Leaflets for Rowan Tree Editing

Today's post had a few welcome surprises. As well as a hardback, bound copy of my PhD and utopian novel, We Are Seven, I also received Rowan Tree Editing's first leaflets. They are modelled on the website and were designed by the very talented Adam Craig. He is the commissioning editor of Cinnamon Press's Liquorice Fish Books imprint, a champion of innovative and idiosyncratic writing. 

Retake: Tales from the Greenhills

Yesterday I posted a link to an Amazon review of Terry Melia's wonderful Tales from the Greenhills. Amazon promptly removed my review without explanation or a means of contacting them, as well as deleting another review written by my mother—who runs a publisher in Wales called Cinnamon Press. Today I repost both reviews here. First, Jan Fortune's excellent endorsement:

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Tales from the Greenhills Review & Other Updates

Just posted my Amazon review for Terry Melia's Tales from the Greenhills, a book that deserves to be widely read. As well as adding it to my own list of available edited work. Currently working on new, exciting editing and preparing to release leaflets for the Rowan Tree website. Exciting days. 

Frantic Februaries (Successful Friends)

During an exciting fortnight moving house, attending my mother's book launch for the quixotic This is the End of the Story as well as Adam Craig's oneiric High City Walk and submitting my PhD We Are Seven to Bangor University’s printers and binders, two people I edited have shared exciting news. Terry Melia published his magnificent coming-of-age Tales from the Greenhills (review pending) and Marg Roberts released a new blog-website. The customary January fatigue has given way to a good tumult for everyone. And there is more coming this month: I have a few fresh projects to promote, including a utopia themed writing competition and a return to essaying—as well as lots and lots of editing.

The Courage of Utopia

‘The only safe way of reading a Utopia is to consider it the expression of the temperament of its author.’—William Morris

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Introductions


Many ideas have coalesced to form my new editing website, RowanTreeEditing. Samuel R. Delany once proposed that ‘it is almost impossible to write a novel any better than the best novel you’ve read in the three-to-six months before you began your own. Thus, you must read excellent novels regularly.’ Delany’s Architectures of Possibility is a book about writing, but it is not a catalogue of clichéd injunctions—show, don’t tell; write what you know—but a prompting to explore and expand literature’s limits. Therefore, between exercises and interviews, he only demands that we read. I hope to accomplish something similar. I will encourage my clients to be bolder, know the histories of their genres, read and then write with greater ambition.

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