Festival Launch

The 19th Sept see the launch of Chasing Shadows at the New Writers UK Festival V
I'll be giving a talk and signing books and if that's not enough you can check out the following:

Creative writing workshop : Guest speakers : Independent Publishers : Book stalls : Snapshot presentations : Support for new writers: Secondhand Books : Raffle : Refreshments : Free Admission and Parking

Date: Saturday 19th Sep 2009, Assembly Rooms,County Hall,West Bridgford,Nottingham NG2 7QP,
From: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Our Guests: Helen Hollick, Author and Scriptwriter Mark Thornton, Proprietor, Mostly Books, Abingdon Simon Potter, Publishing Manager, Print on demand– Worldwide, Steve Bowkett, Educational Consultant and Author, Raj Pathak, Film-maker and the Producer Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor David Taylor. AuthorHouse UK Ltd and Discovered Authors, Historical novels, crime, thrillers, true-life stories, children’s and teen fantasy adventures, ghost stories, non-fiction and more.

Special Event:Prize presentation to winners of the Creative Writing Competition for Children at 2.00pm. Prizes presented by Des Coleman of BBC East Midlands TV


New Writers UK

The NewWritersUK are a non-profit making, ever expanding group, supporting authors and prospective authors alike. If you live in the UK and have ever written - or would like to write - a book, then check out what we have to offer.
From getting published to selling you novels, NewWritersUK is here to help in all aspects of the writing process. Members include: editors, cover designers, web specialists, and authors of fiction and non-fiction, covering practically every genre.
Our members have access to an online forum where you can post questions and discuss all aspects of the writing/publishing/marketing process with fellow authors.
Every year we hold a festival in Nottinghamshire, at which non-members are
welcome to attend.
For more information, or details on how to join us, visit


John Hughes

Just heard that John Hughes has died of a heart attack, aged 59. Hughes is the writer behind - and often produced/director of - many wonderful films such as the Home Alone movies, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Dennis, Baby’s Day Out, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. His accessible humour, both visual and verbal, together with his capturing of what it’s like to grow up, made Hughes one of the great exponents of the family movie. Never preachy, he made touching, emotionally moving films which avoided over sentimentality. RIP John.


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