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News Roundup: Maureen Duffy, Sky Croft reviewed, Val McDermid in Kirkcaldy, and Andrea Bramhall & Niamh Murphy blogging

4 May

As the UK winds down for the May bank holiday, UK LesFic is winding up for a month that promises to be quite lively. But first, the news!

7097578_origOn May 8th, Maureen Duffy will be holding a book launch for her latest poetry collection Environmental Studies. The launch will be held at Woolfson and Tay bookshop, London SE1 at 7 p.m. Entry is free and refreshments are provided. Duffy’s publisher’s website explains the context of her work:

There is a strong sense of compassion and fair play in her poems, reflecting Duffy’s lifelong support for progressive social and political movements, and a beautiful lyricism and technical skill derived from her love of the classical world and Old and Mediaeval English. As so often in her work, London past and present provides the backdrop to her real and imagined life stories: of love and loss, forebears and friends, the humorous and sometimes painful experiences of old age.

Maureen Duffy is a poet, novelist and playwright, author of some 30 books. Her work has often used Freudian ideas and Greek myth as a framework. Heavily involved in LGBTQ and human rights issues since the 1960s, her poetry has often challenged these issues head-on (in particular her 1977 work The Ballad of the Blasphemy Trial, a broadside against the trial of Gay News a decade before).

For more information about the event, head here.

imagesOver at the Lesbrary, Kristi has been reviewing Sky Croft’s latest novel, Mountain Rescue: The Ascent:

All in all, I think this book has many positive notes and excellent action scenes for the climbing rescues. If readers want a love story that builds slowly, that has some obvious tropes, but gives an uplifting story about rebounding from heartbreaks of many kinds, then Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, is a good choice.

The novel is due out this month and the full review can be found at this link.

Another date for the diary of Val McDermid fans now, as June 8th at 7 p.m. will see Val in conversation with Jim Leishman to celebrate the opening of the new Kirkcaldy library. We’ll keep an eye on the event’s listing for more specific details, but for the time being you can make a note of the date!

To round things up, Andrea Bramhall and Niamh Murphy have both been blogging about writerly stuff this week. Andrea has been chatting about finally plucking up the courage to sneak a peek at reviews of her work, while Niamh has simply not been in the Zone. Aye, we all have days like that. My advice? Stick your feet up, watch telly and eat chips.

Last, but certainly not least, a little gift to whoever visited the site after entering a Google search for Lesbian Ass Kissing. We are euG65tDalways happy to oblige here at UK LesFic, so we found this just for you:

News Round Up: Sky Croft at Women & Words, Arachne Press Seeking Submissions, Cherry Potts interview, and Hild’s full cover revealed.

15 Apr

imagesSky Croft, author of Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, has been guest blogging over at  Women and Words.  The piece focuses upon where Sky gets her inspiration, and she reveals that the wilds of Scotland have been particularly important for her writing:

I’ve holidayed there since I was a child, and many of my fondest memories are from that time. It’s a beautiful place: lush rolling hills around the border, impressive jagged peaks in the Highlands, and a feeling of peace and solitude that I’ve yet to find anywhere else. I could continue, but I’d best stop there before I sound like a tour guide!

You can read the entire blog here.

Another recent addition to the UK LesFic authors, Cherry Potts, has been in touch to tell us that Arachne Press are currently mosaic-of-air (1)looking for submissions and are very keen to find new lesbian authors. Hurry, because the window for submissions ends in May!

“We will start considering unsolicited work from April 2013 for publication in 2015. We will consider novels, poetry, short story collections, and young adult/ older children’s fiction titles. Submissions will only be considered until the end of MAY 2013.”

There’s loads more information about their submission process right here. Polish off those manuscripts, folks!

Cherry Potts’ own story collection Mosaic of Air will be republished in September. You can find out more about Cherry and Arachne Press in her recent interview for Inkapture Magazine.

spine detail (1)Nicola Griffith recently received her ARCs (Advance Reading Copies – yes, I had to bloody google it!) for her forthcoming novel, Hild. They are very lovely and I think it’s safe to say, that she’s quite fond of them 😉 With an entire boxful heading over to her in the not too distant future, she has promised a giveaway over at her blog. In the meantime, you can see more of the cover artwork  here.

News Roundup: Clare Ashton nominated for a Goldie Award, New Author Sky Croft, Brit Authors talk Tea, and Manda Scott Touring in Shropshire

12 Apr

GCLS-2x2Blackweb---2As the temperatures rise ever so slightly, the LesFic awards season seems to have kicked up a gear. This week has seen the nominations for the Goldie Awards announced, and we are thrilled here at UK LesFic because our very own Clare Ashton is nominated in the Romantic Suspense/Intrigue category for After Mrs Hamilton.

The Goldie award ceremony is the highlight of the annual Golden Crown Literary Society conference, which alights on a different US city each year. This year’s conference will be held 26-30th June in Dallas, Texas with a wealth of LesFic authors in attendance. There aren’t any UK names on the schedule, but maybe we can set that right for the next conference in Portland, Oregon.

Many congratulations to Clare, and commiserations to those who didn’t make it onto the short list. The awards will be held on the 29th June and – as with the Lambdas – we’ll be keeping a keen eye on the results.

A warm welcome to a new author on our listing. Sky Croft, an author with Regal Crest, has two novels in the pipeline for this year, with her first, Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, currently slated for a May release. Sky has her own blog, where you can find out more about all three of her novels.

cupoftea2Playing along at 1 Question, 10 Answers over on the Women & Words blog this month were the aforementioned Ms Croft, BSB author Ke Payne, and me. The question this time around was “What is your favourite beverage” and unsurprisingly two out of the three Brits chose tea. You can read the full piece at the above link, including a selection of recipes from other authors that were slightly more exotic than tea bag, boiling hot water and milk.

manda-scottAnybody who lives in or around Shropshire and fancies meeting Manda (MC) Scott this month is most definitely in luck. Her book tour to promote Rome: The Art Of War is focused on that area, with an upcoming signing in Waterstones, Shrewsbury on Saturday April 20th (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) and a talk at Ludlow Library on April 25th. Full details of both those appearances can be found by following the links.