Red Lighthouse is Mantle Arts’ programme of writing and literature projects. It includes participatory activity with schools, libraries and local communities as well as offering support and development opportunities to new and established Midlands-based writers who want to think outside of their existing specialisms, explore new approaches, develop additional skills and knowledge, and grow their professional network.
Wolves & Apples is an event for writers producing work for children and young adults. It’s a chance to find out more about the opportunities out there and network with professionals from the industry.
Ben Galley is a best-selling dark fantasy author from the UK. He is the author of the epic Emaneska Series and a new western fantasy series, the Scarlet Star Trilogy. When he’s not dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors to self-publish and sell their books at Shelf Help Here he shares some of his thoughts on writing and publishing.
What was your favourite book when you were a child, and why?
Definitely Lord of the Rings. It was the sheer depth of it – the fact that I could actually experience another world just by flipping a page. That ignited something in me.
What is your top writing tip?
Write every day, even if it’s just a little. Writing is all about practice. Even the greats are still practising, day after day. Set yourself a goal of writing every day, and you’ll find your flow and confidence a lot faster.
What advice do you wish you’d been given when you started self publishing?
That it’s important to pay an editor. I didn’t have enough money when I was publishing my debut novel in 2010, but it’s cost me more since to fix the errors and republish. It’s also resulted in a few negative reviews, which can damage a book’s sales. Fortunately, it’s now professional, but it’s always best to spend the money, bit the bullet, and make your book as perfect as possible for launch.
Ray Robinson’s Edith
Watch the trailer for the new film of Ray Robinson‘s Edith, with Peter Mullan. You can read the original story, along with 14 others in What Haunts the Heart, an anthology of psychological horror, historical fiction, contemporary fantasy and, of course, ghost stories. Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and as a Kindle book
Congratulations to Richard Barber
Richard Barber’s story A Framework has been included in the anthology Respectable Horror, along with The Well Wisher by Matthew Pegg, director of Mantle Arts! Richard also has a short story in the anthology ‘What Haunts the Heart’ Available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1XXSvGm) and Barnes and Noble (http://bit.ly/1VWBWNN) and as a Kindle book (http://amzn.to/1TdGDkB)
BUY YOUR COPY NOW ‘What Haunts the Heart‘
Fifteen tales of the things that haunt us. From obsession to regret, madness to redemption. A waxwork maker in Victorian Whitechapel, a doomed puppeteer performing in a lonely village… the characters in this collection are all haunted by something; by past mistakes, relationships, memories and choices. Includes psychological horror, historical fiction, contemporary fantasy, and, of course, ghost stories. Available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1XXSvGm) and Barnes and Noble (http://bit.ly/1VWBWNN). Also available as a Kindle book (http://amzn.to/1TdGDkB)
Wordsworth in Leicestershire
We’re making a radio play about when William Wordsworth moved his family from Dove Cottage in Grasmere to Leicestershire and helped create the Winter Garden in the grounds of the newly built Coleorton Hall. Get in touch of you are interested in helping with research or learning about the technical side of radio drama – maybe even performing. No previous experience necessary! For more info email email@example.com
WHAT HAUNTS THE HEART
An anthology of short stories
A waxwork maker in Victorian Whitechapel receives help from an
A woman tries to sell a house scarred by the evidence of a disturbing past.
A doomed puppeteer performs in a lonely village.
What Haunts the Heart features fifteen tales of obsession, regret, madness, redemption, and other things that haunt us. This anthology includes psychological horror, historical and literary fiction, contemporary fantasy, and, of course, ghost stories. Featuring fiction by Graham Joyce, Ray Robinson, Emma J. Lannie, Annabel Banks, William Gallagher, Brian Ennis, Richard Farren Barber, Liz Kershaw, Pascale Presumey, Fiona Joseph, Reen Jones, J. T. Seate, Fran Hill, Scotty Clarke and Tom Johnstone.
Publisher: Mantle Lane Press Now available as a Kindle book on AMAZON
Can collaborations enhance your creativity?
Red Lighthouse is working with The Moveable Feast Workshop Company on Points of Contact, a workshop using a variety of techniques – including storytelling, printmaking, dialogue and writing – to provide creative nutrition for writers and visual artists who want to explore new possibilities and collaborations.
Here are some personal reflections on the process of collaboration from Tony Gee, workshop leader and Director of Moveable Feast; –
“The first workshop I facilitated was at Dartington College of Arts. Forty artists from a variety of practices wanted to look at workshop practice – via a workshop! The mix of practitioners, and the need of an often isolated group to spend creative time with other artists, led to some amazing results: people’s practices took new and unexpected turns and whole companies sprung up which subsequently found ways to employ each other. It was an inspiring event and many of those artists still work together now. Practice was developed through practice. Since then I have facilitated or co-facilitated all sorts of gatherings, including a project in Saskatchewan with the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre. Through creative production we bring into existence things that hitherto hadn’t existed. An artist friend once said this to me in an interview: ‘Every workshop is a story and it’s an original story and it’s a story written there and new completely and it’s never been thought of before.’ So, what do I find comes out of creative retreats? Confidence, affirmation, new directions, collaborations, ideas and employment possibilities can emerge through the collective application of our imagination“.