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Baby

Patricia Debney's powerful and personal narrative sequence, Baby will be with us soon. Described by Jane Monson as mirroring with a precise and unflinching hand the stuff of life at its most human, Baby is an honest and striking examination of relationships and our struggle to both navigate and make sense of them. In this post, Patricia candidly discusses the work's origins and the process of its writing

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Via Negativa

Omar Sabbagh's extraordinary first prose work, Via Negativa: a parable of exile is launched this month. Subtle, layered, filled with beautiful prose and imagery, the novella is both an evocation of its central location, the city of Beirut, and a remarkable display of literary prowess that, nevertheless, never lets its verbal and thematic dexterity overwhelm the human and humane story at its heart. A truly beguiling and stunning debut novella, here Omar discusses the work's themes and influences.

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A View from Ty'n y coed

The view from the hills above Ty'n y coed, looking towards Conwy

As some of you probably already know, Cinnamon holds writing weeks in the idylic surroundings of Ty'n y coed, in the Conwy valley, every spring and autumn. To give a flavour of this year's spring sessions, here are the impressions of one of the writers who attended the course, Nick Jones:

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'Dark Interiors' Mini-competition Results

The theme 'dark interiors' brought in a diverse and intriguing selection of microfictions and poetry, with a huge contingent that focussed on painful memories and disturbed childhoods. The strongest pieces were the subtlest; those that took an oblique look at the subject and produced something fresh.

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Celebrating Writing @ the Mentoring Residential

In the depths of a cold North Welsh January, replete with storms, fourteen writers and three tutors met at Ty'n y coed in two consecutive groups of seven students to celebrate a year of intensive mentoring and to look at how far the work had come over that year.

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The Origins of Stuff

One of the books we're really looking forward to publishing this year is Stuff by novelist Charlie Hill. Here, Charlie gives an insight into how the story came to be written.

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Writing That Inspires, Autumn, 2015

Writing That Inspires, Autumn, 2015

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"Walking The Via Francigena"

Our recent course Ty'n y coed had a lot of memorable moments but one that particularly struck us was hearing Tamsin Treverton Jones reading the following article about her own pilgrimage along the Via Francigena. Cinnamon will be publishing more of Tamsin's work in future years but, meanwhile, here's her account in full …

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2015 Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. Our Ian Gregson, our adjudicator, had a very strong longlist to work through. Finally, Ian wrestled the list down to ten extremely promising and strong submissions:

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Tenth Anniversary Jet Lag

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.

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Writing Guides for Innovative Fiction

We're just back from a stunning week-end at Cinnamon's 10th anniversary bash at the NN Gallery, Northampton. I was lucky enough to lead a workshop on the last day, for a very attentive and enthusiastic group of writers, on the topic of non-linear narratives. During a general discussion of innovative (or "experimental" — you pays your money and takes your choice) writing, I mentioned a couple of books that I'd found helpful and promised to do a short list of titles I've found useful in a future blog. So, without further ado:

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'Lies We Tell Ourselves' Winners

The results of the latest Liquorice Fish Books mini-competition have now been announced. The winning entries are:

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2015 Short Story Prize Winners

We're very pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Annual Short Story Prize.

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Sneak Preview

the cover art for the book Edge

It's always good to announce any forthcoming title, but this one is particularly exciting ...

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New Liquorice Fish Releases

proof copies of Past Tense and Ed's Wife

The proof copies of the next two Liquorice Fish Books releases arrived this week.

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The Vitus Dreams Acid Test

Actually two acid tests in the same week and neither of them having anything to do with Ken Kesey.

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Under the Covers

Under the Covers

Growing up in the age of the gatefold sleeve and the triple album, I always wanted to design record covers and was deeply upset to have to accept that I was never going to be Roger Dean or Rodney Matthews. Fast forward, oh, at least that many years, and here I am, designing covers for Cinnamon books. Is it as exciting, as glamorous, as just, well, stunning as I'd dreamed? Well …

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Launching a New Website

Cinnamon Press is proud to launch a new website to coincide with its tenth anniversary. Over the last five years we've had new design and a great site generously provided by Armin Osmancavic and maintained by Cinnamon author, Adnan Mahmutovic. Earlier this year this lovely site was hacked and, whilst we were going in ever decreasing circles trying to remove the unwanted adverts for prescription medications, Sarah Willans came to the rescue.

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