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The Damned Generation and other stories of love, sex and violence.

Available for FREE on KDP Select, Tues July 30th & Wed 31st.

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By NWUK member Maurice Connolly


The Book:


Contemporary Ireland as well as the superstitious Ireland of the early fifties brought vividly to life. However, the setting could be universal as human emotions run parallel in all societies. And emotion, in all its rawness, is explored in this fascinating collection. Peopled by some extraordinary characters it is certain to remain vividly implanted in the mind long after the stories have unfolded. Love, sex and violence are all entwined to satisfy the palate of the most discerning. Visualize the carnage of the Great War; be fascinated and worried as a young boy confronts his strange neighbour on a lonely, isolated laneway; conjure up the lifestyle of young men where the pub and rural dancehall offer the only escape from the social poverty of an era where the automobile is tentatively making its appearance. All fifteen stories are guaranteed to grip and hold the reader well into the early hours.

The Author:

New Writers UK member Maurice Connolly worked at various occupations throughout a long career; labourer, publican, auctioneer, farmer. As a young man wrote two stage plays. One was controversial at the time resulting in a sense of disillusionment. Due to many problems encountered in life switched off writing until a few years back. This, alas, was a decision he now regrets. Returning to the literary scene wrote the novel Redferne. He feels there is so much undone he would like to have achieved. He hopes this latest book opens up that magical vista offering renewed hope. Currently living in County Wexford, South East Ireland.



Gedling Book Festival - Pictorial Review

2013 Gedling Book Festival
At Arnot Hill Park, Arnold

Day One - History Day
Declared open
Spanish Civil War with David Ebsworth
So many books
Karen Maitland talks Medieval Thrillers
Other guest speakers on the day included
A R Dance, David Ebsworth and Helen Hollick

Book stalls a plenty

Panel Session with historical novelists Maitland, Ebsworth and Hollick

Festival bookshop provided by Nottingham Waterstone's
Non-fiction writer Nick Thom
Author Ztan Zmith
Author John Ward
Meeting authors
Day Two - Children's Day
Children's author Michael Cox entertains his fans
Other guest speakers for the children's day included
Gloria Morgan, Steve Bowkett and Fiona Linday

Choir leader Charlotte with the Community Choir

Alison Moore reading from The Pre-War House

Day Three - Crime Day

John Baird on crime novels

The Royal Writers' performers and directors

Nicola Monaghan shares her wisdom

More live music, from the wonderful Karen Jeffs

David Bell talks Notts murderers
Crime writer Stephen Booth

Full House

Mayor Bob Collis presenting the prizes
in the Silver Scribes competition.


Writers' Retreat

A writers' retreat is being held in the breathtaking mountains of Snowdonia this year on 6 - 8 September.
Camp beside the lake or stay in comfy dorms. There is a bistro, hot showers and toilets. Come and be inspired to finish that novel or short story......
Prices are very reasonable and can be found, along with details, at

Nottingham Post article


Stephen Booth - free talk in Arnold

Stephen Booth

Sunday July 14th, 2013

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

2.30pm - A Sense of Place

Meet the best-selling crime writer Stephen Booth, author of the Cooper and Fry novels, and hear him discuss his use of locations.
A not to be missed highlight of the Gedling Book Festival. See LINK for details.


Call for Creative Children

A Call for Creative Children!

Free afternoon workshops in Arnot Hill Park, as part of the Gedling Book Festival's Children's Day 


Saturday July 13th  

12.30pm - The Art of Oral Storytelling
Steve Bowkett will conduct a workshop on the theme of storytelling. Adults and children are welcome to attend.

1.30pm - Picture This
The prolific children’s author Steve Bowkett will conduct a workshop for children, using images to encourage creative writing.

2.30pm - Organised Mayhem with Michael Cox
The unique and always entertaining author of A Grisly History of Nottinghamshire takes a humourous look at the county's spine-chilling past.
For people of ALL ages.

No booking required.


History in Print

12th July, 2013

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

Talks with a historical theme.


11.30am - Spanish Civil War

Join David Ebsworth, author of The Jacobites’ Apprentice and The Assassin’s Mark, and prepare to be informed and entertained. 


12.15pm - Youth Led By Youth

Find out how Philip Baker’s novel Not Quite A Judas, led to him publishing the three volume reference work Youth in Nazi Germany.

All part of History Day at the GEDLING BOOK FESTIVAL (July 12-14)


Writing Children's Fiction

How to write children’s fiction

Saturday, July 13, 2013

11.15am – 12.30pm

Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6LU

Cost: Free

Writing Books for Children

Join the award winning children's author Catherine H Cooper and discover the secrets of writing children's fiction.

The search for a successor to JK Rowling has become a pressing issue...
in the running is Catherine Cooper.
Vanessa Thorpe, the Observer

Part of the Gedling Book Festival's Children’s Day


The Hucknall Day that was

A BIG thank you to all our guest speakers at the Hucknall Book Day