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Tomorrow's Moon

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A woman standing in front of the setting sun

Gail Ashton's autobiography, Not the Sky finds a unique way through memory and family history. In this article, she talks a little about the book.

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Guest — Karen Maitland
'Things never quite told,' - what a beautiful phrase and it completely captures for me the essence of trying to make sense of one'... Read More
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:55
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Writing Whenever

Writing Whenever
A woman in silhouette looks upward

by Sarah Connell

From seven to seventy there is a line, an invisible one that only I can see. From the child who sat in the library, too shy and too unconfident to admit to the questioner that she wanted to be a writer, the line stretches to my seventieth birthday celebration when my debut novel was launched. What connects them is the years of a full family and working life, when the notebooks filled up, the drafts were abandoned, ideas dreamed of and lost, and I never admitted out loud that I was always writing.

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How inspiring this is. When we reach a certain age and haven't been successful with our writing, we begin to think it's too late f... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:18
John Irving Clarke
Not only does Whenever pose an intriguing opening question which draws readers in from the outset, but the story behind the book i... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:52
Heather Prendergast
I love experiences like this as I've always felt it's important to believe in what you love and enjoy. Then miracles happen to hel... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:52
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Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures
a stone causeway across a river

by Mark Charlton

For the last three months I've been lecturing at the University of the West of England, teaching copy writing and professional practice. It's been as much a journey for me as my students, and a tonic, in the twilight of my career, to feel I have something to offer. But more than that, it's been a period of self reflection, for if I've learned one thing about teaching undergraduates, it's that it requires looking as deeply into your own practice as theirs.

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Guest — Ann Perrin
Loved this post rang so many bells!
Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:20
Guest — Daphne Milne
It's a very satisfying moment when a student 'gets' what one has been trying to convey.
Friday, 12 July 2019 10:47
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Poetry and Prints

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An illustration of a pebble with unusual markings
A drawing of a motorway at night

by Nick Jones

When writing poetry, I try to capture meaning, whether it is in joy, wonder or melancholy. I think that a good poem is often understated, allowing the reader space for their imagination to interpret the poem in their own way.

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In Search of Humans, Being

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A man and a young boy stand silhouetted in a doorway

by Gareth Davies

Imagine a book launch that takes in seven countries, 16 venues and has audiences of between 50 and 250 people at each event. Established authors would give their eye-teeth for such a tour, let alone someone who is publishing their debut novel. It sounds too good to be true but I was in seven countries, I did attend all of those events and I was in front of all of those people. This was the because the launch of my book, Humans, Being, coincided with the busiest spring I have had in my 'day' job for years, meaning I have been able to piggyback an unofficial launch tour on to my work-a-day travels.

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Absolutely enjoyed your blog Gareth. So funny and so encouraging. Have just paid for a copy: seduced by the blurb! All the best wi... Read More
Monday, 24 June 2019 19:04
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Launching White Leaves

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Tracey reading from her novel
Tracey taking questions from a packed audience
Jan Fortune and Tracey Iceton introduce the book to the audience
Tracey takes a breather after the reading

White Leaves of Peace
at Drakes Bookshop, 26th April, 2019

by Tracey Iceton

Having already launched parts one and two of my Celtic Colours Trilogy, I should have felt at ease for the launch of White Leaves of Peace, after all, this was familiar ground to me. But the novel is about what it's been like for those growing up in the north of Ireland since the 1998 Peace Agreement. And, as the novel reveals, that experience has not been the carefree childhood that should have been inevitable in the wake of Good Friday 1998.

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Tracey, you are brave indeed! While voices remain quietened then the terrorists win. Well done on empowering victims within fictio... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 11:02
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Poets Talking to Themselves

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Two men talk intently, a large graffiti face watching, unnoticed

by Ian Gregson

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I have written poetry and songs for years, but rarely buy poetry books or submit to magazines. I have an Eng. Lit. & Lang. Degree ... Read More
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Guest — Jean Harrison
I think there's a place for political poetry on Facebook. If it received comments that should count as publication and show that p... Read More
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:18
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The pleasure of a Writing Competition

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Stephanie holds up her trophy while standing alongside Amanda Burton

by Stephanie Percival

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Pizza with Jimbob, Twoforks & Ashley

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The cover of the Ashley's new book
A photo of Ashley in a blue top

Not long now until the much anticipated launch of Ashley Lloyd Smith's debut novel, Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks, at Derby Waterstone's on 1 October — "amazement" is promised(!), so it's a launch not to be missed.

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Where There's Method...

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Front cover of Tamsin Hopkin's Shore to Shore

Ahead of the official launch of The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction in Paris at the end of the month, here's an extract from Tamsin Hopkins' fascinating and revealing article in the Review investigating her approach to writing short fiction…

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Twelve Days of Editing at a Sri Lankan Cabin

Ahead of the publication of Undressing Stone, author Hazel Manuel gives an insight into the novel's editing.

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Pamphlet Triumph

We're very excited to announce that our very own David Mark Williams (author of The Odd Sock Exchange), has won the Hedgehog Press inaugural "Slim Volume of One’s Own" Collection Competition 2018.

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Putting it out there — reflections on launching Wristwatch

Guest blog by Jay Whittaker.

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Landeg White

We were extremely sorry to hear that Landeg White passed away in the early hours of Sunday, 3 December. Born in South Wales in 1940, Landeg was a gifted writer, academic, novelist and poet, who published two of his novels with Cinnamon Press, most recently Ultimatum, which will be launched in February.

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I am extremely sad to learn of Landeg's death. My sympathies to Mary Alice and the boys. I corresponded with this great poet and a... Read More
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 21:08
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The Story Continues

Cover art for Jan's forthcoming book

If you've been following Jan's blog you'll know she's been hard at work on the sequel to her extraordinary novel, This is the End of the Story — a book described by one reviewer as "incredible … one of the finest examples of experimental contemporary fiction I have read" and one we're very proud of indeed. Meanwhile, Cinnamon's intrepid team of artists have been labouring over the cover to this next volume, A Remedy for All Things (okay, not so much a "team" as me and Freyja, who generally works in an executive capacity although she's not above rolling up her sleeves and helping by, say, sitting on my keyboard or swatting the mouse to the floor). A much anticipated and debated cover it has been, too (at least by Jan and Freyja … mostly Jan, if the truth be known) and, at last, in this exclusive preview, we can unveil the finished artwork. Drum roll, Don …

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What Rain Taught Me


To celebrate the official launch of her new collection, What Rain Taught Us, at the Cinnamon Summer Picnic in Wirksworth on 2 July, Gail Ashton tells us something of the background of this remarkable new work:

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Approaches to Writing


A photo of Nigel Hutchinson
A photo of Nigel Hutchinson

With the official launch of his debut collection, The Humble Family Interviews, at Waterstone's, Birmingham, this week, Nigel Hutchinson offers some thoughts to the hows and whys of writing.

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Poetry at Chichester University

Emma-Jane introducing her book
Emma-Jane introducing a poem from her book
Emma Jane listens as Donna introduces her pamphlet
Donna reading from her pamphlet
Donna reading from her pamphlet
Emma-Jane and Donna share a laugh before the start of the Q&A
Emma-Jane answering a question
Donna considering her answer

We travelled back to Chichester University last week to launch Emma-Jane Hughes's debut collection The Mechanics of Love and Donna Kirstein's pamphlet Borderlands.

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Richard Douglas Pennant at Kyffin

Richard talking to poet Gwynne Wheldon Evans
Richard signing a copy of Lines in the Sky
Richard chatting while signing books
Jan and co chatting at the end of Richard's reading

Richard Douglas Pennant's delicate debut collection of prose poetry, Lines in the Sky received an intimate but intense launch at the end of April.

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New Eden Poets

Jacci with Kenneth Wilson and members of the New Eden Poets

Saturday, 22 April saw the 'New Eden Poets' plus cellist Kenneth Wilson performing and fundraising at a great new venue, The Old Fire Station, in Penrith. Jacci Bulman, who organises events through 'Eden 4 Poetry', was very glad to see a happy audience enjoying a night of brilliant poetry and music, all raising funds for the charity 'Practical Action'. Over £100 was raised, and everyone enjoyed a great evening together, celebrating poetry in Cumbria.

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