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Monmouth and Aberystwyth Groups: Self-Publishing

19 November @ 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

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Our Aberystwyth and Monmouth local groups are joining forces on Friday 19 November from 4pm for a talk from Mark McCrum on the ins and out of self-publishing. 

Mark will share his own experience self-publishing his first work of fiction, The Festival Murders, after a long career as a non-fiction writer. This led him to set up Prospero Press, a self-publishing co-operative, which has successfully published a series of other novels by established writers, while The Festival Murders and its two sequels subsequently found a home with a conventional publisher, Canongate.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and we’ll use breakout rooms to chat in small groups.

Mark McCrum began his career as a travel writer, with well-received books about Southern Africa (Happy Sad Land), Australia (No Worries) and Ireland (The Craic). A continuing interest in people in unusual settings led him to document the UK’s first two Reality TV series, 1900 House and Castaway 2000 (both top ten bestsellers). He then accepted an invitation to write about Robbie Williams on a sell-out tour of Europe, which became the no. 1 best seller Somebody Someday. Mark’s other books include Going Dutch In Beijing, a light-hearted account of the differences in etiquette around the world and Walking With The Wounded, which told the moving story of four wounded Afghan veterans and their successful attempt to reach the North Pole.

Recently, he has turned to crime. His debut novel, The Festival Murders, was longlisted for the Independent on Sunday’s 2014 Alternative Booker prize and selected as the Mail on Sunday’s ‘Thriller of the Week.’ Of the follow-up, Cruising to Murder, the Daily Mail wrote: ‘an eclectic mix of characters – none of whom would be out of place in an Agatha Christie tale – it has a charm and wit that the mistress of crime herself might admire’. The third, Murder Your Darlings, was selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ by both the Literary Review and the Mail on Sunday. www.markmccrum.com

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19 November
16:00 - 17:00 GMT
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