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Poets Talking to Themselves

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Two men talk intently, a large graffiti face watching, unnoticed

by Ian Gregson

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The pleasure of a Writing Competition

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Stephanie holds up her trophy while standing alongside Amanda Burton

by Stephanie Percival

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Pizza's Here!!

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Ashley Lloyd Smith reading from his debut novel
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Ashley Lloyd Smith reading from the novel

Dateline: Derby, 1/10/2018 . . .Prosecco as you come through the door …lurid T-shirts featuring the cover of the book …a documentary cameraman and a group of helpful assistants …fresh pizza delivered mid-reading …

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2018 Debut Fiction Prize — The Results

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We had one our biggest ever entries to the first Annual Debut Fiction Prize, for short story collections, novellas and novels. A particularly tough field for our two judges, Tracey Iceton and Adam Craig, to work through. After a lot of deliberation, our duo chose a strong short list of seven:

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Pizza with Jimbob, Twoforks & Ashley

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The cover of the Ashley's new book
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Not long now until the much anticipated launch of Ashley Lloyd Smith's debut novel, Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks, at Derby Waterstone's on 1 October — "amazement" is promised(!), so it's a launch not to be missed.

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Small miracles from distinctive voices

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We're really excited to be launching our new web site, with huge thanks to Sarah Willans of Zipfish.

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How to be innovative, independent and quit social media

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As a writer and a publisher, it seems self-evident that I should be on social media. Yet recently, I've been questioning this.

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We'll always have Paris

Flyer advertising Jez Noond's contribution to The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction

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2018 Poetry Pamphlet Prize Adjudication


Thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 pamphlet competition.

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More Cowboy

Front cover of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

As something of a follow-up to last September's blog — and to (gently ☺) remind you it's on its way, Maria Jastrzębska has posted an interesting article on her upcoming book, The True Story of Cowboy Hat & Ingénue, which will be out in October but can be pre-ordered now.

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Where There's Method...

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Front cover of Tamsin Hopkin's Shore to Shore

Ahead of the official launch of The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction in Paris at the end of the month, here's an extract from Tamsin Hopkins' fascinating and revealing article in the Review investigating her approach to writing short fiction…

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Twelve Days of Editing at a Sri Lankan Cabin

Ahead of the publication of Undressing Stone, author Hazel Manuel gives an insight into the novel's editing.

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Marking your card . . .

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Don't forget poet David Batten will be launching his second full poetry collection, Untergang at Kyffin Café on Friday, 11 May. Fiona & Gorwel Owen will be on hand to give a few songs and Dave will be reading with some bloke called Adam Craig, whose latest novel is apparently In Dreams the Minotaur Appears Last ☺ I'm looking forward to the next T. Lobsang Rampa, myself … hem-hem.

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Pamphlet Triumph

We're very excited to announce that our very own David Mark Williams (author of The Odd Sock Exchange), has won the Hedgehog Press inaugural "Slim Volume of One’s Own" Collection Competition 2018.

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Wheel of the Year Mini-competition Results

This as been a big, ambitious undertaking, in eight sections through the past year, with a big response to read and consider. But we're proud to announce that the results are now in — hearty congratulations to the following writers, who have been chosen to appear in the forthcoming special, limited edition pamphlet Wheel of the Year:

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Putting it out there — reflections on launching Wristwatch

Guest blog by Jay Whittaker.

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Debut Poetry Collection Prize, 2018

Thank you to everyone who entered the Debut Poetry Collection Prize this year. We had a very strong long list — congratulations to everyone who made it on to it — which was narrowed down to ten excellent entries from eight poets (2 submitted two entries that were each strong). The short list was:

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Why we don't want to publish good books

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At Cinnamon Press we love books. We adore poetry and fiction, literature that defies genre and books that take risks. We find writers with distinctive voices who have something real to say exciting to work with. So what would make an independent press in love with words and story declare we don't want good books?

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Landeg White

We were extremely sorry to hear that Landeg White passed away in the early hours of Sunday, 3 December. Born in South Wales in 1940, Landeg was a gifted writer, academic, novelist and poet, who published two of his novels with Cinnamon Press, most recently Ultimatum, which will be launched in February.

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Recounting Our Time Away

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The twice-yearly writing courses at Ty'n y Coed, near Conwy, has become a firm fixture in the Cinnamon calendar. This November's autumn course was fantastic example of why the courses are so important to our ethos: eight writers coming together to find support and inspiration, each of them making a breakthrough with the work and leaving with a stronger commitment to writing than they had are the start of the week. But don't take my word for it. Here's Diane Woodrow's take on her time at Ty'n y Coed this November.

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