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If Women Rose Rooted in paperback

If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie is now published in paperback. The new edition comes with a wonderful review in SageWoman:

‘Destined to become a classic . . . Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart of the land and of our own souls. Recommended.’

Sithearan NicLeoid (Sharon Paice Macleod)


Read an excerpt: If Women Rose Rooted – sample chapter.


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The rush for Gold Rush!

On Monday 7 November, Gold Rush by Jim Richards hits the shelves. The story of how he – literally – found then lost and then made a fortune, Jim’s obsession with gold mining began as a young boy in Wales, and it led him to Guyana, Laos and Australia among many other places. His poster campaign on London’s tubes and train station has started today!


Jim’s first appearance is on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning (Saturday 5th), an interview is also appearing in tomorrow’s Telegraph, and in the afternoon he is appearing at UCL’s Festival of Geology.

Coming up, Jim will be on Midweek on Wednesday 9th. You can also catch Jim in person at his talks in Manchester, Ribblesdale, Conwy, Swansea and Sidcup.

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The official guide to London’s blue plaques arrives

To celebrate the publication of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques, we teamed up with Stanfords bookshop and English Heritage for two expert-guided Blue Plaque Walking Tours.

On Tuesday 25th, Blue Badge Guide Sally Campbell toured Covent Garden, and on the publication day, Thursday 27th, English Heritage historian and editor of the book, Howard Spencer led the tour around Bloomsbury.


(Photo: @StanfordsTravel)

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Events – The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques walking tours

It is just a couple of weeks until The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques is published. To celebrate, Stanfords bookshop on Long Acre has organised two expert-guided walking tours:

Tuesday 25th October: A Blue Plaque Tour of Covent Garden
Explore the haunts of Covent Garden’s past occupants, including revolutionaries, artists, master craftsmen and Victorian opium fiends – led by London Blue Badge Guide, Sophie Campbell

Thursday 27th October: A Blue Plaque Tour of Bloomsbury
Discover the buildings where great thinkers and inspirational pioneers lived and worked, in the heart of Bloomsbury – led by Howard Spencer, Blue Plaques historian and editor of the book

Book here.

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Myth and story as an act of place-making

‘Connection comes by showing up. By putting yourself in the same place over and over again. By allowing it to know you as you come to know it. Connection is about falling in love with the world, and at the same time, letting it fall in love with you. Connection isn’t just one-way.’

Here you can listen to the talk Sharon Blackie gave at Nature Matters 2016.



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Gold Rush author events

It is just a month until our blood-and-guts adventure story Gold Rush: How I Found, Lost and Made a Fortune is published.

Gold Rush

Author Jim Richards has the following events lined up, where he talks about how he successfully prospected for gold and diamonds:

Saturday 5 November – Festival of Geology, Geologist’s Association, UCL, London

Monday 7 November – Sidcup Lapidary and Mineral Society, Sidcup

Wednesday 16 November – The Geological Society North West, Manchester University

Thursday 17 November – Open University Geological Association – Natural History Museum, London (10 minute slot)

Saturday 19 November – South Wales Geologists’ Association, Swansea University

Wednesday 23 November – North Wales Geology Association, Conwy

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Two upcoming events

This coming weekend, Sharon Blackie is appearing at the Manx Litfest. On Friday 30th she has a writing workshop and talk, and on the evening of Saturday 1 October she is appearing at a celebration of storytelling with Kevin McNeil.


In October, to celebrate the launch of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques, two expert-guided walking tours are being held by Stanfords. Join them on Tuesday 25 October for a blue plaque tour of Covent Garden, and on Thursday 27 October for a tour of Bloomsbury, where you’ll also be able to meet the book’s editor, Howard Spencer.