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          BOOK LAUNCH - Before the Gulf by John Lake

                  A new suspense thriller from Armley Press

Tue 20 Sept, 7pm at Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BL.

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:

The Red Shed, 18 Vicarage St, WF1 1QX

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.

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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:…/talking-to-stan-barsto…

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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.

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Northern Short Story Festival

Sat 2-Sun 3 June

Carriageworks Theatre

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 Art Studios
55 Westgate
Wakefield, WF1 1BW

Armley Press author and editor John Lake will be in the chair reading one of his stories at this FREE EVENT.

Book Launch

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!


Book Launch
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
Blackburne House Bistro
Blackburne Place
L8 7PE
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
Hyde Park Book Club café-bar,
27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL


Amy and the Fox by John Lake
His first book since the Leeds 6 Trilogy. The ‘West Riding iconoclast’ turns his focus on Southern mores in a London-set novel of loss, love, sex, betrayal and talking animals.
Book Launch Event
Fogbow and Glory by K.D.Thomas
An event will be held at
The Diglis House Hotel in Worcester from 6pm till 8pm.  
All are welcome.
Friday 11th March, 7.30pm.
Mark Connors will be launching his new novel Stickleback at
The Chemic Tarvern, 8 Johnston Street, Leeds.
An angry, funny and moving novel. Connors is the P.G. Wodehouse of the working class, every sentence an elegant expression of comic vulgarity.
From established to local authors, the festival continues to a second year of success and includes creative writing and poetry workshops, author’s talks, readings and live performances.
Established in 2015, this festival is for everyone who enjoys the power of words and storytelling in the local area and region. We look forward to welcoming everyone who came in 2015 and newcomers in 2016.
For event information and to book tickets, visit:
The Leeds Big Bookend are celebrating World Book Night 2016 with a special event at Inkwell Arts.
Come along, pick up a free book or two from our World Book Night selection. There will be a book sale for you to browse and buy from. You can take part in some fun workshops and hear spoken word and poetry from some of our local writers and poets.
It will be a fun evening, with delicious food from the PWYF vegetarian buffet, celebrating all things book related!
A FREE Celebration of WordSmitherty in All its Forms! 

Featuring top performance poets Michelle Scally-Clarke, D3 and Matt Abbott Poet, plus Q&A with Leeds Writers John Lake, Mick Mc Cann and Mark Connors.

Live music from Biscuit Head Dean Murray //
Spoken Word Open Mic //
Pay What You Feel #PAYF Bistro //
Novel Writing Software //
Feedback Theatre //
How to be a Music Critic //
and plenty more!
The Square Ball: First Twenty Years of the Leeds United Fanzine.
Released this Friday, the book isn't published by Armley Press but was put together by, our AP team member, Ian Dobson who has supported us with practical help since the very beginnings and still does. The book may even contain some of our beautiful leader's (Mick McCann) first  published writing.
Book Launch of
The World is (Not) a Cold Dead Place
By Nathan O'Hagan
Is this the only book in the world to use parentheses in its title? If so, it's not the only way in which this is a unique novel. Find out more at its launch in Liverpool, if you dare.
John Lake reads some of his short stories at Jackanory, Mocca Moocho Cafe in Wakefield and is honoured to join the list of authors who have read at this event. Jackanory is helping to put West Yorkshire on the literary map. Nice one.
Chris Nickson will be discussing and reading from Leeds, The Biography: A History of Leeds in Short Stories (Armley Press, July 2015) a collection of tales telling the story of Leeds, beginning in 363 AD in Chapel Allerton and finishing in 1963 with The Beatles at the Queen's Hall.
It will take in many facets of Leeds history, one or two more familiar like the creation of Briggate in 1207 but many that peek into the shadows of ordinary people like 'Little Alice Musgrave' who was the first person to die of the plague in 1645. 
There will be a special guest appearance from Sam Priestley, Armley Press’ second new author, to discuss her latest novel Reliability Of Rope.
Ray Brown
In All Beginnings
Launch Event 20th May '15
Armley Press is proud to announce our first new book of 2015, Ray Brown's In All Beginnings. We then plan at least one a month until the end of the year, so keep y're eyes peeled.
A launch event for In All Beginnings will be held at 7 Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds on Wednesday 20th May, so come along and have some fun.
Book Launch: 
Samantha Priestley - Reliability of Rope
Thur 11th June, 7.30pm
A book launch event will be held at The Three Tuns, 39 Silver Street Head, Sheffield S1 2DD. It will include dramatised readings from her new novel, Q&A session with the author, beer and general conviviality.
Broadcaster and playwrite,Ray Brown discusses and reads from In All Beginnings, his 'novel of protest and passion' at the Between The Lines, Free Litfest Event at New Headingley Club on Sunday 28th June, 7.30pm.
Mick McCann reading
at the opening of Simeon Barclay's 
Man's Not Ready28th May 6:30pm 
Mick will be reading from Coming Out As A Bowie Fan In Leeds, Yorkshire, England to open Simeon Barclay's visual arts exhibition, Man's Not Ready.
Simeon said he invited Mick because, 'I was really trying to get my head around the labels northerner and Yorkshireman. I tried to figure out what they might mean to me. Being black, whatever that means, I have lived my life under assumed notions of what that identity might entail.
The show deals with some of the elements within Coming Out, including alienation, gender as performance, modes of masculinity, constructions of the heroic, transformation, posture, identities, the definition of the subjective self….. amongst other things.'
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