April has brought us a groundswell of support for Sharon Blackie’s If Women Rose Rooted. She has had fantastic online reviews on Dancing in the Mist and This Hatchett Green, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. A few quotes:
‘If Women Rose Rooted isn’t an easy read in places, and profoundly beautiful in others. There were moments when I gasped in recognition and found myself moved to tears by the beauty of her words’ Liaithlus, Dancing in the Mist
‘It is in the closing section of her book that I find the clearest expression of what for a lifetime I have been personally looking for’ Eóin Macaoidh, The Hatchett Green
‘You cannot read this book and be unchanged by it.’ Amazon review
‘I am inspired to be greater. What could be better than that.’ Amazon review
‘I couldn’t put this book down – truly stirring and powerful.’ Amazon review
‘I truly recommend this book to all who search for sense and strength in history and myth of female heroines (that we all are).’ Goodreads review
Sharon has written a blog for Caught by the River about her love of bogs, and she will be speaking about Celtic women at Swindon’s Literary Festival on 8 May.
You can also see Angela Kiss, author of February’s How to be an Alien in England, at the Swindon Literary Festival, on 9 May.
And looking forward to July, forthcoming title Shopped by Emily Stott has had a wonderful Editor’s Choice write up in the Bookseller:
‘And as Hannah joined in . . . the idea for If Women Rose Rooted took firm hold in my mind. I would write a completely different book: a book which brought together both of my passions: place, and story.’
This month sees the publication of If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Women by Sharon Blackie, and the quote above comes from a wonderful piece she has written for writing.ie about how ideas emerge from place, time and conversation.
September collaborator Louise Norton visited Sharon in Donegal to with her video camera. Amongst the stunning scenery of the seven sisters, Sharon calls all the eco-feminists:
It has also been announced that in September this year we are publishing The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques. Compact yet comprehensive, this treasure trove of a book will bring London’s streets and buildings alive.
February has kicked off with the publication of Alice Stevenson’s beautiful London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, which features black and white images from Ways to Walk in London for colouring in, and then to send or keep. Alice has been sharing coloured versions using #LondonPerspectives.
On February’s extra day, Alice is a featured artist with Laura Rae at Listen Softly London (7pm, 29 February at The Barley Mow, London EC2).
On Wednesday 10th, Angela Kiss appeared on Midweek to discuss How to be an Alien in England. Listen to her here at 33.45 minutes. Female First has featured her first impressions on arriving in UK, and she will be interviewed on World Service, Weekend on Saturday 20th February. More coverage is due soon.
And on Thursday 11th, Anthony Loyd had a great discussion about My War Gone By, I Miss It So at the Times Plus event.
A new year begins, September Publishing’s second spring. As books make their way from printers to the warehouse, we are putting the final touches to ebooks, and our marketing and publicity campaigns.
The season starts with Alice Stevenson’s London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, on 4 February, which features gorgeous artwork taken from her 2015 book Ways to Walk in London.
Next is How to be an Alien in England, Angela Kiss’s affectionate update of the George Mikes’ classic. A wry take on our national personality.
Published on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is Sharon Blackie’s If Women Rose Rooted – a powerful and beautifully written book about how women are inspired by Celtic landscapes and storytelling to rise up rooted, like trees.
Tickets are still available for the Times Plus event An Evening with Anthony Loyd, on 11 February, where he will reflect on his memories of Bosnian war of twenty years ago, which he wrote about in My War Gone By, I Miss It So, and discuss his recent return to the region.
Anthony will also be talking about his book on 7 March, at Words by the Water in Cumbria. Bruce Fogle will be there too on the 9th – talking about his childhood summers Barefoot at the Lake, by a slightly more chilly Derwentwater.
In acquisitions, Hannah has signed Christopher Nicholson’s first non-fiction title, Among the Summer Snow, which will be published in 2017. A magical, unique journey in search of summer snow patches in the Scottish Highlands which becomes a meditation on the lure of the mountains themselves.
Alice Stevenson appeared at The Piccadilly Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening on 3 December.
Anthony Loyd wrote a powerful article about returning to the Balkans 20 years after the end of hostilities which appeared in The Times Magazine on 28 November. For those who subscribe, there is also a very moving video. Anthony will be appearing at The Frontline Club’s BookNight with Anthony Loyd on 9 December, 7pm, and you can book now for his Times Plus events An Evening with Anthony Loyd, on 11 February 2016.
Mark Thomas will be reading from 100 Acts of Minor Dissent on 12 December, 1-2.15pm in St Austell, raising funds for Mid & East Cornwall Green Party. 100 Acts was included in Philosophy Football’s round up of new political books, singled out as one that makes politics fun and a pleasure to be a part of.
He is also appearing all over the country, from Cardigan and Falmouth to Whitstable and Doncaster, with Trespass – his latest show on dissent, cities and public spaces. He also has some rather fetching new merchandise.
Finally, September founder Hannah MacDonald spoke at the FutureBook conference on Friday 4 December about author-centric publishing.