Tuesday 11 September 2018

PARLOUR PRESS, LLANDYSUL BOOK FAYRE: 29th September 2018. Come & Meet the Inspirational, Self Published and Independent Authors, Publishers and Book Sellers.

I am so excited to be organising a BRAND NEW PARLOUR PRESS BOOK FAYRE in LLandysul at the beautiful Porth Hotel on Saturday 29th September 2018, overlooking the serene and calm River Teifi, quite likely my most favourite of places. 

In this blog post, I give you a glimpse into the fascinating work of the Authors, Publishers, Book Sellers and those that hand-make books, who are coming to meet with you at Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre, to talk about their work, sell their books, and perform live readings for us. I am so excited, I could nearly burst! 

Our first ever Book Fayre gives a platform to those who are with Independent Publishers or who Self Publish, so if you have ever wanted to publish your story,  then why not come and meet the people who are already doing it.

Cheryl Beer

Hi, I'm Cheryl. I am a poet, a songwriter and I also write short inspirational stories. People have said kind things about my work over the years and I have won lots of lovely awards but that's not why I write. I feel very deeply that creative writing and publishing changes lives, empowers us, gives us wings, even when we don't know that we want to fly. I have been writing since before I could hold a pen. It is in my blood. On many occasions, writing has healed me and also made positive change for the 1000's of people that I have worked with over the years, through Parlour Press. 

Even though I have recently become deaf, living with hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis, what gives me hope, is writing my books and creating platforms for others to share their work, too.

You can find out more at:

Carol Lovekin

Carol is an absolute inspiration. I remember visiting her some years back, when she was working tirelessly to write her first book, Ghostbird. Since then, she has been signed by Honno The Welsh Women's Press and not only did they publish her first book, it was so utterly brilliant and received so well, that Honno continue their publishing relationship with her and now she has a second book published with them called, Snow Sisters.

As Carol says herself on her website, she was at an age where many are retiring, and instead, she is now living her life as a published writer, something for which she is truly grateful. 

If ever we were to be encouraged to live our dreams, it is Carol's story that will inspire us.

Wendy Steele

The very lovely Wendy Steele is an author, wise woman and goddess. She writes contemporary, magical realism, where the magical and the mundane co-exist. She is such a beautiful person and oozes with creativity, writing with  passion and is totally committed to her art. Wendy will be bringing her Book Collection 'The Flowerpot Witch' to Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre and we're so excited to welcome her.

Lazarus Carpenter

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the inspirational Lazarus Carpenter who is joining us at Parlour Press, LLandysul Book Fayre on 29th September with his Gold Shelf Book Crach Ffinnant - The Prophecy. I am currently reading it, and it has me hooked but actually, Laz's story itself, is an absolute inspiration. At 65 years of age he has been signed by Words Matter Publishing in the USA, who have just commissioned a follow up to his book. Laz is also in talks about film rights, proving that at any age, it is possible to live a dream. 

Lindsey Kent & Susan

How wonderful to have such creative collaborators with us at Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre on 29th September at The Porth Hotel. Susan Evans and Lindsey Kent better known as 'Shrimpy & the Pip' are excited to have launched their very first book together this year & will be sharing it with us on the 29th.

Beyond is 'a life affirming tale for all ages, lovingly created with gorgeous, vibrant illustrations to captivate the eye and compliment the tale.'

Susan and Lindsey draw inspiration for their work from how we treat each other and everyday opportunities for acts of kindness. Taking their lead from nature's harmony; Beyond reaches out to everything that beats inside of us. Both writers feel that Wales & a sense of home is their anchor, reaching out through their creativity and imagery.

Willow Jordan

When I first met Willow Jordan, I could almost sense her before seeing her. Her love, light and smile radiate and fill a space. She lives her life completely through holistic creativity. Last year, I bought one of her beautifully crafted handmade books. Enclosed was the most exquisite faerie tale that she had written herself ... it arrived in a lovely handmade velvet pouch and was filled with the sacred healing that is Willow. I am absolutely delighted that Willow is coming to our Book Fayre with a whole Collection of her spiritually crafted books. How lucky are we to take a bit of her home with us.


With 35 years of studying and working within the healing arts as a Holistic and Well Being Therapist, Francess identifies emotional links between mind, body and spirit. She explores boundaries of love and fear emotionally, physiologically and psychologically in search of health, happiness and healing. 

After the Kinesiology technique of muscle testing was challenged as a form of divination by some Christians, Francess studied scripture for the healing message of Christ and conveys her understandings in her words with appreciation for the miracle of life. 

From the stars to the star fish her work addresses all in between to inspire peace, love and joy for healing and kindness to all nations for peace and heaven on earth.

Joolz Raven Stewart

In her own words  ... As a northern child, I always proclaimed to anyone who would listen,  'I'm going to live in Wales when I grow up!' Cosmic ordering at it's finest. I'm still in love with the mountains and valleys and now live in Crow cottage,  by the canal with my soulmate and hubby Jeff. I follow the wheel of the year a traditional pagan path. 'Awen' is Welsh druidic word for inspiration I'm sure that's what drew my here to this magical place. I also write children's books  versions of Welsh folk tales of Ceridwen, dragons, and Fae. Magic is everywhere.

Dan Blumgart

Isn't it funny how the Universe conspires to bring you all the right people. After a lovely lunchtime chat with my friend Bronia Lee I found out about Dan Blumgart, her son. It transpires that he is a travel blogger with a difference, capturing his journey in the most exquisitley artistic way.

Whether it's hitching a ride in a horse and cart in Romania or attempting to cycle across Namibia on a folding bike, Dan likes to travel differently. His illustrated journals follow him over 9 trips and 30 countries, documenting both the joys and miseries of the solo budget backpacker.

Karen Gemma Brewer

Very excited to welcome to our Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre, Guest Author, Award Winning Writer, Publisher & Bookshop Owner, Karen Gemma Brewer of Gwisgo Bookworm in Aberaeron.

Not only do we get to meet Karen herself at our Book Fayre, but she is bringing with her a selection of locally produced books in English and Welsh Language.

As well as supporting others, Karen is a fine songwriter and poet in her own right, so I'm really excited to meet her, as I am sure you will be, too.

Kellie Sayer

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Kellie Sayer who is one of our Guest Book Sellers at Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre, The Porth Hotel on 29th September with her beautiful stand of Children's Books. Kellie is with Usborne Books. As a Full Time Mummy, running her Usborne Books Business enables her to work around her child care ... isn't that inspirational and Kellie is from Llandysul, so it makes perfect sense for her to join us at The Porth. Perhaps you'd like to stock up on beautiful children's books as an early Christmas gift or talk to her about how you might also work at Usborne Books. We can't wait to see Kellie and YOU

Thérésa Hedges Webb

Thérésa has been writing in many genres for a number of years, publishing her first novel ‘Our Little Miracle’, a cautionary sci-fi tale about genetics, in 2015.

Her recent short ‘Like Glass’ is currently touring film festivals. A native of Llandysul, she is excited to be taking part in Parlour Press Book Fayre & we are very excited that she is part of what promises to be, a truly beautiful day.

Caroline Lane & Anne Battye

I am so excited to introduce you to my dear friends, Caroline Lane & Ann Battye who will be attending Parlour Press Book Fayre with their first book. It's an exciting collaboration! Let me explain ...

The pair have been experimenting for some years now, with natural dyes made from plants and vegetables ... it's been fascinating finding out quirky things like- advocado skins turn wool pink ... who'd have thunk it? Absolutely beautiful work and they kept saying to me that they would make their findings into a book 'one day'. 

Well, with a little bit of gentle persuasion, I am thrilled to say that day is now ... what's more, they are hand-making the books from the materials that they experimented on throughout their hand dying journey, What an absolutely beautiful take on Self Publishing books.

Michelle Jones aka PETRA PUBLISHING

I can't tell you what it means to me that my dear friend Chelle Jones from Petra Publishing is a Guest at our Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre on 29th September at The Porth Hotel.

I just know that you will love her as much as I do. She is one of the beautiful ones, a visionary manager at The Caerphilly Parent Network & a wonderful artist in her own right, she'll be sharing Petra's new release and talking about the publishing journey.

When I asked Michelle for a biog, she listed a whole host of people from designers to volunteers and off course, her team is a very important part of the Petra success, but I want Parlour Press Book Fayre to be a place where we celebrate Michelle herself, who, in her own words, usually prefers to be in the shadow.

We met in Caerphilly 17 years ago when I first set up Parlour Press in Youth Services & I am so proud to say that she and Head for Arts lovingly picked up the publishing legacy after I had left the County and now have their own thriving community publishing house, having published 48 beautiful books, such as 'Granny Grey saves the day' written by survivors of domestic abuse for children in a refuge.

Lisa Shambrook

I am so excited to introduce Lisa Shambrook who is one of the Guest Authors joining us at Parlour Press, Llandysul Book Fayre on 29th September at The Porth Hotel. Come along and chat to her about her flash fiction, short stories and novels.

Lisa is a sensory writer, delving into sensitive subject matters that will lift your spirit and steal your heart. Not only has she been part of 10 Anthologies, you can also talk with her about her 'Surviving Hope Novels'. Personally, I am excited about her beautiful new book 'A Symphony of Dragons' a prelude to her forthcoming 'Seren Stone Chronicles'.

Nicola Beechsquirrel

In her own words ...  

I have lived in rural Wales for many years, since leaving London where I was brought up. The rugged and beautiful countryside is much more to my taste than city life. After my children grew up and left home, I studied at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter; and gained a B. A. in archaeology and anthropology. The computer skills I learned in the process have given me the confidence and ability to create the books I have been longing to write for years. 

My current work in progress is now nearing completion after much research and organisation. It is a transcript of a talk given to Rowledge Womens' Institute by my grandmother, Ivy Hindley, describing a journey to Kashmir undertaken by herself and three colleagues from the Wesleyan Methodist Mission in south India where she worked from 1909-1915. I have used photographs and paintings made by my grandmother whilst in Kashmir as illustrations.



No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.