Manchester Metropolitan University Novella Awards

I will be part of a panel discussing books and words at The MMU Novella Awards on Saturday 12th July.

I will be joined by Alison Moore, whose novel, The Lighthouse was short listed for The Man Booker. Livi Michael, author of The Whispering Road and Nicholas Royle, representing Salt Publishing.

Bluemoose author Michael Stewart will be talking about his award winning novel KING CROW.


The June ACFG Book of the month for June, is WOUNDING by Heidi James.

‘Cora has everything a woman is supposed to want – a career, a caring hsband, children, and a stylish home. Desperate for release and burdened with guilt she falls into a pattern of ever increasing violence and sexual degradation till a one night stand tips her over the edge.’

Wounding explores a woman’s search for redemption, identity and truth.

A First For Bluemoose Books – Promotion at UK Airports

STRANGER THAN KINDNESS by Mark A Radcliffe is the first Bluemoose title to be sold at UK airports. It is part of WHSmith Travel’s six week Spring promotion, so as you idle the hours away waiting for that flight you can grab Mark’s latest book and like JO BRAND says on the cover, you can ‘ step into an alternative world,’ and one in which she wanted to stay in for a long time.’

If, of course, you’re travelling courtesy of a ‘No frills airline’ and:

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.


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