News and Events 2009
Great reviews for recent Brimstone publications -
Richard Adeney's autobiography Flute has received excellent reviews in recent issues of Gramophone magazine, Classical Music magazine, and Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society:
- “These memoirs of a long orchestral and chamber music career come up fresh as paint…Flute is hugely entertaining, revealing a rebellious, self-centred, restless soul.”
- Andrew Green, Classical Music
- “This book is about a complex yet entertaining man who finally feels liberated to write what he likes and does so in a manner that is fascinating, delightful, shocking, sometimes disturbing, but always amusing.”
- Dr. Robert Bigio, Pan - The Flute Magazine
The first edition of Flute has already sold out, the second edition is available, price £12.50.
J C Sledge's novel Another Mouth Has Passed, about the divisions caused in a village community when a social housing development is planned, has been praised by the Editor of Wessex Muse as “a quiet but dryly humorous scrutiny of a community unravelling. I never thought town planning could be so contentious.”
Chris Sledge gave a talk on behalf of BRIMSTONE PRESS at the Mere Literary Festival 12-18 October. There was an exhibition and sales of our authors’ books.
It is now possible for Brimstone members to sell
and advertise not only books but also CDs through us. The procedure
is much the same as for a book, except that there is no equivalent of a
ISBN number for a CD, no legal deposit requirement and no registration
with Nielsen's. Make sure you let us know what description of the CD, and
of yourelf, you want us to put on the site.
Members are recommended for their own protection to copyright songs
or musical compositions with the relevant authorities: this can
be done online (Google “Copyright Songs”).
The Brimstone CD facility does not yet include the possibility
for Internet browsers to download excerpts from CDs but we may
provide this facility in the future if there is a demand for it.
Our charges to have a CD advertised with us are:
£50 per CD for an existing Brimstone member;
£75 per CD for a new member.
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Brimstone Events 2009
Continuing our link with Higher Green Farm Arts, Brimstone Press participated in their exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 16 to 28 February. This was a wide-ranging and popular exhibition of paintings, photographs, ceramics and jewellery
Saturday 21 February at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre saw the launch of A Box of Chocolates, a collection of short stories from a competition set and judged by celebrated author Fay Weldon - who kindly devoted much of her evening to signing copies of the book. Proceeds from the book will go towards funding the recent extension at the Arts Centre. Brimstone Press, publisher of the book and one of the sponsors of the event, attended to publicise our books and our services.
Brimstone Events 2008
Brimstone Press participated in Dorset Art Weeks 2008 in a mixed
exhibition at the newly opened Higher Green Farm Arts gallery and
workshops at Twyford, near Shaftesbury. Since then we have become
part of the wide range of exhibitors whose work is on show in the
gallery and shop at Twyford. For further details of the activities
hosted at Higher Green Farm Arts please
see their website,
Brimstone Press publications can be purchased there and the gallery
is open most days - though it is advisable to telephone 01747 812593 to
check on opening times.
Brimstone Press manned a tent at the Dare2 Festival at Tollard Royal (July
12 – 13) and Brimstone author, Sebastian Hayes, gave a Storytelling
Performance on each of the days and sang his song The Fugitive (see personal
website www.sebastianhayes.co.uk) at the ‘Open Mic’ event.
This ‘mini Glastonbury’ festival had an amazing variety of
stands, shows and events to cater for all ages and inclinations, ranging
from Latin American dance to Circus Skills, Stone Balancing, Football,
Clay Making — you name it, Dare2 had it. We look forward to participating
in this year’s festival and many thanks to Paddy Seymour for hosting
the festival on her family’s land and organizing the week-end (no
On Sun 20 July, 2008, in the Earthouse at the Dorset Ancient Technology
Centre, Cranborne, Sebastian Hayes gave a rousing performance of
his tale The Island of Gulls. It was enthusiastically received
by a capacity audience in this, the area’s leading storytelling
venue. Medieval musicians and an axe-wielding Viking added atmosphere
to a memorable event.
(The story, under the alternative title Amouetta, appears in the Brimstone
publication The Foundling and Other Stories).
We are pleased to welcome several new members to Brimstone Press, Pam
Kelly, Mary Wood, Christopher
Irven, the Breach Common Group and Sylvia Oldroyd.
Pam Kelly and Mary Wood received rave reviews in the Blackmore Vale
Magazine for their books of poetry, On the Edge and Day
for which we compliment them.
Chris Sledge joined our
Board of Directors during this year. Chris, the author of the Brimstone
title, Internal Memorandum, a novel about life
in the corporate world, brings to us, apart from his literary skills,
a lifetime’s experience in business and we are very lucky to have
him amongst us. One of Chris’s first moves was to get us registered
as a Limited Company — you can’t be too careful these days.
The Blackmore Vale Magazine printed, in May, a piece about Chris Sledge
and his book, Internal Memorandum.
We now span a large and growing field which includes Poetry (Keith
Pam Kelly, Mary Wood, Sylvia Oldroyd), Novel (Keith Walton,
Drama (Arnold Hinchliffe, Sebastian
Hayes), Travel (David
Grierson), Philosophy and Religion (Chris
Irven, Sebastian Hayes) and Art (Breach Common
Brimstone Directors and Authors have also been hosting and organising
a number of local events.
In collaboration with the Slade Gallery in Gillingham, Brimstone co-organised
and hosted a joint exhibition with eleven local artists chosen by us (25
May — 10 June). Brimstone Press's work was well publicised and the
full range of our titles was available for sale throughout the duration
of the exhibition. The event included a private view and a readings evening.
We are aiming to set up a similar joint art/literature exhibition as part
of Dorset Art Weeks 2008.
Sebastian Hayes, Brimstone Company Secretary, (under his real name Robert
Mules) organised a musical evening on 20 June entitled “Gateway to
Summer” in the picturesque grounds of Shaftesbury Abbey and in so
doing managed to raise some money for the Shaftesbury Westminster Hospital.
Many thanks to all the local persons who helped to make this a memorable
evening including Keith Davies of the Abbey Trust who was invaluable in
helping us with the organisation, the Shaftesbury Silver Band, the U3A
Circle Dance Group led by Pam Kelly, the Westminster Nurses who prepared
sandwiches and the Bell Street Café which put some of their delicious
puddings up for sale. Only the weather left something to be desired but
this, sadly, is a typical hazard of outdoor events in this country !
On 13 August Mary Wood launched her first collection
of poems Day
Return with a Public Reading at one of the
regular literary evenings organised by David Caddy (editor of Tears
in the Fence magazine) at Huckleberry’s
Bookshop, Blandford. Sebastian Hayes and Keith Walton also read
from their work.
Brimstone Press participated in the initial launch events of Creative
Dorset. This is a Government funded initiative designed to promote
economic activity in the creative industries in the county.
As a result, we were invited to speak at a seminar entitled "Write
Survive" which was held at Poundbury on 26
September. We shall continue
to stay involved with this initiative.
On 30 Sept there was a Private View of Breach:
The Art of Commons at
Shaftesbury Arts Centre. The exhibition is the response of four artists — a
poet, a painter, a photographer and a prose writer — to a Dorset
Common over a six month period from the shortest day of the year
longest. Catherine Simmonds, Rachel Sargent, Justin Orwin and Keith
Walton were all there to host a well-attended evening. The exhibition
continued to 14 September. It then transferred to Salisbury College
and Gillingham School (21 Nov — 21 Dec), the first
outside exhibition to be hung in the new theatre's gallery.
Pam Kelly was asked to judge the Mere Literary Festival’s
2007 Poetry Competition (Local Prize) on Sunday, 14
October, and, apart
from her appreciations of the poems she selected, she delivered a stirring
speech about the importance of poetry in our lives which was very well
received. Her own books of poetry, as well as other Brimstone Press publications,
were on show at the Festival and Brimstone Press representatives
were available to answer questions about self-publishing and online marketing