Fables and Fabrications

Regular Alchemy Press editor Jan Edwards’ collection, Fables and Fabrications, has received a rather splendid review by Andrew Darlington. He describes the book thus:

You’ll be drawn to this book – in her words, like a hungry she-bear scenting tethered sheep. Announced as ‘fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre’ this is not the grind-core slasher-horror of gut-wrenching torture-porn, more the luring strangeness of some lost golden age.

Pop over to the Our Fantasy Realm website to read more.

 

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Ghosts at the Gladstone

The Alchemy Press, Penkhull Press and the writing group Renegade Writers are hosting an afternoon of ghost and spooky stories at the Gladstone Museum on 31 October (from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm). The event is free but you will need to reserve tickets. Put it in your diary now!

 

Leominster Book Fair

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Last Saturday we were in Leominster’s Grange, a gorgeous historic building close to the town centre. We’re pleased to say that our Sat Nav negotiated the narrow streets to perfection — unlike friend Malcolm Havard’s, which sent him down a cul de sac.

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The Alchemy Press table was shared with the Penkhull Press, which publishes Malcolm’s First Book of Gabriel, a humorous take on world creation (and many other things!). Both Jan Edwards (Leinster Gardens and Sussex Tales) and Malcolm read extracts during the afternoon.

 

Sussex Tales

Alchemy Press editor Jan Edwards has a new book, just out on Penkhull Press. Sussex Tales, is a collection of stories/memoirs of a childhood in Sussex:

Winner of the Winchester Conference Slim Volume prize. Jan Edwards’ prize-winning Sussex Tales runs a witty and thought-provoking gamut of village events and of its more curious characters. From fanged ferrets to bulls in lead masks; ancient hand grenades to exploding ginger beer; cricketing dogs to wassailing orchards, Sussex Tales weaves traditional country wines and recipes, folklore and local dialect, into stories of a farming childhood in the vanished world of 1950’s and 60’s rural life. “Superbly crafted … creating sub-plots as it unfolds with purpose and fluidity… Whether you’re from Sussex or not this is an appealing and often amusing collection of tales from a bygone age. I defy you not to like them.” – Barry Lillie

Sussex Tales is available as a print and Kindle editions from Amazon.