New Publications and Events from our Members

The Bardstown Writers are delighted to announce that another of our members, Chair Jann Tracy has published the first in her Stratford Small Histories series, Marie Corelli: Shakespeare's Champion.

Copies can be obtained from Magic Alley/Creaky Cauldron on Henley Street, Stratford-upon Avon, or on Amazon (print and ebook formats available). Well done Jann! 




 Engage: the 50+ Festival: the Bardstown Writers were very happy to be involved in the first Engage Festival at the end of September. As well as meeting potential new members we sold some books, both our own and the anthologies. Watch this space for next year!




Katrina Prize: we're pleased to announce that the prize-winners have now been chosen and prizes awarded. Full details are on our Katrina Prize page. Also, thanks to Trevor's generosity, we'll be running the short story competition again in the next two years.

2017 Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival

On Saturday 22 April, Bren Littlewood (aka J J Franklin), Jann Tracy and Ellie Stevenson attended the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival (now in its third year) and read from their work. Cake, discussion and debate also featured, and Ellie dressed up as an Edwardian lady! You can see more photos on Ellie's Facebook page.

 Bren with fellow author Rosalind Minett
 Ellie as Carolyn Forrest
 Jann at the non-fiction panel


Stepping into Self-publishing

The latest in our Motivation to Publication practical series of workshops take place in September.

Workshops will run in Dorset and York. Please see the Motivation to Publication page for more information.

Visit to Lightning Source (Ingram), Milton Keynes

On 20 April, Ellie and Jann visited Lightning Source in Milton Keynes, who produce and distribute books. As well as producing books (paperback and hardback) for authors and publishers, they distribute titles to UK and worldwide markets via a variety of retailers, wholesalers and others.

It was a fascinating day which included a Q&A session as well as a tour of the factory floor. We came away a lot more knowledgeable than when we went in, and it was thrilling to see the books produced under our noses!


JJ Franklin's second novel Echoes of Justice, featuring D I Matt Turrell, recently won the B.R.A.G Medallion award. Well done Bren! She is currently working on her third novel.

You can read more about Echoes of Justice here


Ellie Stevenson's third novel, The Floozy in the Park is now published.

You can
read more about Ellie and her work here. 



Nick Sproxton's new book is now available on Amazon.

Nick is an accomplished artist and has designed his cover. 

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