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Sally Spedding – Behold A Pale Horse

This literary thriller mainly set in London and the south of France, draws upon parallels of evil through the ages. From 1271-1310 after the purging of the Knights Templar in 1307 and the round-up and torture of homosexuals from the French Riviera during World War II, to 1983 and young Catherine and Clement Ash’s loveless marriage. It also charts one deranged old man’s unfinished business leading to a different, even more deadly Apocalypse.

Sally Spedding was born by the sea near Porthcawl and studied Sculpture at Manchester and St. Martin’s, London. While an exhibiting artist and full-time teacher, she won an international short story competition and was approached by an agent. Wringland, set in haunted Fen country, was published in 2001. Sally is also twice winner of the international Welsh Poetry Competition.

Skye LangdonQuenching My Thirst

Skye Langdon is the pen name for Gilda Clark. Gilda is a British (Romanian-born) author, currently living in Chester, UK. A keen, dynamic mathematics lecturer, growing a tree of her life, with multiple branches of passions (fine arts, music and writing), intuitive, independent and sensitive to the outside world, with a vivid imagination and adaptability in the face of new challenges. She has a little family, with two children.

She uses logic, Abstractionism, embedded in creativity, drawn from mathematics, and her everyday life, to put the words in the right place and create a concoction of new meanings.

Ted Cogdell – Two Pints and Two Bob Change

Ted Cogdell from Griffithstown, south Wales was conscripted into the first (and only) peacetime militia in July 1939. What was supposed to be six months training turned into seven years of war. His adventures during WWII are truly remarkable. He was awarded the Burma Star, the Arctic Star, the 1939-1945 Star, the Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal. After the war Ted married the love of his life, Maisie. They have one daughter, five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. This incredible memoir was written by Ted for his family. Ted is 99 years old and still lives in south Wales.

Dave Lewis – Happy – The Only Way To Look At Life

Welsh writer Dave Lewis latest work will help all those who struggle to find time to live a more meaningful life. This book will lift your spirits and force you to look at life in a much more free and considered way. The world does move too fast and this book helps us slow down, smell the roses and listen to the beating heart within us all. It delivers a simple message in a funny and conversational style manner.

“Love this book. Found myself laughing out loud before I had even finished the introduction! The information provided on strategies of how to be happy are consistent with the most up to date neuroscientific research, which was pleasantly surprising to me, as I have been studying these very techniques in a course I am currently on. The info is laid out in an easy to digest format throughout and contains lots of practical advice as well as plenty of humour thrown in to keep the learning a joyful experience. The author takes you through the journey by relating the advice to his own experiences, giving this book a very human feel, rather than a book of learning. Therefore, it is easy to relate to. A big thumbs up from me.” – Claire

Hubert Tsarko – Composting For All

Hubert Tsarko is the pen name of John Short. Born in Liverpool, he grew up on the edges of Lancashire and went from school to study Comparative Religion at Leeds University. Later he spent some years in the south of Europe working in fields and factories and as an English teacher in Spain before settling for a long period in Athens. At the end of 2007 he emerged from an obscure neighbourhood of Piraeus to get a laptop and submit work to magazines. These days he divides his time between Liverpool and Barcelona. “Composting for All” is his first collection.

“The titles of these poems give us some idea of what to expect, but not everything: places (such as Riscle) remembered from the wanderings of an artist living the vie routiere are given a surreal treatment; curious incidents (The Cat Sat on my Glasses) afford us unexpected entry into a private world; dreamlike employment of stock phrases and skilful evocations of atmosphere take us by surprise.” – Dave Lee

Shahilla Barok – From Moth To Social Butterfly

This is the first in a series of no nonsense self help books helping you get to where you want to be.

I am your Pocket Coach, oh yes! I’m coaching you through the medium of text and showing you easy, do-able ways of becoming a social butterfly, even if socialising isn’t your most favourite thing. The reality is that you will on many occasions find yourself in a social context, so why not have fun with it?

Shahilla Barok is a well-respected and highly regarded trainer, with over 20 yearsof experience in developing people. As a fully qualified teacher, coach and NLP practitioner, Shahilla has helped to develop private individuals and professionals within businesses. She also designs and delivers training andworkshops in a number of local authorities, corporations and to embassy staff.

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Welsh Poetry Competition Anthology IITen Years On


‘Ten Years On’ is a celebration of the best poetry submitted to the international Welsh Poetry Competition between 2012-2016. A diverse look at the world we inhabit – alive, energetic, melodic, unrepentant and moving. This anthology is for all poets who truly feel. For the brave, the exuberant, the feisty, the outrageous and the rule breakers. A chance to revel in the moment and not be afraid.

After 10 successful years and nearly 5,000 entries from all over the world the competition is now firmly established on the international literary calendar.

Edited by Dave Lewis.

Gillian Brightmore – Blood in Butetown

The perpetrator of a series of crimes against women taking place in the city, Wesley Travis, is hunted down in the shabby streets of a rundown dockland area by a no-nonsense woman police officer, D.S. Raz Raison. However this is not only a story of murder, but also a love story. Laura Ridgeway, an accidental bystander at the second murder scene, becomes caught up in the case, becoming embroiled in a dangerous underworld of double-dealing and subterfuge when she embarks on an affair with Raz Raison. Unwittingly she has also become the object of Travis, her work colleague’s, misplaced affections. His unrequited passion spurs him on to further hideous crimes so that Laura is trapped between the kisses of an unreliable lover as well as the uncalled for embrace of the killer himself. How will Laura survive in a world alien to her where everyday assumptions no longer hold sway?

Gillian Brightmore is a fiction and script writer born in Wales and an activist in mental health issues. She has published a number of short stories, most successfully, ‘The Woman who loved Cucumbers’ (Honno Short Fiction – 2002). Her work has appeared in Planet Magazine, Big Issue Cymru, Everywoman Magazine, Roundyhouse, Poetry Online Express, ‘Exchanges: Women Writing in Wales’ (Honno Poetry – 1990) and Velvet Magazine.

Dave Lewis – Wales Trails

wales-trails-kindle-cover-1788_2555In 2016 Dave turned fifty years old and realised that eleven years was far too long to wait between cycling adventures, even though in 2005, after he and a friend rode the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats challenge, Dave swore he’d never sit on a saddle again.

“When you’ve forgotten the pain of your last time on a road bike why not invent a new and exciting challenge closer to home? The plan – to create a loop of Wales, ride over 600 miles for charity and put your country firmly on the cycling bucket list.

This is the story of one man’s attempt to establish ‘Wales Trails’ as a ‘must-do’ bike ride for all the thousands of cyclists out there in the world. A vision that one day, the land of the dragon, with its rapidly diminishing yet rich cultural heritage, will become a ‘LEJOG-lite‘ that all bikers will want to do!”

More than just a guide, this book is a funny and thought-provoking account of two weeks in the summer of 2016 when one man’s dream becomes reality.

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Sally Spedding – The Yellowhammer’s Cradle

tyc_175_250According to ancient folklore in Scotland and northen England, the yellowhammer bird is said to drink a drop of the Devil’s blood every May Day morning, but for pretty, young, Catriona McPhee in rural Argyll in 1846, this mere titbit will never satisfy her dark soul. From the day she arrives to work as a maid at Ardnasaig House on the bleak shores of Loch Nonach during the time of the Clearances, she brings a growing fear to those already there. Yet nothing – not even her shocking secret – will dent her ambition. However, Janet Lennox, the housekeeper’s plain, less-educated daughter, harbouring her own tragedy, has other ideas, and soon a dance to the death begins. As winter chills the vast rooms and freezes the bottomless Loch Nonach, who, within that haunted, granite prison, will live, and who will die?

Sally Spedding was born by the sea near Porthcawl and studied Sculpture at Manchester and St. Martin’s, London. While an exhibiting artist and full-time teacher, she won an international short story competition and was approached by an agent. Wringland, set in haunted Fen country, was published in 2001. Sally is also twice winner of the international Welsh Poetry Competition.

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