Home again after an extraordinary — and extraordinarily intense — few months out and about, celebrating Cinnamon's Tenth Anniversary. Thursday, last, saw us installed in the Arts Centre Bookshop, Aberystwyth, with a grand line-up of authors (Maria Apichella, John Barnie, Mark Charlton, Matthew Francis, Ian Gregson, Hazel Manuel, Kathy Miles, Elizabeth Porter, Susan Richardson, plus Jan and, er, me!) for a marathon reading to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience — as you can see for yourself by going to the YouTube vid of the evening. It was a great way to round off our celebrations and a tremendous credit to Jan, who has guided, shaped, and nurtured Cinnamon Press into the respected and valued force it is.
So now we're back at home base, somewhat exhausted but very happy with how this year has turned out. Not that our work is done, of course: a launch in London at the beginning of November, the autumn writing course at Ty'n y Coed a couple of days later, plus a fresh batch of books to prepare, newsletters, competitions … there's always something to do :) And, the tenth anniversary celebrations aren't quite over as there is a whole slew of readings taking place in Scotland to mark the launch of our quintet of Scottish poetry collections from A.C. Clarke, Mavis Gulliver, Jane McKie, David Mark Williams and Robin Lindsay Wilson — something not to be missed if you're in the vicinity.
Jan and I want to thank everyone who came along (or is planning to come along) to the year's events. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we have and, along the way, found a few favourite books to keep you company over the winter.
Watch this space: there'll be more favourites coming along soon …
Adam Craig is a co-director of Cinnamon Press and editor of Cinnamon's innovative fiction imprint, Liquorice Fish Books. His first novel, Vitus Dreams, was published earlier this year, and a prose poetry sequence, Year W, came out in September.