Self Publishing, the first Five Thousand Years

Self Publishing
A Short History, from the Ten Commandments to Kindle E-Books

Why do some people get to speak and others only to listen? Who controls the written word? On Friday 22 February at 2.00 pm, at the Castle Hotel Bishop’s Castle, Bob Fowke will be tracing the history of self-publishing (and publishing) from the Word of God to Kindle E-books, with a sideways swipe at censorship through the ages, the Inquisition, Louis XIV, intellectual snobbery and Rupert Murdoch. From King Enmebaragesi of  Sumeria to Mark Twain via Daniel Defoe, no stone is left unturned – well, quite a lot of them since he’s only got an hour.

 

The Jewel of Barthimia, Athena’s Descendants

The Jewel of Barthimia, Athena’s Descendants

 

Some of us are born slow and some of us are born precocious and there can be no doubt which side of the scale Callum Epsley Clegg was born on. It has been a real pleasure to help him with his first novel The Jewel of Barthimia, a 70,000-word tale of young people and ancient Greek gods. Callum is thirteen years old.

Self-Publishing Liverpool

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YouCaxton are publishers of quality books. We also provide a full range of services to authors wishing to self-publish including, editorial, design, marketing and distribution. We work closely with authors to achieve critical and literary success focusing on good writing and careful research.

 

We are planning to hold a self-publishing workshop in Liverpool later this year (cost £25). Please contact us for further details.

Sport and Literature

Sport and Literature

The fifth YouCaxton Self-Publishing Literary Lecture ‘Writing the Game: Sport in Fiction’ will take place in the YouCaxton shop on 26 February at 6.30 pm. Jeff Hill, Emeritus Professor of History at De Montfort University, takes a particular interest in 19th and 20th century history with an emphasis on social/cultural developments in leisure. (He is currently working on a book on British popular politics and popular culture c.1880-1930s.) His chief interest in fictional literature is in its value as a source to the historian and his approach is that of an historian rather a literary critic.

We are used, nowadays, to sport on television, Jeff Hill asks if it can inspire decent literature – or should it be booted into touch because it’s too frivolous and superficial? And why has sport figured more in American creative writing than in British? Jeff Hill raises these and similar questions with reference to the work of Philip Roth, John Updike, Bernard Malamud, David Storey, Joseph O’Neill and other contemporary novelists – seeing their work as both literature and as historical source material.

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Self-Publishing Manchester

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YouCaxton are publishers of quality books. We also provide a full range of services to authors wishing to self-publish including, editorial, design, marketing and distribution. We work closely with authors to achieve critical and literary success focusing on good writing and careful research.

 

We are planning to hold a self-publishing workshop in Manchester later this year (cost £25). Please contact us for further details.

Christianity and Darwin

Can Christianity survive Darwin?

 

 

 

The fourth YouCaxton lecture is scheduled for Tuesday 8th January, 6.30 pm, at the YouCaxton Shop in Bishop’s Castle. The Reverend Adrian Bailey, a vicar and chaplain of Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital, will be discussing the impact of Darwin’s thought on modern Christian belief.

Adrian Bailey will be considering how Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species in 1859 challenged traditional belief in a perfect Earth created by God a few thousand years ago with Adam and Eve as its flawed human beneficiaries. If Christians accepted Darwin’s theories they were obliged to accept that God’s way of creating life and humanity was the harshest and most painful imaginable. This conflicted with their belief in a good and loving God.

Adrian Bailey will be examining Christian responses to this dilemma including how some Christians have been driven to prefer alternative ‘scientific’ explanations which question current theories in biology, cosmology and geology and attempt to put Adam and Eve back in the frame. He tackles these issues head on. Can Christianity survive Darwin? Yes, he says, but only if you radically re-think it …

Michael Leighton

Sir Michael Leighton’s On the Marches

Sir Michael Leighton’s latest book of poems, On the Marches, produced by YouCaxton and edited by Mike Willmott of Shrewsbury Words (descendent of the great John Wilmot Earl of Rochester and a poet himself ) was launched recently at Loton Park, the family home near the Breidden Hills in West Shropshire. The poems are in the form of a collection of responses to the Shropshire countryside which Sir Michael  loves. The launch was fascinating and YouCaxton were there in full tog, chatting up the handmaids – or possibly the footmen.