Monday, 14 December 2015

Calderdale Library event - Michael Fowler 16 December 2016

Michael Fowler is coming to Calderdale Library on Wednesday, details below:

Winter events from Calderdale Libraries

WEDNESDAY 16th December 2015  2pm                                                    


Michael Fowler

In 2006 Michael retired from the police following 32 years’ service, with  behind  him he had a folder full of rich crime material to draw upon. 

With no more distractions he began the journey of writing that crime novel he had always promised himself. The first draft was completed within 18 months.  Then he spent another year tightening the prose and in 2010 he began submitting the manuscript.

After only a few rejections he was offered a contract by Caffeine Nights Publishing Limited and in 2012 Heart of the Demon was released, together with the follow-up novel, Cold Death.
Michael’s other bestselling books include, Coming, Ready or Not (D.S. Hunter Kerr Book 4), and  Secrets of the Dead (D.S. Hunter Kerr Book 3).

Michael will discuss and read from his work  -  and sign sale copies at the event.

To book for this free event, click here
BEASTINGS by Benjamin Myers has won the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize 2015.

The winner was announced on 26th November at a gala dinner hosted by Val McDermid at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. Previous winners of the Portico Literature Prize include Anthony Burgess, Val McDermid and Sarah Hall
Benjamin Myers was born in Durham, UK, in 1976.  Beastings (2014) was the recipient of the Northern Writers’ Award and short listed for a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award 2015.

 It featured on several end of year lists, and was chosen by Robert Macfarlane in The Big Issue as one of his books of 2014, who wrote: “Beastings is a brilliant, brutal novel, told sparsely but with huge strength. It put me in mind of the work of Ron Rash and Cormac McCarthy in its attention to landscape, and its muscular tone.”

Pig Iron (2012) was the winner of the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize 2013.
His novel Richard (2010 ) was chosen as a Sunday Times book of the year. Myers’ short story ‘The Folk Song Singer’ was awarded the Tom-Gallon Prize in 2014 by the Society Of Authors.

His published work includes novels, poetry collections and short stories. His most recent poetry collection, Heathcliff Adrift, exhibited at Durham Cathedral and at The Bronte Parsonage alongside landscape photographs.

 Benjamin Myers’ work is entirely set in the North of England, and explores marginal characters, rural life, landscapes and the violence of the natural world. His novels form an on-going wider series of works, each set in a different Northern county - Beastings takes places against the backdrop of Cumbria’s distant past; Pig Iron considered contemporary post-industrial Durham.

Ben currently lives in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
Love creative writing ?
Todmorden Writers Group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday evening upstairs at The Polished Knob.
Contact Andy Fraser for more details.
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