Book Day at Gedling Civic Centre

A full programme of all the talks and activities will appear in due course.

Eastwood 'Booktown'

Eastwood Booktown Development Group

The town of Eastwood, Notts – the birthplace of D. H. Lawrence – is aiming to reinvent itself, as a Booktown: An exciting centre for the arts; attracting not only book-lovers but also writers, musicians, poets and creative people from around the world. Ambitious? Certainly, but much of the infrastructure is already in place. The town boasts the annual Eastwood Arts Festival, the D. H. Lawrence Festival, the D. H. Lawrence tourist trail, the Lawrence Heritage Centre and the Birthplace Museum, and craft workshops. There are also plenty caf├ęs, inns and food outlets.
            The Treetops Hospice (long established bookshop) has agreed to become the official ‘booktown’ bookshop, whilst local retailers have been invited to provide shelves for the displaying of books.

This Friday and Saturday

No booking or tickets required - just turn up - free parking
Musical Storyteller Simon Heywood's
Local Legends of England
Publisher Pewter Rose Press's
Anne McDonnell discusses the writer/publisher relationship
with Frances Thimann and Roberta Dewa 
Nottingham Post/Nottinghamshire Today's Jeremy Lewis
on Writing Reviews
Marketing Expert Chris Day
on Generating Book Sales
Crime writer Karen Maitland
on Research and Plotting Thrillers
Children's author Michael Cox
on Writing
Literary Agent Samar Hammam
Q and A session
Publishers discuss
Self Publishing - the pros and cons
Plus: Worksops for Children from
Steve Bowkett, author, and Pete Davis, storyteller
Panel Session - Q&A
Stalls, Refreshments and more...
For times, please visit the website


Short story competition

Short Story Competition
Chorley & District Writers’ Circle

Closes: 7 Oct 2012
Story: 3,000 words
Theme: Dangerous Liaisons
Fee: £4, or £7/two or £10/three
Prizes: £100, £50 and £30
Judges: Fiction Feedback at
Details: or or or write to Aware Competition, 27 Thirlmere Rd, Blackrod, Bolton BL6 5EB
For full details visit:
Email your story to:
Post your cheque (and story if you prefer) to: Aware Competition, 27 Thirlmere Road, Blackrod, Bolton BL6 5EB. Please make your cheque out to Chorley & District Writers’ Circle.
Please send a separate cover sheet with your name and contact details, story’s title and first line with your story. This acts as an entry form. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story itself.
Your story is eligible for entry if it has not been published in print or won first prize in a competition (provided you retain the rights to it).
You retain all rights to your story by entering this competition, but you do give your permission for your story, if shortlisted, to be published online.
Tip: In previous competitions, several well-written stories have missed out on prizes because the theme wasn’t treated strongly enough. Craft your story around the theme rather than the other way round.
Good luck!
Chorley & District Writers’ Circle
01257 233614

Please note: This is not a NWUK competition.


Stafford Arts Festival 2012 - images

Members of NWUK attended the Arts festival. Here are a few snaps of the event, courtesy of Richard Denning.


Stafford Arts Festival

Festival of Authors and Poets
Saturday 15th September 10am to 4pm
County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford
(Part of Stafford Arts Festival)

Children's books - Young Adult - Fiction for Adults - Non Fiction and Travel Books
Something for everyone

Once again this year we have a fantastic line up of over 20 authors in County Buildings who will be on hand to discuss their books throughout the day and there will be a programme of timed talks taking place.
For more information see


Writing Retreat in Nottingham

Writing Retreat in Nottingham, Sunday 16th September
Fancy a whole day of uninterrupted writing, tea and cake?

No distractions, no chores, no internet...

Urban Writers' Retreat runs one-day writing retreats in London, and we've been invited by Nottingham Writers' Studio and Nottinghamshire Libraries to take over Beeston Library for the day on Sunday 16th September.

It's a chance to meet other writers and get more done on your manuscript than you thought possible in a day, and we'd like to offer readers of New Writers UK a £5 discount. Tickets are usually £35 (including lunch, tea/coffee and home-made cake!), but you can come for £30 by visiting the special offer page

For general information please visit the website homepag but you'll need the link above to book at the discounted price.

If you have any questions please give Charlie a shout at


New Review Opportunity

A New Review Site:

They publish the summary of books reviewed / recommended on their blog: and this automatically publishes it to their Facebook and Twitter too. They are happy to review titles in any genre and age range. Please send them to the address below and they will email you when the book is reviewed.

They also welcome guest bloggers, q&a opportunities and anything else you think could be of interest so get in touch.

To kick you off, here is their review of 'The Devil's Creature in the City of the Dead' by R H Stewart
Published by Barny Books - RRP £5.99 - ISBN 9781906542177
Reviewed by Kate Tarrant

Initially I thought it was going to take a while for me to get into this book - the rich, descriptive language, and its very dark opening scene with flash backs to the past, instantly showed me that this was a book that needed my undivided attention. Nevertheless, this is not a criticism - this fantastic book makes you a compulsive reader - from the outset it promises to capture its readers, swallowing them up in an imaginary world where good and evil battle it out. 

Set in Glasgow, the story is about Mhairi, a 14-year-old witch, who together with her black cat called Jet and her human companion Dougie, set out on a quest against a vampire, released into the world by the great and evil power Lord Antoninus. Along the way the team solve murders that are taking place all over the Necropolis (also called City of the Dead) as well as meeting ghosts and ghouls. This is a richly imaginative and compelling fantasy story - a truly original horror tale that will have your spine tingling!