NEWS & EVENTS
BOOK LAUNCH - Before the Gulf by John Lake
A new suspense thriller from Armley Press
John Lake (author of the Leeds 6 Trilogy) will introduce the novel, read some extracts and sign copies. A free event at which books can be bought for good old-fashioned cash. There is a bar.
The narrator of Before the Gulf is a man with a burried past, left behind in faraway England. Working on a tourist island in the tropics, he meets Laura, a speaker at a climate conference. Or is she? Something about her story doesn't add up. Trouble is, the more he digs into her background, the more he's also forced to dig up his own. And that's the last thing he wants to do. Meanwhile, he's got a tough-love landlady and a corrupt cop lurking in the background just waiting for his cosy life to fall apart.
A book launch will be held on Tuesday 26th April, 7pm - 9pm for Michael Yates's new novel Dying is the Last Thing You Ever Want to Do.
This event will be at:
Wakefield author Michael says: It's a thriller set in Yorkshire during the second world war. It's also a rites-of-passage novel about a miner's daughter who falls for a handsome crook and gets involved in organised crime.
"I wanted to write about a time when the world was topsy-turvy and frightening, when murder was still punishable by death, but patriotic Britons won medals by killing Germans."
Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan says of the book: "Michael writes with an ear for the everyday magic of speech, and an eye for the telling image that will nudge a story along."
And novelist Jim Crace, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, says: This Home Front thriller, in which several plucky women take on the shady side of Yorkshire during World War Two, is gripping, intelligent and authentic."
In 2021 Michael was Poet in Residence in Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals - including Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury - producing a series of poems about the fight against Covid.
Admission to the launch, where there will be readings from the book, is free. For those who wish to buy a copy, the price is £8.99. All are welcome. The Red Shed has a licensed bar selling some of the best (and cheapest) beer in Wakefield.
We will be launching the fabulous 'Sex & Death' by Ivor Tymchak
on Friday 11th October, 7pm, at Rickaro Books in Horbury. Why not come along if you're in the area?... Or like travelling.
Read about it (and the influence of Stan Barstow) here:
Thurso by P. James Callaghan
Armley Press’s new novel by this talented Wakefield writer will be launched Friday 5th April, 7pm, at The Red Shed, aka Wakefield Labour Club, 18 Vicarage Street South, WF1 1QX.
Come along if you can for readings and music. FREE EVENT.
Northern Short Story Festival
Sat 2-Sun 3 June
The Electric Press
3 Millennium Square
Leeds LS2 3AD
Come visit our Armley Press stall at the Northern Short Story Festival on Saturday 2 June, where Michael Yates will be signing copies of his brilliant collection 20 Stories High.
Saturday 19 May, 2pm
Wakefield, WF1 1BW
Armley Press author and editor John Lake will be in the chair reading one of his stories at this FREE EVENT.
Tom Tit and the Maniacs by Mark Connors
Sunday 3rd June, 2pm
The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston St, LS6 2AG
Come and help Mark Connors celebrate the launch of his new novel Tom Tit and the Maniacs. Mark will be doing a stand-up to the high standard expected from the WORDCLUB master of ceremonies, and there will be guests!
20 Stories High by Michael Yates
Thursday 22 February, 7pm, in the Yard Bar, Henry Boons,
130 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR. Please join us if you can.
“A rich and rewarding assortment of treats! These immensely satisfying stories are stylish, spirited, wise, playful and entirely compelling” Jim Crace
Book launch: A Bad Winter by Samantha Priestley
Thursday 21 September 2017
Come to the Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS, to meet the author promoting her new novel, a ghostly tale set among the wintry hills of Derbyshire. Starts 7:30pm.
Launch of Out of the City by Nathan O’Hagan
Sat 18th February, 7:30 pm
The new novel from the author of The World is (Not) a Cold Dead Place will support and extend his reputation as an edgy new voice for our times.
“An Evening with Armley Press”
A FREE fringe event at the Ilkley Literature Festival
Mon 10 Oct, 2016, 9pm at Ilkley Playhouse
Join authors John Lake, Mick McCann and Mark Connors for a taste of exceptional writing from this local punk publisher, proud to give voice to great Northern writers who were ignored by London publishers for too long.
From 7 pm, Fri 11 Dec 2015
27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL