Saturday, December 01, 2007

Blinking Eye Book Launches in Newcastle: this Wednesday 5th December

Blinking Eye Book Launch

Wednesday 5th December, 6pm
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Literary & Philosophical Society

Four new books will be launched by North East publisher Blinking Eye at the Literary & Philosophical Society.

Landscape with a Hundred Bridges is the first collection by Dorothy Yamamoto, winner of the 2007 Blinking Eye poetry competition, whilst Blood line is an anthology of poems from the highly commended and commended entrants.

Adrift is Carolyn Kirk's first collection of short stories. She was the winner of the 2007 Blinking Eye short story competition, the first writing competition she had ever entered. Letters to Freddie Mercury is an anthology of short stories from the commended and shortlisted entrants.

All four books retail at £8 each and are available to buy at special rates at the launch event or from the Blinking Eye website

The competitions, which were judged by the acclaimed poet Don Paterson and the successful novelist and short story writer, Hilary Mantel, were open to writers aged 50 and over and attracted more than 1300 entries.

Dorothy Yamamoto and Carolyn Kirck, together with a number of the commended and shortlisted writers, will be reading their work at the launch event. Local readers include: Louise Hislop, Gordon Hodgeon, Pru Kitching, Lesley Mountain, Chris Powell, Sue Rylance and Fiona Ritchie Walker.

"It is very satisfying to bring new work to the attention of the public," said Jeanne Macdonald, poetry competition organiser and founder of Blinking Eye Publishing. "Both Dorothy and Carolyn are very talented writers, as indeed are all the people featured in our anthologies. I'm delighted so many of them are able to read at the launch event. It is always a very uplifting evening."

There will be a finger buffet and wine. To reserve a place, please call 0191-232 0192. For further information please contact on 01434 600345 or email

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