Dorchester Book Launch

The Joy of Knowing Pete by Hazel Morgan, Published by YouCaxton Publications, will be launched  on Wednesday 13 July 2022 6.00pm-7.30pm at the Hendover Café, 11 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester.

Hazel gives a moving but uplifting account of how Pete, despite Down’s syndrome and profound and multiple learning disabilities, gave and received love throughout his relatively short life. Hazel subsequently became a Co-Director of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, then part of the Mental Health Foundation, overseeing research and projects and now in retirement she is a trustee of People First Dorset.

Miss Jane
Joanne McShane

Published: Sept 2020
Paperback: 240 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9-781913-425456
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Miss Jane
The Life and Times of Jane Rashleigh

Jane Rashleigh lives a privileged existence as the daughter of the wealthy Jonathan Rashleigh. Wanting for nothing, she becomes the inseparable companion of her older brother Philip. They spend their days singing and dancing and entertaining their mother in her rooms. Jane expects nothing more from life than that one day she will marry and leave Menabilly for a new home with her husband.
When handsome, charming Ralph Willington appears in her life she falls hopelessly in love and cherishes the dream that he is the one who will carry her off to a life of wedded bliss. Her hopes are dashed in a way she does not at first understand but eventually accepts, opting instead to enjoy a life of cultural pleasures.
Jane’s story is divided between her home in rural Cornwall and the opera houses and salons of London during a period of musical and literary opulence.
When tragedy strikes and her world crumbles around her, she must find an inner strength to cope with what lies ahead
Joanne spent her childhood on a sheep and cattle farm in Tasmania, Australia. After marrying and raising a family in Tasmania she moved to Wales in 2003 and still lives there, close to the Herefordshire border. Always a keen historian, she became fascinated by her own family history and by the lives of her ancestors - some of whom she discovered to be very colourful indeed.
This led her to begin writing. Honora and Arthur - The Last Plantagenets is her first published book.
In her own words 'I am the end product of a melting pot ranging from convicts to Royalty. There are so many stories waiting to be told. I just hope I live long enough to do it.'

Books by Joanne McShane...

Honora and Arthur - the Last Plantagenets

Mistress Whiddon


Adela Basset


Broadway book launch

Reparation, entwined Victorian lives and Cotswold gypsies, by Gail Fulton, was launched at Trinity Modern Galleries on Broadway High Street on Saturday 14 May to great acclaim.

Published by YouCaxton, this beautifully crafted novel tells the story of a fleeting love affair and of mistaken identity – and the tragic repercussions of jealousy.




Writing, Walking and Publishing

YouCaxton Publications is branching out. Later this year, we will be collaborating with Writer’s Lodge on a series of retreats for writers wishing to self-publish. Courses will cover a mixture of creative writing, non-fiction writing, editing and publishing skills.

The courses will be held in Bishop’s Castle in the beautiful south-Shropshire hills where Writer’s Lodge has superb accommodation and studio space. Along with the courses there will be plenty of time to explore the area and to try out the many delights of the region.





What Did the Canaanites ever Do for Us?

Were the Canaanites just an obscure group whose main claim to fame was that they were around when the early Jews invaded Palestine, a defeated people forced into a long retreat in the face of militant Jewish monotheism?

Those who wrote the Old Testament wanted you to think so.

Bob Fowke will attempt to set the record straight in a talk for the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival, 2.00 pm Saturday 26 February, in the Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire. He will be looking at pre-Jewish Canaanite culture and the origins of Jewish identity within it, the foundation of Carthage and how the Canaanites gave us the phonetic alphabet, Judaism itself and much more.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival

We’re hosting a workshop on self-publishing at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, Friday 4 February, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm, all welcome.

The workshop will cover all aspects of publishing:

1. What kind of book? Thinking about the reader.
2. Editing and why it matters.
3. Preparing the manuscript and thinking about the niche.
4. Design, layout and print-ready files.
5. Printing, publication and ISBNs.
6. Distribution through Amazon, online sales, and
7. eBooks.



A series of still life photographs using a technique known as Painting With Light.
Paul Knight

Paul Knight

My first passion as a teenager was photographing the parks of central London at dusk when most people had left for the day.
I then discovered the Lake District through a friend and together we toured the Lakes with our 5x4 and medium format cameras; this quickly became the course I would follow.
After living in Windermere over a period of two years I found my new direction in the Ancient sites of this country, and Egypt as well as producing pictures for album and book covers. However, when I was asked to submit some images to illustrate an album of Schumann’s Dichterliebe, I read the poems from Lyrisches Intermezzo and I realised that landscapes were not going to represent how I felt about the piece.
Published:December 2020
Hardback:110 pages
Size:265 x 265 mm

£25.00 (+ £3.50 postage)
Number of copies:

I decided to move away from landscape photography and instead create a collection that captured the essence of nature and the spirit of mystery. This requires control of every element within the image, creating new dynamics and relationships of the usually familiar.
This series of still life photographs use a technique known as Painting With Light.
It involves long camera exposures and a moving light source to create a soft painterly quality which is reminiscent of the paintings from the Dutch Golden Age of Art and can be seen in still life studies, landscapes and portraiture of that period.
As someone who ordinarily, never purchases photography books, the cover image drew me in. It is a captivating collection of art work, be it in the form of photographs. It is hard to believe, such is the skill of the photographer, that these are in fact, photographs. It is a truly beautiful book. Noticing something new each time you visit it, it is a book you could come back to time and time again, and never tire of.

An ideal purchase for any keen photographer, or gift for any lover of art.

Julie Taylor

Presumed Dead
James Holder

Bored with his job, with no real prospects and barely a penny to his name, the last thing Wally Mortimer needed was a letter from a solicitor delivered to his home one Saturday morning. But instead of a letter threatening legal action for one of his many unpaid bills, things are about to change for Wally - the letter tells him that he has inherited the estate of George Hart, a wealthy benefactor unknown to him.
Assured that the letter is genuine, he turns to his family to see if they can tell him anything about his benefactor. But the only lead they can give him is one from his grandmother whose fading memory remembers a George Hart who died more than 60 years ago.
So, who is George Hart, Wally’s benefactor? Is it just a coincidence that his grandmother once knew someone with the same name? If not, who is he and why did he leave his estate to Wally? Wally’s attempts to find an answer lead literally to a dead end. It is not until he finds a notebook at the chateau he has inherited that he discovers who George Hart was and uncovers secrets about his family unknown to them, secrets never meant to be discovered.
Published: September 2021
Hardback: 212 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 97819144424076
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James Holder was born in Somerset and, after reading law at Cambridge University, practised as a solicitor; he now works as a consultant.
He and his wife have four children and two grandchildren and live in Oxfordshire.
Also by James Holder...
The Great War’s Sporting Casualties