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Nottingham BSB UK, 2018 by Mardi Alexander and Laurie Eichler

28 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

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So here we are, another Bold Strokes Book UK Festival over. I was lucky enough to come over for my first ever UK BSB event back in 2015, but 2018 promised to be bigger and better than ever with a huge international cast coming over to the shores of Blighty. I was excited. I was nervous, and maybe even a tad geeked out to be in the presence of so many amazing, inspirational authors. What a ride!

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I have so many flash backs – mental screen grabs of my trip across the waters.

So what does someone travelling from Oz regard as highlights?

The camaraderie – being in a room with more LGBTQ people than I can remember– an enormous BIG thing for this country mouse from rural Australia. THE UK hosts and support crew were outstanding – I cannot thank them enough for all their…

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A Blank Page by Amy Dunne

28 May

My brand new blog. Sharing is caring folks. 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK

As a writer, staring at a bank page can incite a myriad of emotions such as apprehension, excitement, frustration, elation, determination, stress, and hope. It can signify the beginning of something new. A fresh start. Perhaps a new story, characters, and maybe even the opportunity to try experimenting with writing a new genre. But it can also be daunting, especially when a writer’s old familiar foes, self-doubt and fear of failure, take up residence and lurk in the background, adding fuel to the smouldering insecurities that are always simmering away just beneath the calm exterior.

Life, I’ve discovered in recent weeks, works in pretty much the same way. Make big and small decisions or choose not to, both ultimately result in having to deal with consequences. Change can be scary. Change can be positive. It can change your life.

For the past year, I’ve been struggling with poor health and…

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BYOC (Bring Your Own Cape)

28 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK

Eight years. 

That’s how long we’ve been doing the BSB Annual Book Festival in Nottingham. If you’ve ever put on a festival, you know keeping one going for just shy of a decade is a big accomplishment. And it just gets better every year.

Today begins the blog train that leads you straight into festival station on June 3rd-4th. You’re going to get a fabulous batch of words every day from each of the super-duper attending authors; they’re a crazy-talented bunch, and they love talking to readers, so feel free to comment away! Be sure to subscribe to this blog as well, so you don’t miss a super set of words.

Personally, this year feels quite important to me. LGBTQ rights are under attack all over the place. Hard won battles of years past are being swept away with an ignorant flick of the pen. Hate crimes are up…

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