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The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades . . .
Published by Michael Joseph on 16TH May 2019
£7.99 paperback / eBook
ISBN: 9781405933346
**Carol is available for interview, please see contact details below for more information**

No one else knows what happened that summer. Or so she believes.

Grace first came to France a lifetime ago. Young and full of dreams of adventure, she met two very different men.

Until one summer night shattered everything.

Now, Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband,  sheltered from the world in a magnificent Provençal villa, perched atop a windswept cliff.

Every day she looks out over the sea – the only witness to that fateful night years ago.Until a stranger arrives at the house. A stranger who knows everything.
Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for playing Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. She has since written 21 fiction and non-fiction books, including four memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France, which have sold over one million copies worldwide. Her latest novel The House on the Edge of the Cliff is an epic story of enduring love and betrayal which echoes across the decades, set in a magnificent Provencal villa and will publish in paperback on the 16th May. Carol lives with her husband Michel Noll, a documentary filmmaker, in their farmhouse in the French Riviera.
You can find more information at or on Twitter: @Carol4OliveFarm.
For all publicity enquiries contact Olivia Thomas / 020 7139 3259




Appearances by national voices – civic leader Valerie Jarrett & bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz – among 2019 Lit Fest programming highlights

CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2019) The Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, marks its 35th year with an expanded outdoor presence and a return to its original roots as a community-based celebration for book lovers presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board. The much-anticipated 2019 Printers Row Lit Fest will take place along Dearborn Street from Dearborn Station to the newly named Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway), rain or shine, Saturday – Sunday, June 8 – 9, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected over the two-day festival, which will feature carefully selected offerings from over 100 booksellers; everything from the tattered to the rare to ‘hot off the press,’ newly published works.

“Chicago is a great city for readers and writers, and this is a particularly vibrant moment on the literary scene when Chicago writers are standing up and saying we matter, ideas matter. The great Chicago literary tradition of Algren, Dreiser and Sandburg has been updated and infused by energetic new voices, urgent and passionate, that elevate this great city and its place in the world,” said Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago writer, editor and co-chair of the Harold Washington Literary Awards selection committee.

In addition to a bonanza of book browsing, this year’s Lit Fest continues the tradition of numerous feature presentations by myriad authors, spoken word artists, adventurers, chefs and poets. This year will spotlight Chicago’s breadth of talent, plus offer writing workshops, and very special programs for children and young adults.

“We are really proud of our commitment to diverse programming. There will be something for everybody from children and teenagers to scholars and sports fans… and it’s all free and open to the public,” said Teresa Basso Gold, 2019 Lit Fest Director of Programming.

Outdoor tents with booksellers, and a Main Stage for speakers and Chefs demos are among the popular annual Lit Fest attractions all taking place in the heart of Printers Row, the one-time home to classic engraving and bookbinding which is on the National Register of Historic Districts.

The northern boundary of the Fest is the newly named Ida B. Wells Drive and this trailblazing visionary journalist (1862-1931) is one of the inspirations behind this year’s Festival. Among its programming will feature powerful, social justice-focused voices – many from the Midwest, including Valerie Jarrett and Alex Kotlowitz. Jarrett, the longest serving senior advisor in the Obama White House or any White House, will discuss her new memoir, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, a story that starts in Iran but has its heart in the south side of Chicago. Kotlowitz, nationally recognized journalist, bestselling author, and award-winning filmmaker introduces his most recent work, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago.

Alex Kotlowitz will also be honored at the 2019 Harold Washington Literary Award Dinner, which officially launches the Festival and takes place Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. Kotlowitz is the author of four books, including the national bestseller, There Are No Children Here, which was designated by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century and Oprah Winfrey produced and starred in its television movie adaptation. The Other Side of the River received the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and Never a City So Real is soon to be released in paperback. More information on the Harold Washington Literary Award Dinner can be found at

“In 1985, we started with one small block of South Dearborn and now we are one of the country’s oldest and best book fairs in the country,” said Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson, President & Executive Director, Near South Planning Board. “Attendees can expect the same lively street scene and sense of discovery that has always been in the DNA of the festival.”

This year, all 2019 Lit Fest programming will be 100% free of charge. The complete Lit Fest program schedule with over seven stages, including a new Center Stage and Arts & Poetry tent, will be released in May.

Near South Planning Board is the official Festival Presenter. Wintrust is the Program Sponsor. Major Sponsors include Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Chicago Tribune, Alphawood Foundation, and Poetry Foundation, with others joining in to support the 2019 Fest.

Near South Planning Board (NSPB) founded the Printers Row Lit Fest in 1985 under the direction of Bette Cerf Hill, who has returned to spearhead the Festival in 2019. NSPB is a not-for-profit community-based organization, serving businesses, institutions and property owners of the Near South Side of Chicago since 1946.

The Harold Washington Literary Award recognizes diverse and stimulating authors who address issues of contemporary life and whose literary achievements include a significant body of work that has touched the public mind and imagination. Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of the City of Chicago, revered literature and epitomized the diversity of the American experience. The award, which bears his name, celebrates this spirit. The goal of this award is to present examples to the public of creative uses of the written word. Past Harold Washington Literary Award winners starting in 1980, include Susan Sontag, Kurt Vonnegut, Ralph Ellison, August Wilson, and Scott Turow.

More information about the Printers Row Lit Fest can be found at 

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The Charroux Memoir Prize 2019 for poetry and prose
Closes midnight 15 August 2019

Thank you for being such a great supporter of the Charroux Literary Festival. We want to keep you updated on our latest initiative and we hope you will get involved or let others know about it.

We are very excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Charroux Memoir Prize for Poetry and Prose; and what’s more, we are delighted that the authors Susie Kelly and Gordon Simms have agreed to judge our first competition.

We are looking for entries for short memoir or poetry which delight, shock, amuse or enthral.

The closing date for the competition is 15 August. The successful winners and runners up will be announced in October 2019, followed by a celebration event and writing workshop in South West France.

Entrance to the competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 writing in the English language.

Guidelines and other information can be found on our website
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Tickets on sale for the first Swindon Spring Festival!
In the inaugural Swindon Spring Festival – built on the legacy of twenty-five years of the Swindon Festival of Literature – there are sixty events across fourteen action-packed days of literature, writing, speaking, ideas, dance, drama, music, film, art and circus skills.
The new Festival is bookended by two familiar and well-loved events – the unique Dawn Chorus at Lawn Woods and the Festival Finale.
The action-packed first day includes a 5k run followed by a talk by an author on all things running – this year it’s Bella Mackie, author of Jog On. But it’s not just humans and animals at the run – this year they are joined by the Tractor Carnival.
Think Slam, where philosophers do battle to out-think each other, also makes a welcome return.
More braincell-engagement comes in the form of the Spring Festival Quiz, hosted by TV Egghead and six times world quizzing champion Kevin Ashman.
Also new for this year is Festival in the Park, a free day of family fun at Lydiard Park replacing the popular Family Day having outgrown its Lower Shaw Farm home. Families will be treated to circus skills, a poetry jukebox, puppetry, and live music.
BBC Wiltshire listeners will be invited to contribute lines and phrases to A Festival Poem for Swindon, which will be curated by performance poet and festival regular Sara-Jane Arbury and the young voices of Swindon’s Prime Theatre.
Swindon’s most celebrated author gets an event in his honour – 132 years after his death. The first annual Richard Jefferies Lecture will be presented by broadcaster and Victorian literature expert Will Abberley.
Appearances from living authors include former education minister and home secretary Lord Kenneth Baker on the Seven Deadly Sins, Mike Berners-Lee (There is no Planet B) on climate change, Heather Widdows (Perfect Me) on perfection and beauty, and mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, on whether computers will ever replace artists.
Swindon Arts Centre will host a number of film screenings, among which is Life is Wonderful, a documentary focussing on the legal team who defended Nelson Mandela during the Rivonia Trial – a team led by Joel Joffe, a longtime supporter of Swindon Festival of Literature and resident of Liddington, who died in 2017.
In dance, Swindon Dance will mark its 40th anniversary with The Rising, where dancers and musicians will explore what makes people feel alive.
In theatre, Everybody – a play written and performed by young Swindon actors from Rapport – will explore what it means to be a teenager today, and Emily Carding asks you if you have answers for Hamlet’s great questions of life.
There’s too much to fit into one email – watch out for more magnificent missives on the programme and explore Read more about Thursday’s Festival launch on the Festival Chronicle.
With spring greetings!
The Swindon Spring Festival team


Do you have a burning desire to write or a story to be told?
The answer to that question is often, ‘yes, but where do I start.’
Our monthly creative writing classes are not only about writing, they are a bringing together of like-minded souls, socialising, interacting, inspiring and learning in a positive, encouraging and welcoming atmosphere. Writing can be immensely healing and therapeutic, transforming negative thoughts into positive actions. Many of our greatest love stories come from pain.
In 2018 our students had a wonderful year and are thoroughly enjoying their writing process. We have had some amazing work published in online magazines. Others are working on their biographies, memoirs, self-help therapy books, etc.
Our writing classes are held at 3 Park Villas, Wallsend every month.
Due to popular demand, I will be putting on an extra writing class and our first meeting will be on Thursday 31st January 2019. These classes will be held monthly and some of the subjects covered will be:
• Getting Started
• Goal Setting
• Setting up a Storyboard
• Tapping into your creative source
• Show Not Tell
• Creating drama to enhance your storytelling
• Character development
• Tips on Editing/Literary Agents/Publishers
We meet at 6.30pm for an informal cuppa and a chat before moving into the training room at 7pm. The class finishes at 9pm.
The cost for the evening is £10.
To book your place or for further information, please email me at
Suzanne Lambert


The contest runs from March 20th through June 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is «Round Midnight»
First prize: A week’s holiday in the island of Crete
First three winners’ stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).
All the stories of the shortlist will be published in a special English edition, released through & strange days books.
Entry fee: 10 €
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis

* Theme of the contest: Round Midnight
*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.
* The contest closes at midnight UTC on 20th of June
*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality etc of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 21st of March 2019 to enter the contest.
* Winners and the shortlist to be announced on September 10th, 2019
* There will be two collections of stories – one that will be published in Greek including the translated stories of the first three winners of the English Section and another one with all the shortlisted stories of the English Section.
All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the 1st of October, 2019.
*First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!

First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra beach, South Crete) is a studio for 2 people (with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included.
• All the shortlisted stories will be published in the anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and in November, 2019. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! (We send the books to your address once. In case of return we can’t repeat it).
First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!

Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2019 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a two-weeks low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.

Three Rock Writers’ Resort Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to work on a creative project of their choice and above all an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy life on Crete.
Writers in all creative writing genres are invited to apply. Novels, plays, short stories, poetry, graphic novel, everything is eligible. Our residency is designed for emerging and established writers seeking to dedicate a period of time to a project in any genre.
You may choose to stay in a single or shared apartment or in your private studio, at an already well known resort for award-winning writers from everywhere in the world, who have been our guests since 2012. Space is also available for one partner/friend writers would like to bring along at no extra cost

All you have to do is fill in the form and send the details of your writing project. We will choose only 20 submissions for one or two-week stay with the minimum cost in the period you prefer (Three Rock Resort available for the months April/May/June /October /November) and we also offer one prize for an entirely free one-week stay!

There is even more! Writers who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract! SDB will publish one book per year from writers who follow and complete the Three Rock Resort Residency.

















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