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Cinnamon Pencil Competition 2019 Results

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We're very happy to announce the results of this year's competition to get a free slot on our Cinnamon Pencil mentoring scheme. We had a tremendous number of very strong entries, so the sifting and choosing was quite a task.

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Tomorrow's Moon

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A woman standing in front of the setting sun

Gail Ashton's autobiography, Not the Sky finds a unique way through memory and family history. In this article, she talks a little about the book.

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'Things never quite told,' - what a beautiful phrase and it completely captures for me the essence of trying to make sense of one'... Read More
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:55
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In 2020 Cinnamon Press is 15!

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Writing Down Deep

It's survival is a story of collaboration and generosity from so many people. We run on shoestring budgets, assisted by the fabulous Books Council of Wales, the amazing support and marketing services of Inpress Books and because we've learnt that improvisation is a skill that doesn't only apply to theatre.

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Taking Stock

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Freyja peering out from one of the book shelves

August is traditionally our time for stocking taking — many boxes piled in the living room and hallways, books counted (and sometimes re-counted) and titles rearranged on the shelves. It's a time to assess how we're doing and who we are. Taking stock in many ways.

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Guest — Tricia Durdey
Great photo of the Wonder Talking Cat. Hope all goes well.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 13:02
Guest — Nigel Hutchinson
Who wrote the cat? I'd buy a copy . .
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Jan
The Cat is of course self authored - Freyja inc. - very expensive x... Read More
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Writing Whenever

Writing Whenever
A woman in silhouette looks upward

by Sarah Connell

From seven to seventy there is a line, an invisible one that only I can see. From the child who sat in the library, too shy and too unconfident to admit to the questioner that she wanted to be a writer, the line stretches to my seventieth birthday celebration when my debut novel was launched. What connects them is the years of a full family and working life, when the notebooks filled up, the drafts were abandoned, ideas dreamed of and lost, and I never admitted out loud that I was always writing.

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How inspiring this is. When we reach a certain age and haven't been successful with our writing, we begin to think it's too late f... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:18
John Irving Clarke
Not only does Whenever pose an intriguing opening question which draws readers in from the outset, but the story behind the book i... Read More
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Heather Prendergast
I love experiences like this as I've always felt it's important to believe in what you love and enjoy. Then miracles happen to hel... Read More
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:52
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Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures
a stone causeway across a river

by Mark Charlton

For the last three months I've been lecturing at the University of the West of England, teaching copy writing and professional practice. It's been as much a journey for me as my students, and a tonic, in the twilight of my career, to feel I have something to offer. But more than that, it's been a period of self reflection, for if I've learned one thing about teaching undergraduates, it's that it requires looking as deeply into your own practice as theirs.

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Loved this post rang so many bells!
Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:20
Guest — Daphne Milne
It's a very satisfying moment when a student 'gets' what one has been trying to convey.
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Poetry and Prints

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An illustration of a pebble with unusual markings
A drawing of a motorway at night

by Nick Jones

When writing poetry, I try to capture meaning, whether it is in joy, wonder or melancholy. I think that a good poem is often understated, allowing the reader space for their imagination to interpret the poem in their own way.

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In Search of Humans, Being

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by Gareth Davies

Imagine a book launch that takes in seven countries, 16 venues and has audiences of between 50 and 250 people at each event. Established authors would give their eye-teeth for such a tour, let alone someone who is publishing their debut novel. It sounds too good to be true but I was in seven countries, I did attend all of those events and I was in front of all of those people. This was the because the launch of my book, Humans, Being, coincided with the busiest spring I have had in my 'day' job for years, meaning I have been able to piggyback an unofficial launch tour on to my work-a-day travels.

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Absolutely enjoyed your blog Gareth. So funny and so encouraging. Have just paid for a copy: seduced by the blurb! All the best wi... Read More
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Launching White Leaves

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Tracey reading from her novel
Tracey taking questions from a packed audience
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White Leaves of Peace
at Drakes Bookshop, 26th April, 2019

by Tracey Iceton

Having already launched parts one and two of my Celtic Colours Trilogy, I should have felt at ease for the launch of White Leaves of Peace, after all, this was familiar ground to me. But the novel is about what it's been like for those growing up in the north of Ireland since the 1998 Peace Agreement. And, as the novel reveals, that experience has not been the carefree childhood that should have been inevitable in the wake of Good Friday 1998.

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Tracey, you are brave indeed! While voices remain quietened then the terrorists win. Well done on empowering victims within fictio... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 11:02
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2019 Pamphlet Prize Results

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We had a huge number of entries to this year's Pamphlet Prize, which made our judge, Ian Gregson's task all the harder. But, eventually, he wrangled the extensive long list down to a seven strong short list:

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In case you missed it — A quick launch round up

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Kate and Gareth answering questions
Kate standing, reading to the audience
Gareth standing, holding up a copy of his book
A table with copies of the two books for sale

Our first launch season of the year is just… about… winding… down. It's been a mad whirl but they've been a brilliant string of events this month.

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Cinnamon Pencil Competition 2019: Results

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A woman in silhouette raises a fist in triumph

Thank you to everyone who entered the Cinnamon Pencil mentoring competition. We had a fantastic postbag, with some really strong writing and a large field so narrowing it down has been hard.

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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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I have written poetry and songs for years, but rarely buy poetry books or submit to magazines. I have an Eng. Lit. & Lang. Degree ... Read More
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I think there's a place for political poetry on Facebook. If it received comments that should count as publication and show that p... Read More
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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
A photo of Ashley in a blue top

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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Thank you Jan for the most eloquently argued case against social media and particularly Facebook I have yet heard. I am weaning my... Read More
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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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