Inkerman Writers, aka The Inkers, were originally creative writing students at Darlington Arts Centre, County Durham, England.

Since the centre's closure. they meet at the Friends' Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington.

Tracey Iceton took over the courses from John Dean in January 2018.

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Books raise funds for hospice

Author Keven Shevels, a member of Darlington-based Inkerman Writers, has now published three novels in his darkly comic Dogsbreath series, which are available on Amazon.  Proceeds from sales are donated to St Teresa’s Hospice in the town.The books are:The Haddock Flies At Midnight - A contemporary novel tracing thirty days in the life of a small town hall official who…See More
Aug 20
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Arts festival appearances

Group members are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Darlington Arts Festival, featuring in two events.Inkers Creative Writing Collective presents ‘The Other Side Of The Door.’ An entertaining hour of prose and poetry.  A door represents a world of possibility, a passageway from one world to another. Come and listen to tales of confusion, comedy, intrigue and…See More
Apr 11
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Apr 11
Keven Shevels posted a blog post

A Song of Ice and Haddock

Don't know if anyone is interested, but my latest comic novel in the Dogsbreath Histories is now available to download from Amazon price £1.99. Titled 'A Song of Ice and Haddock' it is a fantasy and traces the history of the earliest known ancestor of the Dogsbreath family, one Ivor the Dogsbreath. Suffice to say Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian all have the mickey taken out of them. As usual all proceeds will go towards St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington.Kev Shevels See More
Apr 2
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Bud talks sense of place

Interested in crime fiction? Then check out Inkerman Writer Bud Craig talking about his craft in the latest instalment of the free Tall Tales Mysteries Mug Shots series of films. Bud, one of the Book Folks stable of writers, talks in particular about sense of place. You can watch the interview at https://youtu.be/AO-81NwdYvwSee More
May 11, 2021
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Hats off to Bud

Inkerman Writer Bud Craig is celebrating after his short story Hats Off to Larry was commended in the Elmbridge Literary Competition. The theme of the competition was music.In the story, in 1960 Salford teenager Jack finds the girl of his dreams. Over the next three years, Jack changes as does pop music, the Everly Brothers and Del Shannon giving way to the Beatles.Jack plans a year in France after A levels and sees a whole new world opening up. Girlfriend Cathy, who left school at fifteen, is…See More
Apr 1, 2021
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A wander down the street that gave the group its name

One of the anthologies produced by Darlington-based Inkerman Writers gives a clue as to how they got their name.The anthology of short stories, titled Inkerman Street, was based on the demolition of a fictional northern street and the stories of the people who lived in it.The book, which features a variety of stories ranging from horror to comedy, begins like…See More
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The Welcome: and other Sci-Fi stories

A collection of twelve stories suitable for anybody who enjoys the challenge of good versus evil. I believe the stories will have a wide appeal because I’ve used a variety of genre and circumstances.
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Inkerman Writers among authors to back new venture

An exciting new initiative has been launched featuring online interviews with popular crime fiction authors.Mug Shots is run by Tall Tales Mysteries, a leading UK murder mystery company based in the Darlington area of County Durham.The idea for Mug Shots happened when Scottish-based crime writers Jackie Baldwin, Ian Patrick and John Dean, a member of the Inkerman Writers…See More
Feb 12, 2021
 

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Books raise funds for hospice

Author Keven Shevels, a member of Darlington-based Inkerman Writers, has now published three novels in his darkly comic Dogsbreath series, which are available on Amazon.  Proceeds from sales are donated to St Teresa’s Hospice in the town.

The books are:

The Haddock Flies At Midnight - A contemporary novel tracing thirty days in the life…

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Posted by John Dean on August 20, 2022 at 10:30am

Arts festival appearances

Group members are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Darlington Arts Festival, featuring in two events.

Inkers Creative Writing Collective presents ‘The Other Side Of The Door.’ An entertaining hour of prose and poetry.  A door represents a world of possibility, a passageway from one world to another. Come and listen to tales of…

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Posted by John Dean on April 11, 2022 at 9:30am

A Song of Ice and Haddock

Don't know if anyone is interested, but my latest comic novel in the Dogsbreath Histories is now available to download from Amazon price £1.99. Titled 'A Song of Ice and Haddock' it is a fantasy and traces the history of the earliest known ancestor of the Dogsbreath family, one Ivor the Dogsbreath. Suffice to say Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian all have the mickey taken out of them. As usual all proceeds will go towards St Teresa's Hospice in…

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Posted by Keven Shevels on April 2, 2022 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

Bud talks sense of place

Interested in crime fiction? Then check out Inkerman Writer Bud Craig talking about his craft in the latest instalment of the free Tall Tales Mysteries Mug Shots series of films. Bud, one of the Book Folks stable of writers, talks in particular about sense of place. You can watch the interview at …

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Posted by John Dean on May 11, 2021 at 1:34pm

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What is art?

Art is an intellectual exercise that results in people seeing and thinking differently.'Art is the presentation of art and form in such a manner as to delight and inform.' Horatio.An artist is…Continue

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The Self Publishing Conference 2014

Hello there my fellow Inkerman Writers. I realise that there are those of you, who like me, have already dabbled in the self-publishing field, but you may still be interested in attending the…Continue

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DfC

The Inkerman Writers are members of Darlington for Culture (DfC), which was set up  in 2010 to help save Darlington Arts Centre from closure.

Its members include representatives of arts and community groups.

DfC was established after the centre’s owner, Darlington Borough Council, announced that budget cuts meant that it would have to withdraw its subsidy from the Arts Centre.

Although the centre closed, the organisation remains active - more at www.darlingtonforculture.org

 

Publications

Welcome to the site created by the Inkerman Writers to showcase our work.

Based in Darlington, North East England, and having celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2013, members have enjoyed success in a variety of arenas, including winning, and being shortlisted and highly commended, in short story competitions, having novels published and publishing the short story anthology A Strawberry in Winter, which can be obtained by visiting the website www.blurb.com

The group's second anthology of short stories, Christophe's Farewell and Other Stories, can be obtained, cost £4.95 plus postage and packing, from

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2173759/4a79a32f5cf205f6bfd37b6f1df30e33900a5ab0?utm_source=TellAFriend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2692827

The Inkerman Writers latest book, Out of the Shadows, which was launched as part of the 2013 Darlington Arts Festival, is on sale. The book can be ordered direct from

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4204019-out-of-the-shadows

The group also produced The Last Waltz, a double CD of short stories, available by contacting deangriss@btinternet.com, cost £5 plus p and p.

Several of our writers wrote original one-act plays in a collaboration with the Green Theatre company, which were performed at Darlington Arts Centre early in February, 2012.

 

Darlington-based Inkerman Writers have produced their latest anthology of short stories, Inkerman  Street, based on the demolition of a fictional northern street and the stories of the people who lived in it.

The book, which features a variety of stories ranging from horror to comedy, was launched to a large audience at the Darlington Arts Festival Literary Day on Saturday May 26 and begins like this:

Inkerman Street is still and graveyard-hushed tonight, the terraced houses cold behind boarded-up windows, silent sentinels among a sea of wasteland. No one lives here now and tomorrow the bulldozers will move in to flatten the houses to make way for the Council’s Grand Plan.

“Although the people are long gone, the houses still have life. Peek into one of the bedrooms and see on the wall a painting of a seaside scene, brightly-coloured boats bobbing in the harbour, fishermen pipe-smoking in the noonday sun and seagulls wheeling high above the choppy waters. In the roaring silence of the night, you can hear the screeching of the birds and taste the salt air, acrid and herring-sharp at the back of your throat. It is an illusion; the bedroom is empty and the blooms on the faded wallpaper have long since wilted.

“The air in the houses is musty with neglect yet but a few months before, these were bustling homes filled with frying bacon and steaming irons, whistling kettles and playing children. The houses witnessed all these scenes for more than 150 years. Behind their curtains were enacted a thousand stories but tomorrow they will be destroyed because Inkerman Street is the last of its ilk.

“Now, on the eve of the street’s death, the people who once lived here have returned, gathering solemn and silent in the mist, the ghosts of the past come to pay final tribute….”

The anthology can be purchased at http://www.blurb.co.uk/bookstore/invited/7524452/bae89c993c98ec8c8b37b12d6b9b37ecced5dec3

 

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