Tom Benson
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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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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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Glasgow born, Tom, joined the British Army at 17, serving from 1969 - 1992.
He next took up Retail Management which he continued from 1993 - 2012. He then stepped down to be a Sales Assistant so that he could devote more time to writing.

Tom started writing in 2007. Since then he has written novels, trilogies, a five-part novel, a series of five novellas, seven short story anthologies, and a series of five poetry anthologies. Apart from his personal publications Tom has had six short stories published in anthologies. He has had several prize-winning letters published in writing magazines.

At the time of this update, February 2021 - he is working on two novels and an anthology of short stories. Apart from his personal projects he mentors two other authors and beta reads regularly.


In August 2014 Tom hired a designer to create a website to feature his books. In late 2020 he closed down his original website and created a new one himself:

Tom's ambition in 2007 was to be a successful writer which is a selective phrase. He feels he is making inroads towards his aim, now enjoying sales almost every day.

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My Writing Year - 2018 - Tom Benson

I may not attend the group writing sessions but I often think of the regular evenings of writing exercises and critique. The idea of one-to-one feedback in person, is, in my opinion, unparalleled in our craft. Yes, I moved on to be in a world (or worlds) of my own, but I learned a lot from the weekly…

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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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