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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Drum roll please…

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Mesdames et Messieurs, Damen und Herren, damer og herrer. (Right, that’s enough).

I am pleased to announce that I have published my first book. Space, a book of poems about what lies above the sky, is now available at Amazon and Smashwords with both print and electronic versions available.

By your copy from here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-ebook/dp/B00EG0L8J2/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_FT5Z (e-book)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-James-Bicheno/dp/1492139319/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_54JY (print book)

Or here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/345907

I’ll publish a post soon about how I found the whole process but, if you’re desperate to try this yourself, I can recommend two books that I found invaluable: Publishing E-Books for Dummies by Ali Luke (http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118342909,descCd-buy.html) and Self-Printing by Catherine Ryan Howard (http://catherineryanhoward.com/self-printing-home/) A big thank you to both ladies who gave such great advice and tips in their books.

In the meantime please enjoy Space!


Read Through History – July

Another month and another round of books. It seems the journey through time is taking a few detours as there have been a few other books I want to read.

Anyway…

1) The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. This was going to feature a lot later as it’s set during the Forties but it was my choice for the Book Club I am part of at the day job so I read it then. This is set in an alternative history where Charles Lindbergh becomes President of the USA and takes Hitler’s side instead of the allies when the Second World War starts. The novel follows Roth’s family and how they would have fared in this reality.

2) Sharpe’s Havoc by Bernard Cornwell. Richard Sharpe is beginning to settle into his role as an officer.

3) Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom. Set during the Third Century Crisis when Rome is at war with Persia, despite all the political upheaval in Italy.

And that’s as far as it goes for this month. Not a lot, I know but I was moving house at the time!


Victorious Festival

Stuck for something to do over the August Bank Holiday? Then why not come down to Portsmouth Dockyard for two days of music, entertainment, history and, of course, a good solid helping of local literature?

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As you can see, there will be lots to see and do, not to mention the fantastic historic sights of the Dockyard. There is also the new Mary Rose Museum which opened at the end of last month (which I have been to see and will write about soon.) There are many big names in music and quite a few local bands, a beer tent, entertainment for kids, food and much, much more.

Oh, and you can see me and some of my friends perform some of our work. How’s about that then?

Book your tickets here: http://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/ and get down to Old Pompey for some Bank Holiday fun by the sea!