A winning story from Maggie Harris, plus news and forthcoming books

July 30th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

‘Sending for Chantal’, a story by Maggie Harris, is the Caribbean regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. It is now available to read here.

Maggie’s second story collection In Margate by Lunchtime is forthcoming from Cultured Llama. Her first collection Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning is available from Cultured Llama now at £10 plus p&p. Post and packaging is free if you buy two or more of any of our books.

‘The Persistence of Memory’ is a film by Sara Cook featuring the poetry of Selkirk-based poet Julian Colton. It can now be viewed on YouTube. Julian Colton’s poetry collection The Cold Light of Morning is forthcoming from Cultured Llama in 2015.

Books currently keeping us busy at Cultured Llama HQ are the long-awaited Do It Yourself: A History of Music in Medway by Stephen Morris. Follow the book’s progress on the Do It Yourself Facebook page. We are also working on Michael Curtis’s poetry collection, The Fire in me Now, which should be available on the Cultured Llama stall at the Poetry Book Fair on 6 September.

Michael Curtis and Stephen Morris will be reading from their new books at Bookmark’d, Rochester Literature Festival on 28 September, alongside Cultured Llama authors Maria C McCarthy and Philip Kane.

Details of these events on the Events page.

Cultured Llama is an avid user of Twitter, and was delighted to read this tweet by Charles Lambert, author of the fantastic With a Zero at its Heart:

@charles_lambert 
Touched and impressed by hard-won truths and restrained emotional precision of As Long as it Takes. Definitely recommended. 

As Long as it Takes by Maria C McCarthy is £10 plus p&p, and can be purchased here.

Buy two or more of any of our books to get free postage and packing.

Digging Up Paradise: launch, reviews and blogs

July 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Digging Up Paradise was launched in June at a wonderful event at Gardener and Cook in Tunbridge Wells. There were cakes with edible flowers, wine, and, of course, Sarah Salway’s wonderful books. Thanks are due to Gaynor Edwards for organising the event. We donated £4 from every book sold to a new charity, Spotlight YOPD, which is working to highlight Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. £250 was raised on the evening.

Copies of Digging Up Paradise are on sale at Gardener and Cook, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, as well as via this website. £12 plus p&p. Postage is free when you order two or more of any of our titles.

Readers of Gardens Illustrated are eligible for a discount on Digging Up Paradise. Annie Gatti reviews the book in the August issue; the discount code is available at the end of the review.

Time and again she re-imagines the gardeners and owners of old, and her touch is so light that your are there with her, seeing Darwin’s children creeping out to pinch one of the pebbles their father put down to keep count of the laps he would habitually do, through his ‘thinking path’ in the copse at Down House.

Sarah Salway is interviewed on the History Magpie blog.

On your blog, you say that you discovered stories that surprised you and made you laugh and cry – do you have a favourite?

For another project I’ve been doing a lot of research on WW1 soldiers, so I was particularly moved by the Belgian soldiers who ended up at Quex House and Gardens. I could really understand how working in the garden must have helped their recovery, it must have felt like a green tranquil paradise after the battlefields and also perhaps a useful gap between their experiences in the war and returning home. The story of one soldier stayed with me. He didn’t say a word during the two years he was at Quex (although he seemed happy there) but started talking again the minute he set foot back on Belgian soil. But there were so many. I think my favourite discovery was the crocus circle at Canterbury Cathedral that was the exact spot where the rose window would be if the tower fell. My favourite mystery has to be whether there were elephants at lovely Chilham Castle!

The labyrinth at Tudeley - Image ©Sarah Salway

Sarah Salway will be reading from Digging Up Paradise at the Jolly Sailor, Northgate, Canterbury at 6.30 pm on 10 August. This is a Cultured Llama double-header, as Gordon Meade will also be reading poems from Sounds of the Real World. Both are the guests of Save As Writers.

To buy these books, go to the books’ pages by clicking on their title: Digging Up Paradise;  Sounds of the Real World

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