BPP in Writing Magazine – July 2016

Great to see the Black Pear Press short story competition is shown in the July 2016 edition of Writing Magazine.

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Celebrity Chef in First Novel

Lovers of good food and a good read will be coming back for more after devouring Frances Bennett’s first thriller Seeds of Destruction.  The novel features celebrity chef, Hester, whose orderly life is thrown into chaos by her stepson,
Simon.
Hester views Simon with maternal affection, unaware that he harbours a dangerous obsession.
The seeds of destruction have their roots in Simon’s bitter and lonely childhood. On the death of his grandfather he becomes wealthy enough to abandon his teaching job and, with ruthless determination, plans to remove anyone who stands between him and the attainment of his dream. Gradually losing all touch with reality, his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, with terrifying, destructive consequences.

About the author

Frances Bennett was a war baby, born in Dorset. Due to her father’s work, she moved home frequently until she was around ten years old. Her brother, nine years older, was away at boarding school and then worked in London, so Frances felt very much on her own. She was a solitary child and a voracious reader of Dickens, Thackeray, Kipling and more. They gave her an immense love of words and the separate world we enter when lost in a gripping story.

Frances had varied careers including those in antique jewellery and restaurant management; had a family, divorced, remarried happily to an artist but was widowed three years later.

Main sources of enjoyment for Frances include reading, writing, classical music, theatre, cooking, eating out and socialising with family and friends. She lives near Worcester Cathedral.

Frances says she’s been writing on and off for twenty-five years. She’s completed four novels, several short stories and ‘some poetry’.  Seeds of Destruction is the first novel to be published.

Seeds of Destruction was launched Sunday 12 October, 16:00-18:00 at St Swithun’s Institute, to considerable acclaim.

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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

Seeds of Destruction

The seeds of destruction have their roots in Simon’s bitter and lonely childhood. On the death of his grandfather he becomes wealthy enough to abandon his teaching job and, with ruthless determination, plans to remove anyone who stands between him and the attainment of his dream. Gradually losing all touch with reality, his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, with terrifying, destructive consequences.

The story unfolds through the eyes of Hester, a celebrity chef whose orderly life is thrown into chaos by her stepson, Simon. She views him with maternal affection, unaware that he harbours a dangerous obsession.

New author, Frances Bennett, is to launch her first novel Seeds of Destruction. Look out for the launch date!

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Coming Soon! Jimmy Cricket

The newest title from Black Pear Press, Jimmy Cricket, will be published soon, so watch out for the launch date.

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Jimmy Cricket by Kevin Brooke is about that exciting and yet terrifying time in life, the early-to-mid-teens. Seen through the eyes of the main character, Jimmy Latham, this story shows how teenagers can, with the right support, survive just about anything.  Set soon after Jimmy’s fifteenth birthday and a year after the death of his parents in a car accident, his life is in disarray. He joins a bereavement club with a difference, where they play cricket as a form of emotional release, and he’s given the chance to focus on something positive.

Feedback from readers of the story so far includes:

‘A gripping read, I was drawn into the character as if I knew him. Very descriptive, thrilling and in some parts humorous. I would recommend this to my friends. Can’t wait for the next book (no pressure Kevin).’ Tom Bailey, aged 14

‘From start to finish it was exciting – I was desperate to read on. The main character was fun and mysterious.’ Genevieve Brown – aged 12

Although aimed at teenagers, Black Pear Press are convinced ‘Jimmy Cricket’ will be successful as a crossover book, a spokesperson said, ‘It’s a rare opportunity to support a local author who knows his target audience so well. When we read ‘Jimmy Cricket’ we couldn’t put it down, it has great ‘PTQ’ (page turning qualities).

Watch this space!

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Portraits of Prose

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Portraits of Prose Andrew Owens

Portraits of Prose is a collection of compelling short stories, each with the power to draw you in and leave a lasting impression. Each tale is concise, unique and well sustained and there is sincerity and feeling in every word. Whether it be the emotionally driven ‘30 Seconds’, the intense and disturbing ‘Sinister Justice’ or the touching and tender ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter’, there is something for everyone in this book. With their lovely easy to read style, these insightful stories engage the reader from the first paragraph to the last.

‘Delightfully impish’ – Glenn James co-founder of 42 Worcester (‘No Strings Attached’)

‘Concise, atmospheric, and with three twists, it engaged and was pretty much a case study in how to get it right’ – Gary Longden behind the arras (‘Bootleg to Paris’)

“Memorable, witty and highly amusing” – Fergus McGonigal (‘Between Friends’)

‘A creepy story with a very surprising twist in the tail’ – Jill King Worcester Writers’ Circle (‘While We Were Out’)

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The Not So Stories

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Prof Rod Griffiths has always admired Kipling’s Just So Stories. Kipling was expansive in his style and enjoyed playing with words. For example, we are told that the Whale:

“ate the Starfish and the Garfish, and the Crab and the Dab, and the Plaice and the Dace, and the Skate and his mate, and the Mackereel and the Pickereel and the really Twirly-Whirly Eel.”

Rod continues, ‘It is charming and quirky but hardly punchy. My stories are shorter. They have been developed in performances at story-telling gigs where time and word counts are limited. I aim to be at least mildly funny because in live performances laughter works so much better than tears.

‘Some of the charm of Kipling’s stories is in his use of simple questions: How did the tiger get his stripes? How did the camel get his hump? Kipling did not exhaust all such questions, so I thought it might be fun to explore a few more, like “Why do swallows sit on phone wires?” and “Why pigs don’t fly”. I have tried to imagine explanations that are vaguely plausible, though clearly impossible. None of these stories are true, or at least not completely true, hence they are Not So Stories.

‘In another departure from Kipling, I have to say that these are not children’s stories, though they are not about what is commonly called adult material; they are simply a little more complicated or in some cases require some background knowledge before the reader is likely to get the point. In some cases the logic may appear a little twisted or even quirky.

‘There are other stories, some of which have a common theme; “String Theory” three stories, “Zombies” four stories and “Gordis Thriff” five Stories. A little more background to these is included at the start of each of those sections. Two of the String Theory stories also fit the “Why Do…” format, but are included in the String Theory section.’

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