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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...how I got started as a writer.
The most important influence in this life choice was my father. His school teachers had kindled within him a deep interest in literature, but the death of his merchant seaman father when he was just two years old meant he was destined for manual work. A hard working maintenance engineer, he worked for the same company for over forty years, but spent his every off duty moment reading, when his infant daughter wasn't pestering him to teaching her to read too. In fact, he started teaching me to read when I was just three years old, so that, when I started school at age 4, I was ahead of the game. A man with a great sense of humour and a strong work ethic, he would enthrall me with his adventure stories and make me chuckle with his funny stories and jokes. He even fought a battle of wits with a snotty library assistant to get me membership of our mobile library, three years ahead of my reaching the qualifying age. He taught me how to tell a captivating story. Although he never knew his own father, David Kelly became a strong role model and a major influence in my life. My first novel is therefore lovingly dedicated to my Dad.
...inspiration for my books?
I never seem to be short of inspiration - only time. My family history research has introduced me to a range of diverse characters, each with their own fascinating story to tell - except that they can no longer tell those stories for themselves, so I shall have to do so on their behalf. This gives a new meaning to 'ghost writing'!
Now chums, I don't want to spook you out, but, when I was writing 'A Wistful Eye', which I started a few years back when living in Portugal, I often came home, weary after an early shift, and curled up in my big armchair with a refreshing cup of Earl Grey and my treasured green laptop, and, although absorbed in my writing, I would get the distinct feeling there was someone looking over my shoulder, reading my jottings. I'd glance swiftly around, but could see no-one. Was that you, William Henry? Were you whispering in my ear? I hope you are happy with the result.
I am lucky to have some cousins, in Ireland, England and Australia, who have also inspired me and who assist me in my research. They may not realise that a chance remark or recollection on their part, let alone the sterling research they pursue, can often fire up my imagination and set me scribbling. BIG thanks therefore to Mary, Jane, Gill & Jean. Mary - your search skills are amazing. You are a veritable bloodhound. How you manage this, whilst hanging upside down from a gum tree, is beyond me!