Novel Nights talk on Self-Publishing

Self-Publishing talk & Open Mic : 8pm, Thursday July 3rd, The Lansdown Pub,8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF. 

With the massive shifts in the publishing industry and the rise of e-books writers have more choice than ever before. Self-publishing is one of the options, find out if it’s for you.

Helen Hart, Silverwood Books

Helen Hart, Silverwood Books

Guest speaker, Helen Hart of Silverwood Books, will talk about the self-publishing  industry followed by a Q and A session. Publishing Director, Helen, is the author of nine novels (Harper Collins, OUP, Scholastic,) and Indie Reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Read more at Silverwood Books.

Lily Forbes, recently published by Silverwood, will read from her novel about her childhood,  ‘Growing up Under the Mango Tree’ and talk briefly about her experiences of self-publishing. Lily’s book launched on June 3rd and her book is currently ranked 15,300 in the Amazon charts out of 6 million books.

Open Mic or novelists and writers – please contact . in advance for details. We’d love to hear your work.  Five minute slot.

SilverWood Logotype WHITE on GREEN 2 (1)SilverWood Books is an author services company that supports self-funding writers to produce high quality professionally-designed books and ebooks.


Tickets – £4 on the door. 8pm  July 3rd, The Lansdown Pub, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF. 8pm

Novel Nights with Alan Snow

Guest speaker, Alan Snow, will give tips on working with publishers, and talk about having his trilogy, The Ratbridge Chronicles,  made into a feature film. The film (The Boxtrolls),is due to be released in September 2014. and stars Simon Pegg and Ben Kingsley.


Novel Nights takes place on the 1st May at the Lansdown, 8.00 pm. Tickets £4 on the door. 


Here Be Monsters! the first in the trilogy is set in—and below—the fictional town of Ratbridge (based upon Trowbridge ) .  Ratbridge is located in northeast Bumbleshire, on the banks of the River Rat. 

The plot stars Arthur  who flies with the help of mechanical wings and who lives in a complex network of tunnels beneath Ratbridge. It features illegal cheese hunts and fantastical creatures including Fish, a Boxtroll, cabbage heads and freshwater sea cows 

NB: Boxtrolls are a sub-species of the common troll, are extremely shy and live in cardboard boxes. Simon Pegg plays a Boxtroll in the film.

Alan has written and illustrated over 160 books for children including How Pirates really work, and The Truth About Cats. Other projects include creating an app of A Christmas Carol,the design of a children’s science museum in Japan, and the design of project robot. 

How pirates really work

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