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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.

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An evening of hauntings and history with Andrew Michael Hurley

Saturday was a wonderfully atmospheric evening at Carlisle Castle with Andrew Michael Hurley, the first of a series of English Heritage events to celebrate the publication of Eight GhostsAndrew read from his short story ‘Mr Lanyard’s Last Case’, revealed how and why the castle inspired him, and discussed the history of the ghost story. Guests were then led on an after-dark tour of the castle itself.

There are five more events coming up, starting with Kamila Shamsie at Kenilworth Castle on Tuesday evening.

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Edinburgh in August

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme is now live, and we’re delighted to have two authors appearing.

On Monday 14 August, Sharks author Conor Woodman appears with Richard Murphy for Sticky Fingers.








And on Wednesday 16 August, Among the Summer Snows author Christopher Nicholson joins Jim Crumley for Men for All Seasons.


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Never more hopeful or more angry

Last night Mark Thomas appeared at the Newham Bookshop event for The Liar’s Quartet at the Wanstead Tap.

Moved by the awful fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the Newham Bookshop organised a raffle of signed books donated by publishers. They had an ‘unbelievable response’ from publishers, and by the end of the evening the total raised was £1,100 – but you can still visit the shop to purchase raffle tickets for the next week.