28 August 2018:
Come along to Rawtestall Cricket Club, Lancashire, at 7pm to hear my interview with local journalist Catherine Smyth about Rawtenstall's 1948 murder, as featured in my book ODD MAN OUT - A Motiveless Murder. Tickets will be on sale soon in Rawtenstall.
2 December 2017:
I'll be signing copies of my latest book 'ODD MAN OUT - A MOTIVELESS MURDER?' at Gerrards Cross Book Shop, 11am-3pm. Also present will be Joan Brant, signing copies of her debut book 'Homes for Heroes - Memories of Life in a 1940s Prefab'. Scoff chocs and chat books. Would love to see you there.
Catch my talk ;A Wistful Eye on Titanic' for the Belfast Titanic Society at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution at 7.30 pm on Monday 13 Nov. I'll be signing copies of my best selling novel 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright'.
BOOK LAUNCH of 'Odd Man Out - A Motiveless Murder?' - I'll be signing copies of 'Odd Man Out' just a few feet from where the murder of Nancy Chadwick occurred, at The Weavers' Cottage, Rawtenstall, Lancs., from 11 am till 5 pm on Sat 7 and Sun 8 October, when the centre hosts its annual Craft Fair.
Also, catch my talk about the murder at Burnley Literary Festival on Mon 9 October, when I'll be signing copies of my book at the festival's pop-up venue in Burnley's Charter Walk Shopping Centre at noon.
WOOBURN LITERARY FESTIVAL 18 Sept - 21 Oct 2017: Catch my talk on Buckinghamshire Spies & Subversives at Bourne End Library on 21 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 from the library and there will be copies of my book available to buy on the night at discounted price.
The release is imminent of my latest non-fiction, 'ODD MAN OUT'. This tells the true and tragic tale of Margaret 'Bill' Allen, a transgendered bus conductress, hanged in January 1949 for the 1948 murder of a woman she scarcely knew.
Look out also for Joan Brant's book 'Homes for Heroes', her memoir of life in a 1940s prefab, ghost written by me.
7.30 pm Mon 10 April I shall be talking about Bucks Spies & Subversives to Flackwell Heath Local History Society at their community library.
12.30 Tues 11 April is my interview with BBC Three Counties Radio on the Nick Coffer Show.
Weds 12 April 2pm come to St Andrew's Hall, Gerrards Cross, for Afternoon Tea and Cake and my talk on 'The Famous and Infamous of The Chalfonts & District'.
My new book 'Odd Man Out' is completed and will be published soon.
20 March 1960's pop idol Jess Conrad joined me at Gerrards Cross Book Shop for the re-launch of my book 'The Famous and Infamous of the Chalfonts & District.
My screenplay 'Odd Man Out' is completed and ready for submission. Now working on the book to accompany the film.
Saturday 17 December 2016:
I shall be signing copies of my books at GERRARDS CROSS BOOK SHOP 11am till 1pm. Join me for a mince pie.
Saturday 3 December 2016:
Today sees the launch of She Voices anthology 'Notes on a Page', at RICHMOND LIBRARY (extension) 2-6pm. Tea, cake & music plus readings. See you there.
Saturday 15 October 2016:
I shall be speaking at the CHORLEYWOOD LITERARY FESTIVAL. Do catch my talk on 'Buckinghamshire Spies & Subversives' at 2pm at The Junction. Tickets available from Chorleywood Book Shop or Gerrards Cross Book Shop. Tea and cake included.
Thursday 6 October 2016
Come and join me on my 'Graveyard Walk & Talk'. I shall be taking a small party of people tripping around the headstones in St Peter's Garden, Chalfont St Peter, at 10am and we shall hear about some of the famous, worthy and interesting people who lie there. Tickets from Gerrards Cross or Chorleywood Book Shops.
Saturday 21 May 2016:
Admission is FREE to the WRITERS' CAFE & POP-UP BOOK SHOP event organised by the Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival. I and 7 fellow authors will be at The Reading Room, Chalfont St Giles, to chat informally to visitors on how to get inspired, get writing and get published. Teas, Coffees & delicious home-made cakes on sale and lots of books to browse while you sip. See you there.
Saturday 16 April 2016:
A most enjoyable day was had by all at the DOWNLEY LITERARY FESTIVAL, Bucks. The speakers were No 1 bestselling author Elizabeth Buchan; writer, editor & literary agent Jemima Hunt, hugely succesful short story scribe Tracy Baines and 'Frost Magazine' editor and ace blogger Catherine Balavage. All proceeds went to the charity for wounded ex-servicemen WORDS FOR THE WOUNDED.
I am thrilled to announce that Buckinghamshire Spies & Subversives was the year's no 5 best seller of 2015 at Gerrards Cross Book Shop, beating Girl on a Train and Go Set a Watchman.
2 December: I'll be having a book signing at Gerrards Cross Book Shop 6- 8.30pm during the GX Christmas late night shopping event. Do pop in and say 'hello'.
12 December: I am one of 10 guest authors honoured to have been invited to participate with top booksellers at the KENSINGTON BOOKSELLERS FAIR in Kensington Town Hall 10.30-4.30. You'll find us near the entrance to the cafe.
On the evening of Weds 18 Nov I'll be giving my talk 'Buckinghamshire Spies & Sunversives' to HEDGERLEY HISTORICL SOCIETY.
'BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SPIES & SUBVERSIVES' IS CURRENTLY AT NO 9 IN THE TOP 20 BEST SELLERS AT GERRARDS CROSS BOOK SHOP AND NO 1 BEST SELLER AT ONLINE DISTRIBUTOR.
Weds 1 July 2015:
COME AND MEET ME AT GERRARDS CROSS BOOK SHOP THIS WEDS BETWEEN 6 AND 9 pm. I SHALL BE SIGNING COPIES OF MY JUST RELEASED BOOK:
'BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SPIES AND SUBVERSIVES'.
Wednesday 3 December 2014:
Come and meet me at GERRARDS CROSS BOOKSHOP CHRISTMAS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVENT where I shall be signing copies of my latest local history book 'The Famous and Infamous of The Chalfonts & District'. 6.30 till 8.30 pm.
Thursday 20 November 2014:
RICHMOND LITERARY FESTIVAL: Catch my talk on 'Achieving Success as an Indie Author' at The Tea Box, Paradise Rd., Richmond, kicking off promptly at 7pm.
Sunday 16 November 2014:
I will be signing books and meeting folks at the INDIE AUTHOR'S FAIR at CHORLEYWOOD LITERARY FESTIVAL, British Legion Hall, Chorleywood 2-5pm Admission FREE, talks, books, tea and cakes - what could be nicer on a Sunday afternoon?
Saturday 26 July 2014:
I'll be signing copies of THE CHALFONTS AND GERRARDS CROSS AT WAR and chatting to customers at Gerrards Cross Book Shop.
My Book 'The Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross at War' has just reached the number 3 spot in the TOP TEN BEST SELLING BOOKS bought at online book supplier FeedARead:
And my novel 'A Wistful Eye' just reached the no 7 spot, too.
I am thrilled to have been commissioned by Titchfield Festival Theatre to adapt my novel 'Running with Crows' to a 3 act play. The completed script of 'Death of a Tan' is currently with them and they hope to produce the play in the spring of 2015. I cannot wait to see it on the stage. I have also prepared a synopsis and treatment of the story, should any film production company be interested ....
15 June 2013:
GLAD Productions will be presenting a theatrical adaptation of my book 'Running with Crows' at the Dunlavin Arts Festival, County Wicklow. I am thrilled and shall be there to see it.
16 June 2013:
The Irish Book Launch of 'Running with Crows' will take place at the Dunlavin Arts Festival in Co Wicklow. I shall be giving a talk and slideshow about the Milltown Murder case; meeting local readers and writers and exploring the location of the murder which is the pivotal incident in 'Running with Crows'. I cannot wait to explore this beautiful corner of Ireland.
12 June 2013:
I shall be giving a slideshow presentation about the Mitchell case at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester (my home city). The show kicks off at 7.30pm and there will be signed copies available of 'Running with Crows'. A big 'thank you' to Arts & Cultural officer Rose Morris for arranging this and also for reading and reviewing 'Running with Crows'. I'm so looking forward to being back in my old north Manchester neighbourhood.
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'An especially well-researched book and a fascinating read' Councillor Linda Smith, Chairman Chalfont St Peter Parish Council
AVAILABLE NOW FROM GERRARDS CROSS BOOKSHOP, OFFICE DIRECT IN CHALFONT ST PETER, ONLINE, AND AT AUTHOR EVENTS.
'Provides a poignant and insightful exploration of the impact of war on people and place' - Buckinghamshire Family History Society.
It is 1921. A bloody war of reprisals wages across Ireland.
Atrocities are committed by both Republican and Black & Tans in this bitter war for Ireland’s independence.
In Dublin’s Mountjoy Gaol, Constable William Mitchell awaits execution for the murder, in a quiet Wicklow town, of magistrate Robert Dixon.
Did Mitchell Kill the magistrate?
Is he a pawn in some dirty political game?
Who is the sinister and brutal, square-jawed man whose path briefly crosses Mitchells – with fatal consequences?
DJ Kelly’s novel tells the true, but hitherto untold, story of a tragic man – the only member of the British Crown Forces to be executed for murder during the Irish War of Independence.
HAVE A LOOK AT MY VIDEO TRAILER AND 'MEET' CONSTABLE MITCHELL FOR YOUR SELF:
It is 1910, and fifty-six year old William Henry Kelly, a caulker at Belfast’s Queen’s Island shipyard, is engaged in building the White Star liner Titanic, when Belle, his beloved wife of thirty years, is brutally murdered.
Based on the true story of the author’s great grandfather, this is an account of life in Belfast’s shipyards and working class districts during the turbulent first quarter of the 20th century. Set against the background of the construction and demise of Belfast’s iconic but ill-fated super liner, and the effects of the First World War on industrial and community relations in Belfast, it tells the story of an ordinary but intelligent working man’s battle with social injustice and with the demons within himself.
A Wistful Eye reflects the monumental and tragic events of the era, as seen through the eyes of a common man, and is told with humour, pathos and an affection for the characters.
Here’s yer man himself – my great grandfather William Henry Kelly – pictured on 21 April 1910, wearing his work clothes, complete with ‘duncher’ (the flat cap of the shipwright). It was just another day at the yards, building Harland and Wolff’s latest super liner, the RMS 401 ‘Titanic' - just another ordinary day ... or was it? Before the day was out, his entire world would be turned upside down.