Many Renditions of Sadness James D. Fent

Review by Patrick Green Intimate, raw and straight talking poetry, covering a broad range of personal experiences with poetic finesse and honesty. A mysterious Manchester based poet not to be missed, James D. Fent has more than poetry to offer in relation to creativity. His last collection of poetry ‘Many Renditions of Sadness’ is an ambitious collection of forty poems that claims to cover topics … Continue reading Many Renditions of Sadness James D. Fent

The Witchfinder’s sister Beth Underdown (Penguin Books)

Reveiw by Katie Frankland It does what it says on the cover: it’s a story about the sister of a witchfinder. There’s something quite simple, matter of fact about its title, yet quite deep and intriguing at the same time. The sister, Alice is making a reluctant but necessary move from London back to her rural beginnings in Essex. Her husband had recently died, leaving … Continue reading The Witchfinder’s sister Beth Underdown (Penguin Books)

Quartier Perdu Sean O’Brien (Comma Press)

 Beautiful Chilling Tales from a poet Words by Yoko Isami Before I was involved with Altrincham Word Fest, I was really an avarage reader, just reading books that caught my eye.  I had some favorite authors, but that was it. I thought that was what everyone was doing. Then I noticed my colleague  was on her small mission to read books by authors from the … Continue reading Quartier Perdu Sean O’Brien (Comma Press)

Susan Earlam – Writer, Home and Women’s Lifestyle Blogger

Susan Earlam was certainly an early adopter of social media. She started blogging about vintage lifestyle and interiors in 2010, joining Instagram in 2011. She  loves social media for the way that it allows her to meet and collaborate with other creative people. Her first incarnation was as ‘Old fashioned Susie’ which became an award winning blog, much admired by other bloggers.  ‘Old Fashioned Susie’ … Continue reading Susan Earlam – Writer, Home and Women’s Lifestyle Blogger

David Gaffney – King of Flash Fiction

  It’s been a while since writer David Gaffney’s Flash fiction workshop for Altrincham Word Fest. We met up with him in Manchester for a catch up and he chatted to us about his writing and his ‘colourful past’ before he found his vocation. ​ When did you start writing? I didn’t start writing stories until I was about 40! Before that I wrote songs … Continue reading David Gaffney – King of Flash Fiction

Happy new year! Altrincham Word Fest 2019 is on the way. Altrincham’s own writing festival will be taking place from 11th to the 26th May 2019. We have the best from our 2018 event plus some very exciting new workshops and writer events. Keep your eyes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates. Continue reading