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I can remember when you first put this idea together Mike. Good work on the characterisation and imagery. I like return journey through the storm, and it's a good ending, but I'm sure it's different in some way. If I remember correctly they both disappeared the first time ... or was that just wishful thinking? Great storytelling all the same.

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Neat intro Fred, combined with great imagery and storytelling. I enjoyed the chase scene. At first mention of the cat on the vessel, I wondered if there would be a miracle cure, or a disaster connected to it. Superb ending.

Tom

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A nice selection of stories John, but what gives with the poetry? I'll get back to read the remainder.

Tom

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Hi Tom

The brief was something which will illustrate - some of the poems do that job nicely and break it up

Thanks

John

Voting has closed, the stories selected from both groups in the vote for the new book were: Do not touch the Plants Ross Chisholm

Eve of Destruction Fred Johnson

Redemption Ciaran Lovejoy

Robbie the Rainbow Racer Andy Coward

An encounter with the Moleish Lesley Blundell

An Eye for an Eye Graham Dodd

Sarah Ellen Mike Beck

The Legend of Sam Sasquatch Tony Harrison

The Boy in the Dunes  Libby Thompson

The Monk and the Snow Maiden Roger Barnes

The Splishy Splashy Tale of Shelley the Seahorse Laura Inman

Bedtime Mike Watson

Two for Chicagi Sandra Spears

Chloe Crow Communicates Bud Craig

Ti’s Adventure Patricia Harvey

When will the illustrated book be published/made available?

Hi Publication has been put back to the Autumn to allow time for illustrating etc

Thanks

John

 

 

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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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