Events 2018

Monday 16th June, Littlehampton Arts Festival Events

Monday July 16th 7.00pm. Littlehampton Baptist Church Hall, Fitzalan Rd.


Crime Thriller Panel

A Contemporary Crime thriller panel with authors Helen Christmas and Michael Parker of Chindi

Welcome to the world of Crime writing, where the mystique is brushed aside and we open the door to becoming a self-published author. From action thrillers to psychological suspense, we unravel the secrets of getting fiction into print with tips on research, character development, plot structure and cover design. Tickets £5 – Disabled Access.

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Saturday 2 June 10.15am-5pm Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

Mystery People Crime Day - postponed from March

A Contemporary Crime panel with authors Linda Regan (Participating Moderator,) Angela Arney, Christine Hammacott, Linda Regan, Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler and Carol Westron. This panel will discuss Why Crime? Crime is one of the most popular fiction genres. Why do so many writers enjoy writing crime and why do so many people enjoy reading it?

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th February, The Swan Building, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Publishing Weekend

This event will be useful to anyone looking to research and edit their writing, publish their work and build their author brand. Whether you are thinking of self-publishing or going down the traditional route, understanding the process is essential. Our range of experienced experts will be sharing their wealth of knowledge on all aspects of the publishing journey and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Saturday: Working towards Publication: The focus on Saturday is working towards getting ready for publication with talks and practical workshops on researching, editing and pitching your ideas to publishers.

Sunday: Publication and being a published author: On Sunday we focus on the publishing process and how to build your author brand through book cover design, book reviews and the use of social media.

As part of the Sunday programme Christine will be talking about  Judging a book by its cover –a book as a product 

In traditional publishing producing a book is all about creating a saleable product. Whether you are aiming to be traditionally published or are self-publishing the marketing and selling process starts with the cover. This workshop is designed to give an understanding of book cover design and formatting, and why getting to grips with genre is so important by publication stage. It will also cover positioning your book in the marketplace, and the all important considerations when producing your ‘product’.

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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