The Leeds Big Bookend Festival, is coming up this week www.bigbookend.co.uk Daniel Ingram Brown’s current play, Drink with a Chimp will be premiering at the Carriageworks theatre. He also has a day's event at the Stanley and Audrey Burton art gallery at Leeds university for a project called Stories from the Forests of Leeds. Info for all of those are on Big Bookend's website. Other JHP authors are taking part in the festival too- Jennifer Kavanagh will be talking about The Emancipation of B at the Leeds Big Bookfest on the 6th June and NE David will also be there.
Aside from her Leeds Bookfest appearance, Jennifer Kavanagh has also been busy on the non-fiction side. In May she gave a talk at the Geffryre Museum on home and homelessness (Journey Home, O Books); took part in a discussion on mysticism and unknowing on Radio Wales (A Little Book of Unknowing, Christian Alternative); In June she is going to be recording a Four Thought talk for Radio 4 on Success (The Failure of Success, O Books); doing a weekend workshop on unknowing at Charney Manor; leading the annual conference for spiritual director organisation, Spidir (The World is our Cloister and A Little Book of Unknowing, Christian Alternative).
Clarke Owens read a couple of his poems at Cal State Stanislaus on May 1 as part of the reading of their annual, Penumbra. He said: “It was interesting to see that relatively new campus, and how the surrounding area had grown up since I was young, when it was mostly farm land.”
Ron Semple will be giving talks to Rotary Clubs about German sabotage in neutral America during World War I.
Finally... the amazing and unstoppable literary force that is "Shanti and the Magic Mandala" has just won its seventh award, the "Winner" on the 2015 Paris Book Festival in the category "Young Adult"
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