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All aboard for The Railway Adventures

Congratulations to Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall, whose book The Railway Adventures: Places, Trains, People and Stations is published today.

In 2017, Vicki and Geoff took a crowdfunded trip to visit all the stations in the UK, and their funny and informative videos of their journey gained a massive fan base on YouTube.

Now, in their book, they help you have your own adventures. Discover the hidden stories that lie behind branch lines, meet the people who fix the engines and put the trains to bed, embark on unknown routes, disembark at unfamiliar stations, explore new places and get to know the communities who keep small stations and remote lines alive.

On the shelves at Waterstones, Hull (photo )

In Monday’s Metro, you could win one of five copies of The Railway Adventures.

You can see Vicki and Geoff at two London events. On Thursday they will appear at the London Transport Museum, and on Friday 25 October at Southwark Cathedral. Big thanks to Southwark Cathedral, who have given us two tickets for their event to run as a competition giveaway which ends at 1pm today:

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Out now! Times Like These

Happy publication day to David Ziggy Greene for Times Like These, his collection of graphic reportage from his Scene & Heard column in Private Eye.

The comics community is loving the book, with fantastic coverage from Forbidden Planet International (including a Director’s Commentary by David) and Bleeding Cool. Orbital Comics made it a staff pick!

‘Scene and Heard does the opposite of that soul-crushing dehumanisation that much of the modern media creates … Times Like These is a beautiful example of the power of the comics medium.’ Forbidden Planet International

‘[Times Like These] is a ride through humanity. Which, yes, is often hideous but the details are fascinating. Greene’s pen-line makes sure of that.’ Bleeding Cool

Super-fans can pick up a copy with an exclusive signed bookplate from Gosh Comics.

David Ziggy Greene’s reports will be on display during an exhibition at Orbital Comics from May 11th-31st, with a special signing and Q&A taking place on May 26th.

David will appear at a special V&A members’ event on May 24th.

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March events

It has been a busy March for author events.

Sharon Blackie gave a workshop on The Enchanted Life at Alternatives in London.

And both Christopher Nicholson (Among the Summer Snows) and Conor Woodman (The Scam Hunter) appeared at Words by the Water, the Lake District’s literary festival in Keswick.

Christopher Nicholson at Words by the Water.

You can catch Sharon at again at TEDxStormontSalon on 7 April. And do check our Events page for more events as they are announced.

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The Enchanted Life on publication day

‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life’ – Chloe Stroud, author of The Wild Other

Congratulations to Sharon Blackie on the publication of The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday!

To celebrate, you’ll find postcards in selected bookshops featuring Sharon’s beautifully formed words with artwork from cover designer Leo Nickolls. There are eight to collect!

Reviews are already appearing from bloggers. Including this from Christine Cleere’s Dancing in the Mist.

‘As someone who believes that myth and stories, the land and all of nature has so much to teach us; and as someone who believes that small steps and small changes can (and must) bring about changes to how we live and how society operates, this is a wonderful and important book . . . this is thought provoking, beautifully written, and well researched book (I love the fact there are references throughout the whole book – so many authors don’t bother or can’t back up hoer work in this way) and one I would highly recommend.’

And Monique Mulligan says on her blog:

‘It’s inspiring, yes, but so much more than that – it’s empowering. Readers are encouraged to take action to live a life that is enchanted – filled with creativity and play and meaning and belonging. For me, it’s exactly the kind of book that my soul is searching for – one that digs deep, prods and turns over the self-limiting beliefs that hold me back. Complex, intelligent and thought-provoking, this is for seekers of authenticity and purpose.’

Sharon is holding a full day Enchanted Life workshop in London on 10 March. This is an exciting opportunity to work with Sharon outside of Ireland and is highly recommended.