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How to be innovative, independent and quit social media

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As a writer and a publisher, it seems self-evident that I should be on social media. Yet recently, I've been questioning this.

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We'll always have Paris

Flyer advertising Jez Noond's contribution to The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction

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2018 Poetry Pamphlet Prize Adjudication


Thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 pamphlet competition.

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More Cowboy

Front cover of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

As something of a follow-up to last September's blog — and to (gently ☺) remind you it's on its way, Maria Jastrzębska has posted an interesting article on her upcoming book, The True Story of Cowboy Hat & Ingénue, which will be out in October but can be pre-ordered now.

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Marking your card . . .

Front cover of Rotterdam

Don't forget poet David Batten will be launching his second full poetry collection, Untergang at Kyffin Café on Friday, 11 May. Fiona & Gorwel Owen will be on hand to give a few songs and Dave will be reading with some bloke called Adam Craig, whose latest novel is apparently In Dreams the Minotaur Appears Last ☺ I'm looking forward to the next T. Lobsang Rampa, myself … hem-hem.

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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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Wheel of the Year Mini-competition Results

This as been a big, ambitious undertaking, in eight sections through the past year, with a big response to read and consider. But we're proud to announce that the results are now in — hearty congratulations to the following writers, who have been chosen to appear in the forthcoming special, limited edition pamphlet Wheel of the Year:

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Debut Poetry Collection Prize, 2018

Thank you to everyone who entered the Debut Poetry Collection Prize this year. We had a very strong long list — congratulations to everyone who made it on to it — which was narrowed down to ten excellent entries from eight poets (2 submitted two entries that were each strong). The short list was:

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2017 Debut Novel/Novella Prize — The Results

a candle burns beside an open book

It's never easy judging a competition and this year's entrants to the Debut Novel Prize were a particularly knotty group to unpick. But, at last, we managed to decide on a 15 strong long list to go over — and over — to arrive at the final short list of:

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Launching The Kim's Game and In the Cinnamon Corners

Liz Hayward reads from In the Cinnamon Corners
Liz reads one of her poems
The audience listen as Stephanie introduces her novel
Stephanie holds up a snow globe similar to the one featured in the book
Stephanie explains an extract from the book
Stephanie's husband, Adrain reads an extract in the voice Hal, the book's central character
Adrian reads as the audience watches attentively
Jan Fortune leads the applause at the end of the readings

Another weekend, another Cinnamon launch? Almost. Well, hardly. It looked as though Liz Hayward wasn't going to make it at all, rushing in just in time — thanks to them wonderful English roads — but she didn't let the flusters get in the way of a great reading from her contribution to In the Cinnamon Corners.

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Launching Girl Without Skin

A view from the back of a packed room
Connie reading from her novel
Jan introduces the book at Connie looks on
Connie gesturing as she explains the background of the book
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Jan and the audience clap at the end of the reading

Last Monday (18th September) saw the launch of Connie Ramsay Bott's gripping novel-in-collage, Girl Without Skin at the Leamington branch of Waterstone's.

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Maria Jastrzebska on The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

Front cover of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue
Photo of Maria Jastrzebska standing, gesturing as she reads to an audience
Photo of Maria Jastrzebska sitting, talking to an audience

In this fascinating article, Maria Jastrzębska talks about the genesis and background of her eagerly awaited new book.

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Maria Jastrzebska Comes to Liquorice Fish

Front cover of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

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2017 Annual Short Story Prize

It's been a bit of a wait but we're happy to announce that the annual short story prize has now been adjudicated. The competition for the winning slots was close, the gap between third and first place was tremendously narrow, so the job of deciding was particularly hard. However, here are my final choices:

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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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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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To the Middle of Love - Punch-drunk?

Cover design for To the Middle of Love
Omar reading from To the Middle of Love
Omar reading from To the Middle of Love

Okay, terrible pun but great book …

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Launching Under the Pipal Tree in Greenwich

The audience before the reading began
Anjana shares a joke with the audience during her introduction
Anjana laughing with the audience
Anjana explaining an aspect of the novel during the questions session afterwards
Anjana talking with her hands
Anjana laughing

Anjana Chowdhury launched her novel, Under the Pipal Tree at an event organised by the wonderful Irene Hill of in-words. West Greenwich Library was filled to capacity by a very enthusiastic audience who were thoroughly enjoyed what was a warm and captivating launch.

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