Events 2017

Winchester Writers Conference 2017

Saturday 17th June, Winchester University

Christine Hammacott, Carol Westron and Wendy Metcalfe will be speaking at Winchester Writers Conference. As Pentangle Press they will share their experiences of self-publishing. They will discuss what you need to consider and what corners you cannot cut, plus advice of cover design, blurbs and how to take the next step.


Chichester Independent Authors Crime & Thriller Panel - Chichester Festival

Tuesday 20th June 6.30-7.30pm

Hennings, 53 North Street, Chichester, PO19 1NQ. Spoken Word

Welcome to the world of Crime Thrillers. From action thrillers to psychological suspense, join three local authors Michael Parker, Helen Christmas and Christine Hammacott as they discuss research, character development, creating exciting plot-lines and what keeps a reader ‘on the edge of their seat'. This promises to be evening full of intrigue!


Book Launch

Saturday 22nd April 2pm

Blackwells Bookshop,
University of Portsmouth, Cambridge Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

Please join me for the much overdue celebration for The Taste of Ash.

Owing to illness in the family the debut novel never had any kind of book launch. So please come and help me celebrate with a glass of wine and nibbles. All welcome.

FREE (no ticket needed)

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Langstone Technology Park Book Fair

Wednesday 29th March 12 noon -2pm

Langstone Technology Park

Book fair


Portsmouth Bookfest

Saturday 4th March 2pm

Room F, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

Book cover design and creating your author brand with author and graphic designer Christine Hammacott from The Art of Communication

If you are an author or writer considering self-publishing, this workshop will give you essential information on what you need to look at when positioning your book in the marketplace and designing a great cover, as well as lots of useful tips on how to create your author brand with both marketing material and online.

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Events 2016

16th August - Selsey Meet the Author Event

The Selsey Centre
Selsey, West Sussex

Over 30 authors booked


Fr 22nd April World Book Day Portsmouth Library

Guest of The Deadly Dames
Aka Charlie Cochrane, Joan Moules, Eileen Robertson, Nicola Slade and Carol Westron

I am delighted to have been included in The Deadly Dames World Book Day event at Portsmouth Library.

Deadly Dames crime writers

6.30pm: Doors open/refreshments
7pm: Two round crime fiction quiz starts
7.30pm: Deadly Dames panel
8.30pm: Audience questions
9pm: Finish

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Portsmouth Bookfest Event 27 February 2016

logo_bookfestIndie Publishing with Pentangle Press at Portsmouth Bookfest.

Saturday 27th February 2016 11am Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library, Portsmouth.

For further information see the Bookfest website.

Carol Westron, Christine Hammacott and Wendy Metcalfe are Pentangle Press, a local, self-publishing co-operative. Three years ago they decided to combine their skills, in the belief that this would bring more success than publishing individually. In this talk they will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being an Indie author and the doors that have opened for them by having their books out in the world. They will explain why they made certain publishing decisions regarding printing and promoting, paperback or e-book. They will also talk about the separate processes that the author has to go through after the book is written in order to prepare it for publication. These include copy editing, line editing, branding, lay-out, cover design, the back blurb and pricing the book. There are then the fresh challenges of promotion: website, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, book signings, panels and other public appearances; every author has different strengths but it is useful to know the options. There will be opportunities for audience questions and discussion.

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Carol Westron, Wendy Metcalfe and Christine Hammacott with Claire Forsythe organiser of the Portsmouth Bookfest, author Pauline Rowson and other Portsmouth authors.


Previous Events 2015


Tuesday 21st July 7pm 2015
Petersfield Library, Hampshire  
Criminal Tendencies - crime evening with Carol Westron, Christine Hammacott and Wendy Metcalfe

Wednesday 12 August 2015
at Fareham Library 12-3pm

Thursday 13 August
Aurthor reading and book signing event
Fareham Library 2.10

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