DJ Kelly - Author
DJ Kelly - Author

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See a list of upcoming book signings, readings, etc.

April 2017:

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.

March 2017:   

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.

February 2017:

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. 

January 2016:

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.

December 2015:

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.

http://www.pbfa.org/book-fairs/kensington-christmas-book-fair-/4292

November 2015:

On the evening of Weds 18 Nov I'll be giving my talk 'Buckinghamshire Spies & Sunversives' to HEDGERLEY HISTORICL SOCIETY.

August 2015:

'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.

March 2014:

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:

http://www.feedaread.com/books/top-ten.aspx

And my novel 'A Wistful Eye' just reached the no 7 spot, too.

September 2013:

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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Contact

If you have read any of my scribblings and would like to ask me about it,  do drop me an e mail via: 
denise@djkelly.co.uk

Come and read my blogs at:djkellyauthor.wordpress.com

in draft:

Homes for Heroes - Life in a 1940s Prefab

A Collaboration between Joan Brant and Denise Beddows.  As a response to the post-war housing crisis, the  British Government planned to build half a million pre-fabricated homes, mainly for the demobilised troops and their families. Forty-six such 'prefabs' were erected at Finch Lane, Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Intended to be in use for only ten years or so, the prefabs were in fact occupied for over forty years. In 1987, all but one of the Finch Lane prefabs were demolished. No 6 was dismantled and re-erected at Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. This is a warm, nostalgic and humorous account of the family that lived in this very prefab. This book is due for publication in Autumn 2017. Proceeds to support the museum.

My Boy Bill  [a screenplay]

Inspired by true events: in a postwar Lancashire mill town 'Bill'  - a 42 year old  bus conductress who believes she is a man born into a woman's body  - is uncompromising in the daily battle for acceptance. Unexpectedly Bill finds love and happiness, but then a local woman  is murdered …

Odd Man Out

Non fiction account of the true but tragic history of Margaret 'Bill' Allen, subject of the above screenplay. Coming soon.

 

 

Hamburg Rising [working title, a novel]

Based on another tragic figure in the Kelly family, this is the second novel in the 'Kelly trilogy'.  It follows the adventures of Jim Kelly, the author's grandfather, a handsome, cheerful and indefatigable mariner.  It glimpses his childhood in Belfast's tough Sailortown district and steers us through his days in the Edwardian Navy's China Fleet when he survives shipwreck, the sea battles of World War One and a major naval mutiny, only to face the most dangerous time of his life -  the Hamburg Uprising of 1923. 

Boxty and Bagels [working title, a memoir]

A memoir of post-war life in Manchester. This is a warm account of the author's Irish family in Manchester's working class, predominantly Jewish district:  bacon bagels; bombsites and barmitzvahs; chimney fires and chips. Who or what was the dreaded Kitty Chasm? Who was the even more dreaded Sister Philomena? An exploration of the inextricable links between memory and identity, this will be the third book in the 'Kelly Trilogy'.

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Wicklow Warrior  [a 3-Act stage play]

It is 1921 and in the police barracks in a quiet Wicklow town, ‘Black & Tans’ Mitch and Arthur contemplate their future prospects and the anticipated truce that will end two years of bloody conflict. When a respected local magistrate is murdered, however, one of them  finds himself sentenced to death.


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