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

My Debut Novel

I had always known that my great grandfather, William Henry Kelly, was a ship's caulker at Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard and so, naturally, I had often wondered if he might have had any connection with the White Star Line's iconic, yet ill-fated, super liner Titanic.  However, it was not until my family history research uncovered a grisly family tragedy that I was able to confirm this connection.

 

My great grandmother's 1910 death certificate indicated she had been the victim of a brutal murder.  Various source records confirmed that her husband had indeed been engaged in building Titanic at the time of her death.  As the tragic story unravelled, I found myself exploring the wider social context of William Henry's life and times.  Gradually, a portrait emerged of an industrious, intelligent and socially conscious tradesman, who, with all his quirks and human frailties, actively engaged in the struggle for social equality - to his cost.

 

The grandeur of the White Star vessels and the opulent lifestyle of her first class passengers contrasted starkly with the precarious day-to-day existence and insalubrious living and working conditions of the skilled men who actually built the ships.  I discovered also that my great grandparents lie buried alongside two infants who had both died from marasmus - a starvation disease which exists today only in poorer parts of rural Africa.  That the children of men in full-time employment, in an industrialised British city at the turn of the 20th century, should have died from starvation seemed incomprehensible.  I determined to find out why.

 

Out in all weathers, inadequately clothed, from his vantage point up on the flimsy wooden staging, William Henry witnessed fatal accidents, the launches of the superliners and also retirement celebrations for Harland & Wolff's wealthy dignitaries, knowing however that he himself would never enjoy retirement, but would in all likelihood die in harness, probably in his work place.  There being few accounts of the lives of the tradesmen who built Titanic, I felt compelled to write his story. 

 

A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright reflects the monumental and tragic events of the era, as seen through the eyes of a common man, is now available to buy, in paperback, via Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and to order via all good bookshops. Ask at your local bookshop - ISBN: 978-1-908895-09-7


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