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WOUNDING by Heidi James – launch

We had a fantastic launch of WOUNDING by Heidi James at The Workers Arts Guild in Bloomsbury on May 1st. Wonderful reading from Heidi, lots of people turned up and we sold loads of books, so thank you to everyone that turned up. There is a cracking thread on Mumsnet at the minute about WOUNDING, so pop along and have your say if you’ve read Heidi’s book. Heidi also gave a talk and a reading at Purley Library yesterday. Lots more events coming up over the summer.

April – Arts Council Fiction Group Book of The Month

Bluemoose is proud to be a member of the Arts Council Fiction Group. All the publishers in the group have received significant Arts Council funding, either from the National Portfolio or from Grants for the Arts, and demonstrate how effective Arts Council funding has been in widening the range of fiction available to readers in England. The publishers in the group have very different lists but all share a commitment to artistic excellence, finding and nurturing the writers of the future and providing an alternative to commercial fiction.

BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers

We publish BEASTINGS on 3rd July 2014.

Ben won The 2013 Northern Writers Award.

The opening chapter of Beastings won the Northern Writers’ Award 2013. Judge Sarah Hall said:

Myers’ prose is taut, confident, professionally polished but at the same time maintaining a sense of rustic and unrefined authenticity, that which is truly hewn…it feels real – rain, mountain terrain, bothy kitchen, vestry, and all.

Frodsham Literature Festival

If you’re around this part of Cheshire on Friday 4th April at 6.30, I’m the warm up act for the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, no relation. I will talking about Independent publishing and the fun we’re ahbing publishing some cracking books that have won awards and also the trials and tribulations of the New Age of publishing as Amazon, the death star, consumes all that lays before it.

Visit the festival's website for more information.

Socrates Adams goes to Hollywood

Bluemoose author Socrates Adams, whose novel, A MODERN FAMILY, we published late July 2013, is off to Hollywood. Jack Black will be producing a remake of WIZARDS WAY, co-written and starring Socrates. Socrates, Joe Stretch and Chris Killem made the film for £400. It won the London Comedy Award 2012, was premiered at The BFI last January and will be premiered at the Slamdance Festival in the United States on January 19th. Apparently Jack will be buying the cocktails.

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