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Live Like Your Head’s On Fire

When fifteen year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything.

Push: My Father, Polio, and Me

Push: My Father, Polio, and Me is an intimate, powerful memoir of illness, scientific progress, and family history.

Live Like Your Head’s On Fire (Ebook)

When fifteen year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything.

The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger

The debut novella by Alex Carulli.

Born in New York City on the night of John Lennon’s assassination Ros is now a celebrated photographer who claims to have killed reclusive writer J. D. Salinger with the help of her alter ego Marta.

Flowing as a torrent of stream-of-consciousness prose this story explores the vital function of art and the responsibility that ensues …

Source

The debut novella by Rosemary Johnston.

Kate and her teenage daughter return to Ireland to sort through what is left of the family farm. Source is a book about beginnings and homeland and the words that accompany us on our journey.

Madeleine

The debut novella by Stella Bech.

Madeleine is everything Angela is not: charismatic, lovable, certain

A story of two people who find and lose each other, and the ways love, loss and memory shape a life.

New Fictions Bundle (Madeleine, The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger, Source)

Purchase a bundle of the 3 New Fictions books at a discounted rate of £15.00. That equates to 3 for the price of 2.

Bundle includes:
Madeleine by Stella Bech
The Day I Killed J. D. Salinger by Alex Carulli
Source by Rosemary Johnston

PLUS the first 30 orders will get free copies of previous New Fictions winners And the Years Rolled By at an …

Lighthouse 22 – The Poetry Edition

Lighthouse 22 (The Breakout Issue) features poetry submitted during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, so, naturally it touches on those themes, However, this is not simply a lockdown issue. The poems are wide ranging in theme and scope and the features give a rare glimpse at the personal work of the editors.

Published Spring 2021

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Tools for writing, no matter what!Guest Post by Sandra Jensen As I wrote in my previous blog, there are many impediments to writing with a chronic illness. I am very lucky my version of ME/CFS Read more…