Monday, 21 November 2016
Crime Fiction Highlights at the Llandeilo Book Fair Dec 10th
Nina Milton is most well known for her crime fiction series The Shaman Mysteries Series, published by Midnight Ink Books (Llewellyn Worldwide); In the Moors (2013) Unraveled Visions (2014) and Beneath the Tor (2015). There are all available from Amazon, Waterstones online and selected stores via the Welsh Book Council.
Since 1995 she’s been publishing books for children and her prize-winning short stories have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She works for the Open College of the Arts and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
She was born, educated and raised her two children in the City of Bristol but now lives in west Wales with husband James, where she grows veg and keeps chickens.
Join her on her vibrant blog site, http://www.kitchentablewriters.blogspot.com or her Facebook Pages; The Shaman Mysteries and Kitchen Table Writers
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. In 1993 he moved to the UK and now lives in Llandeilo in West Wales. He and his partner have several Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. His first historical novel, ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’, was published in November 2012 and downloaded over 60,000 times on Amazon. He has released several more historical novels, including "In Search of A Revolution" and "Ludwika". He also wrote some contemporary family dramas and thrillers, most notably "Time to Let Go" and "The Healer".
SALLY SPEDDING –
Born in Wales, Sally Spedding’s dark crime fiction, often straying into horror and the paranormal, is a response to people and places which are not what they seem. Where danger lurks. ‘Wringland,’ set on the haunted Fens, was her first published novel in 2001. Her latest, ‘The Yellowhammer’s Cradle’ – her ninth – set in rural Argyll during the Clearances, is out now. Her award-winning short stories and poetry inspired both in Wales and France, have also been widely published.
Sally has adjudicated national and international writing competitions, and enjoys helping new talent succeed. She is married to the painter Jeffrey Spedding, and they spend part of the year in the eastern Pyrenees where timeslips occur. www.sallyspedding.com
John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker, manager and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John lives in West Wales with his family. He can be contacted via his author website at:http://www.johnnicholl.com
I was born in the district of Eton in 1942, and spent a happy and carefree childhood in the rural setting of Old Windsor. I went to the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1965 with an Honours Degree in History. I followed this by reading for an M.A. in American History at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.I taught at a private school in London on my return to the U.K., and eventually became side-tracked into Law, reading for an external degree from the University of London and then taking the Bar examinations in 1976. I spent the next two decades as a practising barrister.
I am a keen member of my local writing group, Llanelli Writers’ Circle, which provides excellent support and critical analysis. Over the last decade or so I have specialised mainly in short stories, and have won awards from the ‘National Association of Writers’ Groups’ and been short-listed several times in other competitions, notably those contained in ‘Writing Magazine’, which I would recommend to any aspiring writer.
Thorne Moore was born in Luton but has lived in in the back of beyond in Pembrokeshire for 32 years. She has degrees in History and Law, worked in a library and ran a family restaurant as well as a craft business making miniature furniture. Her two novels, psychological crime mysteries, published by Honno, are ‘A Time For Silence’ and ‘Motherlove’ and a third, ‘The Unravelling,’ will be published in July.
Amazon page: http://amzn.to/1Ruu9m1
Sarah Ward grew up in Cheshire and began reading crime novels at a young age. After graduating from university in Liverpool, she worked in the public sector in London writing briefings and speeches for senior figures including politicians which is where she says her fiction career began. While working long hours in the civil service, she began reviewing crime novels for online websites in the early days of the internet.
In 2008, she decided on a career break and moved to the Derbyshire Peak District, the other side of the Cat and Fiddle hill where she grew up. She retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and then took a job in Athens, Greece. Homesick for the Derbyshire countryside, she wrote her first novel in the Athenian heat, In Bitter Chill which is set in the Peak District and based on an abduction attempt when she was a child.
Following her return to Derbyshire in 2012 she began teaching in language schools while polishing her manuscript and In Bitter Chill was acquired by Faber and Faber and published in 2015. While in the staff room in her language school, Sarah opened a tabloid newspaper and was shocked to see that a college friend had been convicted of multiple rapes of women he’d met on dating sites. Following the newspaper article, more of his victims came forward and she discovered that one of the attacks took place while she and the attacker were at university together. Date rape and the policing of such crimes is the subject of her second novel, A Deadly Thaw.
Sarah now combines writing with teaching both English as a Foreign Language and various crime writing courses. She also continues to review crime fiction and articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Her particular interest is Nordic Noir and she is a judge on the Petrona Award for Scandinavian crime fiction. Her books have been liked to Scandi crime novels as she incorporates the Derbyshire landscape and climate into her books.
She lives in one of the highest villages in the Peak District and runs the popular crime fiction evening at the Chelmorton Festival where crime writers from around the country appear.
9:45 am: The Llandeilo Town Band will open the event with festive music.
10:00 am: Book Fair opens with Hayley Addis: “The Goblin Circus” (children & adults) reworking fairy-tales
10:45 am: Will MacMillan Jones presents his ‘Enchanted Darkness,’ a performance for children and adults.
11:15 am: Wendy White, ‘Tir-nan-Og’ winner, reads from her children's book 'Welsh Cakes and Custard.'
11:45 am: Hugh W. Roberts reads “What If Summer Never Arrives” from his brand new book “Glimpses”
12:15 am: Colin R. Parsons reads his Christmas Story “Norman's Christmas Spirit”
12:45 am: Short Story Competition Award Ceremony.
1:00 p.m. Sharon Tregenza reads from her Middle Grade/Mystery Adventure “Shiver Stone”
1:00 p.m. Carol Lovekin reads from her magical novel ‘Ghostbird.’
1:30 pm: Rachel McGrath reads from her children’s book ‘Willow and Coco meet Santa.’
2:00 pm: Poetry Readings. (Open Mic)
2:30pm: Welsh Poem Recital Competition.
3:00 pm: Liz Riley-Jones reads from her Celtic fantasy novel ' Hiraeth a burden - baich' and talks about the significance of the Welsh Language in it.
3:30 pm: Graham Watkin reads from his best-selling mythology collection ‘Welsh Legends and Myths.’
4:00 pm: Kate Glanville reads from her novel ‘Stargazing.’
4:30 pm: Christoph Fischer reads from his Carmarthenshire-set murder mystery ‘The Body In The Snow.’
17:00: Book Fair closes with the announcement of Raffle Prize winners.
Catering by THE HANGOUT at the YARD Llandeilo (traditional, healthy and vegetarian options)
Gift Wrapping in aid of the Air Ambulance all day long