Adam is a co-director of Cinnamon Press and editor of Cinnamon's Liquorice Fish Books imprint. When he's not editing, designing book covers, or posting blogs here, Adam writes novels and short fiction … published by Cinnamon Press.

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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Pizza's Here!!

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Ashley Lloyd Smith reading from his debut novel
Ashley Lloyd Smith checks out the audience in the gods
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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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 . . .

Front cover of Rotterdam

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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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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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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Dream or Drudge?


An irresistible sleeping sickness had Perl in its grip.

Hard to imagine two more different people than Alfred Kubin and Eric Basso. Kubin: print maker, illustrator of the works of Poe and E.T.A. Hoffmann, sometime associate of the Blaue Reiter. Basso a novelist, poet, playwright and critic, a modernist in the best sense of the term, a man located far off the mainstream. Yet, they've both offered visions of societies collapsing under the grip of plagues of sleeping sickness. In Kubin's 1908 novel, The Other Side (quoted above), the sickness gradually overruns the city of Perl, a strange, failing utopia located outside customary space and time. In Basso's 1977 cult classic, The Beak Doctor, the sickness has already consumed an unnamed town whose deserted streets are choked by swirling fog and which teeters on the verge of collapse:

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2017 Debut Novel/Novella Prize — The Results

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It's never easy judging a competition and this year's entrants to the Debut Novel Prize were a particularly knotty group to unpick. But, at last, we managed to decide on a 15 strong long list to go over — and over — to arrive at the final short list of:

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Launching The Kim's Game and In the Cinnamon Corners

Liz Hayward reads from In the Cinnamon Corners
Liz reads one of her poems
The audience listen as Stephanie introduces her novel
Stephanie holds up a snow globe similar to the one featured in the book
Stephanie explains an extract from the book
Stephanie's husband, Adrain reads an extract in the voice Hal, the book's central character
Adrian reads as the audience watches attentively
Jan Fortune leads the applause at the end of the readings

Another weekend, another Cinnamon launch? Almost. Well, hardly. It looked as though Liz Hayward wasn't going to make it at all, rushing in just in time — thanks to them wonderful English roads — but she didn't let the flusters get in the way of a great reading from her contribution to In the Cinnamon Corners.

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Launching Girl Without Skin

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Connie reading from her novel
Jan introduces the book at Connie looks on
Connie gesturing as she explains the background of the book
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Connie, seen from a middle row, introducing the next story
Jan and the audience clap at the end of the reading

Last Monday (18th September) saw the launch of Connie Ramsay Bott's gripping novel-in-collage, Girl Without Skin at the Leamington branch of Waterstone's.

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Maria Jastrzebska on The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

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In this fascinating article, Maria Jastrzębska talks about the genesis and background of her eagerly awaited new book.

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Maria Jastrzebska Comes to Liquorice Fish

Front cover of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingenue

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