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This work contains a selection of essays, thoughts and stories concerning, on the one hand, the dark side of human nature – cruelty, fascism, tyranny – and, on the other, more humorous and entertaining accounts of everyday life, on being young, on being old. There are thoughts on freedom, God, on Jane Austen, Darwin and on the developing technologies that are enveloping our lives through the growth of the Internet, across the Globe. Central to this is a discussion of Mary Shelley’s great work, Frankenstein; it also examines the way modern cinema warns us of the power of technology when abused and controlled by governments or secretive bodies.
‘Life is serious, but is not to be lived too seriously’. Serious or humorous, my poems are always good-natured.
I write when I have something to say, and I feel I have found the right way to say it. It’s about having fun with words and meaning, using words skilfully to say things differently, and saying the familiar in unfamiliar ways.
In 2017 I self-published a collection of poetry and wit as Particles of Light. The book has been well received and has sold well in my local bookshops.
Intersecting Lines, my second collection, was traditionally published by indie publisher Beercott Books in 2021. It continues to reflect my interest in people, love, the natural world, and the human condition, and is written very much with the reader in mind.
There are poems to move you, to surprise you, and to make you laugh. The humorous poems and one-liners are there for entertainment, to be enjoyed, though they often contain a ‘sting in the tail’.
I hope readers will enjoy reading my poems, and will feel I am putting their own experiences and emotions into words.
It’s such a great feeling when you get good feedback and review comments, or when somebody chooses to take home a copy of your words. That’s communication!
Christian has written for many TV shows like: Jasper Carrott, Rory Bremner and Clive Anderson. For Radio 4 he has written for such shows as Weekending, The News Huddlines, and Two Cheers. He was a columnist on various magazines including, Punch, Excel, Edge, FORE!, and Today’s Golfer. He has worked in the tennis world for over 20 years including as the Editor of The Queen’s Club Magazine. The book is also in discussions to be turned into a TV series with the chapter on ”How Tennis Invented The Secret Service” being filmed as a tester for the show. The book itself has also been inducted into the AELTC’s library and museum for finally solving the puzzle of why tennis is scored at 15 points at a time, something that has baffled scholars and historians for almost six centuries – until now.
Children’s author and Private Eye cartoonist Clive Goddard is best known for writing the award-winning ‘Fintan Fedora the World’s Worst Explorer’ series, which over the course of four hilariously chaotic adventures takes our hapless hero around the world in search of mythical treasures.
His latest book is Erik the Alien; a comedy adventure story detailing the series of events caused by an alien spaceship crashing on a Welsh sheep farm.Clive began his publishing career 25 years ago as an illustrator for Scholastic, drawing over 30 titles including the Horribly Famous series, Bonkers Books and the Totally Series. He lives in East Oxford with his wife, Amy, and an ever-dwindling number of children and cats.
Colin Stewart is an author from Liverpool, whose debut novel – Flid – tells the story of Kevin Donnellon, a thalidomide survivor who was born without arms and legs. An intelligent, complex and tender-hearted account of Kevin’s ongoing search for love, companionship and independence, Flid is an inspiring and beautifully written portrait of a man who refuses to be defined by his disability. Literary in style, with shifting time-lines, conflicting perspectives and a host of well-observed characters, Flid is a humorous – and often anarchic – account of a life, that also provides a detailed and unflinching social history.
Flid has been covered over recent weeks in the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Times magazine, the Metro and Big Issue North, with the main ‘character’ having previously featured in a number of documentaries, including World in Action’s ‘A day in the life of Kevin Donnellon’ (1972)
Originally from London, David Burridge has been writing poetry all his adult life. His poems have appeared in magazines as diverse as Acumen, Dream Catcher, Orbis and The Wednesday, as well as the Annual Review of the Oxford Philosophical Society.
He has so far published five poetry collections: Pausing for Breath along my Way (2017), Making Sense (2018), Child’s Play (2021), and Streetwise (2021). His fifth collection Ramblings of a Gentle Pragmatist is hot off the press and will be available at OXIB for the first time!
Inspired by a career in business and the law, extensive travels and walks, and his interest in philosophy, David has honed his keen observational skills. He uses poetry to make sense of the world around him, and he describes himself as a “philo-poet”. A fluent German speaker and a life-long jazz fan, David lives in Oxfordshire with his wife.
Diana Bell is a multi-media artist including sculpture, installation and painting. She is known for her public participation work and has exhibited in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Romania, Russia and Australia as well as the UK. Diana has received awards for her public sculpture & for her work in hospitals. She enjoys collaborating with poets and dancers. Her books combine both paintings and writing.
Elaina is an author, illustrator, former primary school teacher, and mum of three who has never lost her inner child. Based in Newcastle, Elaina uses her extensive experience working with children and her sense of fun to create stories that capture young children’s imagination and take them on an adventure. Elaina visits libraries for book readings and craft events, schools for author days, which include lessons in character description and scene setting, and events in collaboration with Grasmere Gingerbread. Imogen the Dinosaur Whisperer, due to be released in 2024, is inspired by her middle daughter and was shortlisted for the BBC Ignite Programme in 2021.
The Bardstown Writers is a small, friendly group of writers based in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. We are working on a variety of writing projects from novels and non-fiction to poetry and flash fiction. Some members are published while others are in the early stages of developing their craft. New members are always welcome.
As well as individual work by members, the group has published four anthologies, the latest being Seasons of Change.
Doctor Stanislav Shmelev is an ecological economist based in Oxford holding a PhD in Ecological Economics and Mathematical Methods (2003) supported by a prestigious European Commission PhD Fellowship. He received a LEAD Europe Fellowship (2007), and Executive MBA from the London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University Stern School of Business and HEC Paris, has been employed as a Senior Researcher at Oxford University and was named one in top four most promising young economists in the world by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Handelsblatt Newspaper (2014).
Fanny started writing as a teenager, inspired while on a family holiday in Mexico. After a ten year hiatus where she was ‘experiencing life’ she has picked up her pen again. She is currently rewriting old material and writing new material. She is a multi genre author with books in fantasy, romance and historicals and their sub genres.
Gwen Brookes is a retired Primary French teacher. Berthe the Witch books are in simple French for children learning the language.
Berthe is a seriously cool witch with a cat that loves ice-cream. Things don’t always go her way, but all works out in the end. Books are topic based with an illustrated story, games and vocabulary list. A QR code links to a reading of the story and quizzes. There are 14 French books and 2 in Spanish.
The latest book will appear in time for this show.
Oxfordfolio is a high-quality self-publishing provider, taking you and your unique story from manuscript to physical book. We are experts in full-colour integrated books with over 40 years editorial, typesetting and graphic design experience. We work primarily in illustrated non-fiction (memoirs, histories, travel, biographies) but have also launched Anglepoise Books for quality fiction. Our philosophy is to provide a flexible, bespoke service—tailored to your specific requirements—throughout the whole publishing process. We are always contactable direct by phone or email, and always creatively on your side.
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Your Life • Your Story • Your Book
Jason Cobley is a teacher, writer and broadcaster who lives in Warwickshire, England with his family.
Jason is notable for his historical novel based on the experiences of a relative in WW1: A Hundred Years to Arras, published by Unbound. His latest novel is Calendar of Ghosts… At Christmas, Kathryn Dark is visiting her father for the first time since her mother died. The reason? She has received a text from her mother’s phone…
Thus begins a year in which we weave in and out of the lives of people who experience ghosts of one kind or another.
But ghosts aren’t what we think they are.
A time-trapped forest. A haunted Tube station. Houses filled with spirits. Doppelgangers. Loss and longing, hope and hopelessness, cold love and burning anger. These are the stories from the Calendar of Ghosts…
Poetic Pastel Press is an artist-led, independent, collaborative and deep-ecology-related publishing initiative.
Artist publications, limited editions and sonic endeavours are released slowly under this imprint, including the Journal du Thé – Contemporary Tea Culture series in collaboration with 75W Studio.
Poetic Pastel Press was founded in 2015 by artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck. The Poetic Pastel Press Studio is based in rural Oxfordshire, England.
John Webster has been primarily involved in producing multimedia publications that use spoken word and music to celebrate the Romantic poets Keats, Shelley and Byron and give them a modern media presence. Now moving into book publication he has recently published ‘The Rime of the Asian Highway’ which tells the story of the 1970s overland journey to India that set him on the path of independent publishing.
Karen L French is a best selling author on sacred geometry, with widespread acclaim for popularising complex concepts and themes. An artist and game designer as well as an author, she utilises her knowledge in her own transformative artworks and designs.
She has a Joint Honours degree in Mathematics & Management Science and an MSc in Management Sciences, both from the University of Manchester, UK. French has a life long passion for understanding and interpreting recurring patterns and symbolism. Gateway to the Heavens and The Hidden Geometry of Life have become international classic texts. Both are titles in The Gateway Series.
Great storytelling doesn’t just entertain, it energises.
We are a small, independent and award-winning traditional publisher. We’re London-based and the majority of our books are about Britain. But our memoirs and travelogues take you around the world. So do many of our thrillers.
We publish page turners about politics. We grapple and engage, move and disturb, inform and entertain.
The Lela Initiative is a not-for-profit independent publishing house. We produce children’s fiction and adult non-fiction, using our profits, alongside donations, to support literacy projects within communities in Uganda.
Our vision is to bring escapism, hope and empowerment to communities in Uganda through free access to books. literacy projects within communities in Uganda.
Dice Comics is a collective that offers you a brand name to self publisher your work under . We can also offer a free ISBN (if available) should you choose to self publish your completed work under the Dice Comics imprint . We hope to be soon open to submissions and publishing entertainment titles aimed at all ages .
Mario Coelho illustrator is a Oxford based children books illustrator with work published by several publishers like Oxford University Press and Pegasus Publishers . Mario Coelho has also done various books with the well know children poet and writer John Foster .
Matt Beighton is the mind behind such series as Monstacadey, Shadowland Chronicles and Pick Your Path Adventures.
If your younger readers love the ridiculous monster mysteries in Scooby Doo or excellent chapter books like The Worst Witch, then the Monstacademy series will be perfect. Great for readers aged 6-10, these short chapter books are funny with just the right amount of monster fun.
The Shadowland Chronicles is a duet of epic fantasy books (soon to be a trilogy). Magic, strange creatures and epic quests are the order of the day in these books, perfect for readers aged 9+.
If you want more control over the story, then the exciting new Pick Your Path Adventure gamebooks will scratch that itch. All you need is a dice, a pencil and a good dose of bravery. You get to choose where the story goes but be prepared to fight monsters galore and figure out a way to escape in each of the quests. Just remember to choose wisely!
Matthew Hillsdon the writer of Alidor Books. A fantasy series of books including the Unlikely Allies trilogy and the Stolen Tales for Cunning Thieves books containing collections of short stories from the world of Alidor.
Moyo is a children book author. Her decades of work with children birth the storyteller in her. Moyo’s books are aimed at children from five years old and upwards. Her books are inspired by the everyday challenges children overcome through their development.
Established in 2017 and based at Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, ignitionpress is an award-winning poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets.
Pamphlets published by the press have so far received four Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice selections. Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed was also shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award in 2020 and the press won the Michael Marks Publishers’ Award in 2021.
Nick Green was born in Oxford, England in 1972. He is a writer, artist, poet, musician and restaurant manager. Having travelled the world living and working in Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Namibia and Botswana, he came home to Oxfordshire in 2016 where he lives happily with his Zambian wife and their two children. Published works include Boathouse to Botswana, Three Journeys to Patagonia, The Nightwatchman and The Oxford Botswana Murders.
The latest Amanda Godspeed novel Murder in the Italian Garden was published in 2023.
We are a small group of enthusiastic writers who meet regularly in each others’ houses to read extracts of our work for positive criticism. Our members have had books published in a wide variety of genres including Memoir, Young Adult, Children’s, Mystery, Romance and Historical fiction. We have also, as a group, published 5 extremely successful collections of short short stories set in or around Oxford.
Pamela is an award-winning creative producer, historian, theatre maker and published author. She has written for BBC History magazine, Historia Magazine, the Dictionaries of African, Caribbean, African American National Biography. and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Her books include Black Oxford: The Untold Stories of Oxford University’s Black Scholars (Signal 2013) and The Adventures of a Black Edwardian Intellectual. The story of James Arthur Harley. (Signal, 2022).
Pamela is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society, an alumnus of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, and the Founder and Director of Black Oxford Untold Stories – Black Oxford celebrates Oxford University’s historical and contemporary Black scholars from the turn of the 20th century to the present day through the delivery of lecture programmes and creative projects.
Works by E. C. Hutchroft, Patsy Hughes, Renata Lanzoni, G. M. C. Lewis, Patrissia Cuberos, Sarah Telfer and the Wordthreads Authors Janet Cupit, Anila Syed, Robert Greener, Peter West, Maggie Bannister, Chris Westwood-Marshall and Briar Noonan. We are a group of enthusiastic wordsmiths with an eclectic style, including E. C. Hutchcroft’s spooky (and not so spooky) tales of intrigue and adventure. Patsy Hughes, former journalist and lecturer in English Literature with her debut novel, The Next Girl, about a young girl caught in a controlling relationship. The theme of abusive relationships is also at the core of Renata Lanzoni’s heart-wrenching, real-life story, Shattered Moon. On a more practical note, Oxford in One Afternoon Guide. Again, with the theme of abuse, I bring my debut novel Entropy, which will be hot from the press. G. M. C. Lewis will be presenting his original The Laundry Basket novel and Wordthreads authors will bring Pigeons, Cats and Potatoes to the mix! We will all be signing books and possibly reading extracts. It is our first experience, so not sure what to expect.
For over 130 years, Holywell Press has been printing books (and all sorts of other things) in Oxford. We work with commercial organisations and private customers, producing books of every size, shape, and description for publishers and self-publishing authors.
Always with an eye on quality and craftsmanship, we can help at every stage of your book printing journey with:
– book design and page layout
– proof-reading and editorial checks
– cover artwork and illustrations
– ISBN assignment and registration
– short-run digital and longer-run litho printing
– saddle stitching, perfect- and case-binding.
We look forward to meeting you and discussing your next book printing project.
Father and daughter have written plays, film scripts, and books together, including memoirs documenting Ray Foulk’s life as creator of the original Isle of Wight Rock Festivals. They have recently published their long awaited novel, Picasso’s Revenge, and Caroline has published her illustrated collection of humorous canine poetry
Selfishgenie Publishing is a boutique publishing house dedicated to providing a service for unknown, or relatively unknown, authors and allowing them to become better known. At the same time, we want readers to discover new work by new authors, while enjoying their reading experience.
Our philosophy is that readers can’t know if an author is worth reading until they have read one of their books, therefore those books need to be available for them to read.
As a small publishing house we can’t take on every author who wants to be published, but we can take a few risks. We can give a few unknown authors the break they deserve, while at the same time offering readers the chance to discover the next big name in publishing before their books become expensive to buy.
This year, our author Robert Cubitt will be exhibiting at November’s Oxford Indie Book fair. he is a multi-genre author of both fiction and non-fiction, so we are sure he will have soemthing to suit your reading tastes.
Oxford based publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Come see our extensive selection of books for only £5 each. A free audiobook download from Audible with every purchase.
Beyond Paris, an Insider’s Guide to Rural France is a witty and informative romp through some of France’s less understood regions.
Sophie Duncan was born in Dublin and moved to London as a young child where she lived until moving to France as a newly-wed in her early 30’s. After being immersed in renovating a 16th century château and running businesses and holiday homes for over 20 years, Sophie was invited to participate in Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau DIY.
The experience inspired her to discover the regions and departments which other Châteaunauts in the series had been drawn to. Her own experience of living in the deep south west, beyond Carcassonne, leads her exploration into the pros and cons of rural France.n 2016 the author returned to Oxford where she founded Oxford History Tours.
Beyond Paris is her debut. She also writes about France on Medium.
Born and raised in London, and being both a cat dad and police officer led Steve on the path to creating ‘Charlie Whiskers’, a stray cat living in London’s Covent Garden.
Now living in Cambridgeshire and with the creative bug well and truly dusted off, more ‘Charlie’ books & other children’s stories are on the horizon.
At Snowflake Books we make beautiful picture-story books for children, based on well-loved Eastern legends. The characters in these delightful stories have a mixture of good and bad in their lives, but their good qualities always shine through in the end.
Children will find both sympathy and inspiration from well-loved characters like little Mouse, Silly Billy the Wise Goat, Golden Pig, Big Red Rooster, and many more here.
Snowflake Books cooperates in inter-cultural events for children in leading museums, local schools and libraries through our charitable branch, Dragon Discoveries CIC
Paula de Fougerolles is a medieval historian and author of the award-winning historical fiction series ‘The Chronicles of Iona’, the untold true story of how an exiled Irish monk and a hired sword came together to lay the foundations of the nation of Scotland.
She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, and has taught and published in the field. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Scotland and Ireland, including a prestigious year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in which she criss-crossed Europe in search of the physical remains of the so-called ‘Dark Ages’–research which ultimately led to this award-winning historical fiction series.
For clever and fun phonics book for 3-5 year old beginner readers – see Malba Books. Relax and destress with Mary Dee motivational colouring books for teens and adults.
Vie Portland writes inclusive children’s picture books, positive growth books for adults, and compiles collections with other authors.
Paul grew up in 1970s High Wycombe when sherbet flying saucers cost 2½ p a hundred weight and platform shoes were both cool and great for toe-punting footballs.
He lays no claim to having books published in multiple languages. He’s taught karate in Tibet and Bolivia, half-built swimming pools in Sydney and recently worked as a surveyor in Soho.
The Man on the Rubber Balloon or Optimism is the first book in a trilogy called The Colombian Connection and The Man with the Silver Beretta or Redemption is book number two. Both of them are narco thrillers set in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia in 1992, written with a hint of dark humour and an eye on historic events that shaped each country. All profits from the first novel are pledged to the charity Young Minds, in support of young people’s mental health.
Paul also has ‘previous’ with a short story, Plata o Plomo, about Pablo Escobar’s demise in a Medellín bunker.
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