – For Catherine.

Tim holds a performer’s diploma in recorder, and has supplied many instruments to professional and amateur players all over the world during thirty years as a maker. His instruments have been used by leading players and are featured on a number of acclaimed CDs.

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The First Ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

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Short Story Competition 2014

  • The first Black Pear Press (BPP) Short Story Competition is now open
  • Closing Date Friday 26 September 2014
  • Send us your short story maximum 1500 words
  • Entry fee: £5 per story
  • For rules see below
  • Judges: Authors Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

The first ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

We’re looking for short stories of 1500 words or fewer to be submitted to us before 26 September 2014.

Competition Rules

  1. Closing date is 26 September 2014.
  2. The maximum word limit is 1500, not including the title (no minimum).
  3. Authors may submit as many stories as they wish.
  4. Submitted pieces must not have been published elsewhere, must be the entrant’s own original work and available, if selected, to be published in the anthology.
  5. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible. Copyright remains with the writer.
  6. Entries may be published on the BPP website and may be included in an anthology.
  7. Entries must be in English.
  8. Submit entries by email to pr@blackpear.net
  9. The subject line of the e-mail must read: BPP Short Story.
  10. Entries should be attached as a Word or an RTF document. Give your name and contact details in the body of the email, as well as the title and word count of your submission(s) and a circa 50 word profile of the writer in the third person. If you are paying by PayPal, your receipt no/transaction code should be included. Do not put your name or email address on the entry itself. Entries should be single spaced, in a clear font, 12pt.
  11. The winners and runners-up will be announced on the BPP website and on the BPP Facebook page.
  12. There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  13. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

Entry into the competition is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

All entries will be judged anonymously.

Judges: Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

Results announced 14 November 2014.

First prize: £75
Second prize: copies of two BPP publications

Please note that entries sent without the entry fee will not be considered and stories should be submitted only once.

All entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt of your payment. If you have not heard from us within a week please contact us. It is your responsibility to confirm your entry has been received.

No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Due to the anticipated number of submissions, we cannot accept any that do not follow submissions guidelines and rules.

Good luck!

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Enquiries may be forwarded to pr@blackpear.net