York Festival of Writing: the book!

cover FoW ebook

cover FoW ebook

In September 2012 I attended the annual York Festival of Writing organised by the fabulous Writers Workshop. It’s a wonderful event, with seminars, panels and workshops for budding authors and a brilliantly friendly atmosphere.

This year, for the first time, festival goers were invited to submit a short piece of writing as a contribution to a book that would capture the essence of the festival.

Edited by the awesome writer Debi Alper, this gorgeous book is now available on Amazon Kindle here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writers-Workshop-FESTIVAL-WRITING-ebook/dp/B00BFXK4T8 

It’s a fun read, with plenty of variety, and even features Crime Thriller Girl’s top five tips for FoW fabulous-ness (and the top tips of my fellow Nomad’s Natalie James and James ‘Mighty Jock’ Law).

Whether you attended the 2012 festival or not, it’s well worth a read.

It’ll certainly make you want to book for 2013.

Hound of the Baskervilles – the t-shirt!

Office of Print t-shit

Office of Print t-shit



With huge thanks to the fabulous Criminal Element blog (www.criminalelement.com) I’ve just spotted this wonderful t-shirt.

It features the original UK book cover of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle immortalised on a t-shirt – amazing!

And there are more. Out of Print Clothing have a huge range of t-shirts and other items showing original covers from a whole host of marvelous books – Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, and many more!

To find out more, hop over to their website http://shop.outofprintclothing.com/The_Hound_of_the_Baskervilles_book_cover_t_shirt_p/b-1007.htm 

I’m off to order mine …

Love books? This could be the perfect Christmas gift …


#christmas (Photo credit: Isselmuden)

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the book lover in your life, and you’d like to give them something unique and rather quirky, this could be for you.

From the twitter feed of the fabulous Emma Darwin (@emma_darwin) via @shelleywriter I’ve just heard about this fabulous reading spa experience offered by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath.

This award winning, independent bookstore offer two types of spa gift – the ‘Delightful Reading Spa’ and the ‘Extravagant Reading Spa’.

I’ve not tried one myself, but they sound amazing. I think I might need to treat myself to a little trip to Bath in 2013 …

Click here to find out more:  http://www.mrbsemporium.com/index.php/info/reading_spa


Finding Sherlock in the Maze

the book maze

For me there’s something wonderful about the physicality of a paper book.

Perhaps it’s because of fond memories of childhood Christmas’ and treasured hardbacks given as gifts. Or perhaps it’s because from the moment I could read a book I’ve always had at least one on the go at any time. I just can’t imagine not having a current book (and a long list of ‘to reads’).

So, that said, you can imagine how excited I was to visit the book maze installation at Royal Festival Hall, London, a couple of weeks ago.

The maze was made up of Braille books and second-hand paperbacks and hardbacks of all genres from crime to self-help via chick lit, academic textbooks and romance – to name a few!

As I navigated the passages between the walls of books, I spotted novels by authors I love and authors I’d love to read.  In fact, I could have read them right there because the maze was designed to be interactive: see a book that interests you, pick it up and start reading … wonderful.

When finally, after flicking through many books along the way, I reached the end I was delighted to find stories about one of my favourite characters, written by the author that first got me interested in the crime thriller genre, displayed on the final twist of the book wall. It was a hardback copy of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Study in Scarlet and Hound of the Baskervilles.

And so, in the end (and the beginning for me) there was Sherlock.

Sherlock in the maze