Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Book Signing events in Central Manchester & Liverpool 2019

The Manchester Author Event & Gig 2019 is an international book signing event.

We are going to be having the event at the Park Inn Raddison Hotel, in Manchester. The venue is now confirmed for the Saturday the 3rd August 2019, Manchester, UK.

This is an annual event, and this will be the fourth of its kind. Next year will also take place in central Manchester, at the same venue.
A new feature at the Manchester signing this year is the addition of panels, where readers and authors can ask questions of the invited panellists.
There will be 2 rooms this year due to the amazing success last year. Live readings and panels will also take place.

Join the group to learn more

Join us for drinks on the patio in the evening

Tickets for Manchester are £7.50 for a morning or afternoon ticket, and a £15.00 for all day. Come and join us and chat with our authors. Buy a print, or buy a paperback and get it signed too.

You can also pay on the door, on the day.

Tickets can be bought here for Manchester

We will be having a FREE "Meet and Greet" at The Moon Over The Water on Deansgate on the Friday evening prior to the signing. Readers are free to join us and chat with the authors. Dance, laugh and have some fun. Last year was a hoot!

The theme for the evening event at the hotel is "Fairytales". A sit-down meal, followed by a DJ.

The hotel has a spa and a swimming pool. Rooms are available at a discount. Join the group to learn more
They have 20% off parking at the MEN opposite.
This venue is right next to the MEN & also Victoria station. Tons of car parking close by.

Interest forms are still open in the group on Facebook for both 2019 and 2020. Go to the files on the left-hand side for more information 

The charity we are supporting are once again are:

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH)
iMRI Scanner Appeal 

Confirmed authors for 2019:

Bea Stevens / Bella Settarra

Bella Rose / Sara Jayne / Casey Mae

Carrie Whitethorne

DE McCluskey

DM Wolfenden

Erin O'Kane

Gabriel Pearson

Georgia Hamilton

Helen Whapshott

J A Browne

K.A. Knight

K.c. Wells / Kathryn Greenway

Lisa Mackay

Louisa Line

Neil Winnington

Paul Bernardi

Paul Kearns

Paula Acton

Rebecca Robertson

Rudi Jennings

Scarlett Flame

Zak Jane Keir

A few tables still available for authors
or crafters

**Line-up Subject to change due to author's individual circumstance at any time**

Lunch for authors 1 - 2pm

We will also be having a signing in Liverpool
on the 7th September 2019
The Maritime Museum
Royal Albert Dock

Our first event in Liverpool is also going ahead on Saturday the 7th of September 2019, at the Maritime Museum, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Confirmed authors for Liverpool to date 

**Line-up Subject to change due to author's individual circumstance at any time**

Bella Rose / Sara Jayne / Casey Mae

Carrie Whitethorne

Conrad Jones

DE McCluskey

Georgia Hamilton

Ian McKinney

J Bliss

John Lynch

Joshua Sutton

Kyleigh Castronaro

Lisa Mackay

LM Mountford

Manda Mellett

Martin Tracey

Matthew Drzymala

Paul Bernardi

Paula Acton

Scarlett Flame 

Stevie Turner

Zak Jane Keir

The venue for the event is the amazing Merseyside Maritime Museum on the historic Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.

Read more about the charity we are supporting for Liverpool here which is Claire House Children's Hospice.

The weekend of the event also coincides with Pirate Weekend on the dock.

Come and join the group on Facebook to learn more

Tickets are live for both events on Eventbrite 
Links to the tickets are on the right on this blog >>

Saturday, 29 June 2019

The amazing charity we are supporting with our Liverpool Signing on the Royal Albert Dock - Claire House Hospice

Recently I paid a visit to Claire House on the Wirral.

Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life.

This is done by providing specialist nursing care and emotional support they help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

This is their very welcoming entrance to the hospice.

Claire House has a team of trained professionals who are as passionate about what they do as they are talented at doing it. Their staff includes nurses, physiotherapists, play specialists, counsellors and they also have four dedicated doctors who visit the hospice.

Creating magical memories

But Claire House is about far more than just care. It is a place for children to relax and enjoy themselves, whatever their age. They can have fun in the multi-sensory room, art room, hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi. There is a separate wing complete with bar, sound system and Xbox for teenagers and young adults.

Whilst their children are having fun, mums and dads get the chance to enjoy some much-needed time off together or the opportunity to spend time with their other children.

Care when and where you need it

Not all families want to come to the hospice, so their team goes out to visit them in their homes and they put on regular trips for brothers and sisters to ensure they don’t miss out on having fun.

Claire House is also there for parents during the toughest of times. Whether they are spent at home or in the hospice, they ensure a child’s final days are memorable and special. They don’t just help with the practical issues of registering a child’s death and arranging their funeral – they provide dedicated round-the-clock support and specialist counselling.

As one family put it: “The best thing about Claire House is knowing that they are always there. From the minute you meet them for as long as you need them.”

Now I have had quite a bit of experience with children's hospices as before I became an author and an event organiser I worked as a children's nurse and Health Visitor. The children that I cared for often visited the local hospice and were always very excited to do so. They would proudly tell me they were off to the hospice for the weekend and that they would be having fun. This generally could include getting their hair done, nails painted and listening to music with their peers.

This is because they enjoyed their visits there. A hospice is for life and for living. making every moment count and making memories. Memories for parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

The care that children and families receive via either the outreach services or services at the various sites is second to none.

Let me tell you a little more

I spent an entire day visiting the Wirral and was impressed by all that I saw. Everyone wore great big smiley faces. From the staff and families to the children that I met. To be a health professional in these circumstance requires a certain kind of person. The very best kind of person.

When Claire House Children's Hospice opened in December 1998, they were only looking after ten families. Now they support over four hundred! Yet, from research, they are aware, that for every child they reach in their catchment area there is one they do not. Therefore they need help, and funding is the way for us to help them reach more

The history of Claire House

When Claire House Children's Hospice opened in December 1998, as I already said, they were only looking after ten families. Now they support over four hundred!

As the team has grown, they have increased their fundraising activities so that they can look after more children and they now have twenty-five shops throughout Wirral, Merseyside, North Wales and Chester.

Claire's Story

The story of Claire House Children’s Hospice is the story of one special little girl named Claire.

Claire Louise Cain was five years old when she moved with mum Christine, dad Bobby and big sister Tracey from Liverpool to the Wirral in 1985. Life was normal; Claire and Tracey, seven, both settled into their new schools and enjoyed going to Brownies together and in October there was another addition to the family when Jennifer was born.

Two years later, with Christine expecting the Cains’ fourth child, Claire suddenly became seriously ill and was diagnosed as having a malignant tumour behind her nose and eye.

The family’s routine now included regular hospital visits, with Claire refusing to complain despite undergoing months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

A very brave girl

Even when she lost the sight in one eye, her hair and most of her teeth, Claire kept on smiling and laughing and was happy and positive throughout. When Kevin was born in February 1988 Claire was a very proud big sister, enjoying pushing him in his pram and taking her new baby brother to the hospital to show him off to her friends.

Two months later, at Easter, scans showed that Claire’s tumour had grown and despite undergoing a new type of chemotherapy, Claire died in hospital in July 1989, just a couple of weeks before her 10th birthday, with her mum and dad at her side.

Claire’s final hours led directly to the hospice we know today. With Claire in hospital, the whole family could not be together, as they would have wished; taking Claire home would have meant sacrificing the support they received at the hospital.

The start of a big idea

The determination of the Cain’s, and other local families such as Ann and Stephen Robarts and Olwen and Ron Jones, that families of children with serious or terminal illnesses would not face the same impossible decisions led them to set up the first Claire House committee. Their aim was to raise funds to build a much-needed children’s hospice for the Wirral.

Bobby and Tracey started the fundraising with a car boot sale which raised £96, the family topping it up to £100 and opening the first Claire House bank account.
In the years that followed, Claire’s family and friends organised and took part in fundraising events and dealt with many individuals and groups in the local community from the Brownies to large businesses.

The family’s house was filled with merchandise, raffle prizes and anything else that could be used to raise money, and the fundraising team grew to include one paid fundraiser and a clerical worker, who was supported by an expanding team of volunteers inspired by Claire’s story.

A lasting legacy

Ten years after Claire’s diagnosis, and after many years of planning, committee meetings, fundraising events and location hunting, Claire House opened its doors in December 1998, complete with a bronze plaque designed by Tracey, Jennifer and Kevin.

It is a combination of some of the things that made Claire happy and played a part in her life; music, funny hats, the Mersey Ferry (the last record she bought was Ferry Cross the Mersey), a bucket and spade, Mickey Mouse and much more.

A lasting reminder of Claire, it takes pride of place in the entrance at Claire House and reads “made with love for our sister Claire by Tracey, Jennifer and Kevin”.

The last word, though, must go to Christine and Bobby. They say: “This special place gives families a choice, the choice that we never had when our daughter was ill.

“Claire would be very proud to know that her name and her family have spearheaded the campaign that raised the funds to build the first children’s hospice in our area. She was an inspiration to all of us who had the honour of knowing her.”

Back to happenings for Claire House today

After touring the original hospice on the Wirral I travelled across to the newest addition close to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool with one of the fundraising team, Cora. 

The location the newest acquisition for the charity is brilliant as it is only a ten-minute walk from Alder Hey itself. An ideal location. It is also a very beautiful old building set in amazing grounds. 

The setting is a former monastery in Liverpool as you can see from the above video and the photos it will prove to be a great asset. See more video footage from the Liverpool Echo here.

Claire House signed an exclusivity agreement with the Carmelite Order of Nuns – a silent order – who wanted to leave their monastery to a good cause.

Tucked away down a side road that actually runs underneath part of the nearby Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. It opened in 1905 and was at one time home to up to 100 nuns. The final six nuns moved out four years ago. It is still full of fascinating artefacts from its long and secret history, including many religious signs and an ancient printing press which the nuns used to print their hymn sheets.

As Claire House fundraiser Dan Halliday said: “Liverpool is like nowhere else because its people take ownership of things – and this place will belong to them. We want Liverpool people and Liverpool businesses to be a part of what we are doing here now and where we are heading.”

Also hard at work at the new site is Bruce Dodd, head of estates and facilities.

From the majestic rooms and the fabulous artwork, there is no doubt in my mind about the need to support this amazing charity.

We are hoping to have some representatives of the charity with us at our Liverpool signing with merchandise for everyone to buy, in order to further support them.

Join the Facebook group to learn more or show your support by buying tickets for the event on the link on this blog. 

A number of authors still have tickets to giveaway for the event. Join the Facebook group to learn more and meet the authors themselves.

We are still looking for raffle prizes for this event and every prize will bring in more money for our charity.

If you know someone that could donate something. Maybe a footballer or someone of that ilk that could donate a prize please get in touch, thanks. 

Link to Liverpool Event

To learn more about Claire house this is their website

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Half price tickets with the code EasterDiscount 1st - 7th April for Manchester and Liverpool 2019


Tickets for both the Manchester & Liverpool Signings in 2019 are 50% off until the 7th of April

Use the code EasterDiscount at the checkout

Come and join the
to learn more.

Tickets for the evening event in Manchester are now available either through Eventbrite whereby you pay the fee or direct through the group.

The tickets for the evening are £37.50 each and include the hot buffet and a DJ so you can dance like Cinderella until midnight.

The theme for the evening is 
Fairytale in Manchester.
The theme is chosen by the group each year and last year it was Masquerade.

This is the 4th year for Manchester and the 1st for Liverpool but not the last!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Accomodation in Manchester for the Manchester Book Signings 2019/2020

First up the venue where all the action is happening in Manchester in 2019/20 and beyond

Park Inn Manchester

Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre

Cheetham Hill road M4 4EW Manchester United Kingdom + 44 (161) 832 6565

Manchester’s city centre is just a short walk from Manchester’s top attractions and has 252 comfortable rooms and suites. It’s conveniently located across from Manchester Victoria Station and Manchester Arena one of the UK’s largest indoor entertainment venues. You can find parking at the National Car Park (NCP) directly opposite the hotel, it offers a discount for hotel guests.

Enjoy a delicious meal on-site at RBG Bar & Grill before you head out sightseeing. Get you workout in at the Hotel's gym and pool, or unwind with a relaxing treatment at Nu Spa.

Planning a meeting or event? With 7 modern meeting rooms, we have the capacity for large events and the flexibility to accommodate your needs perfectly.
  • Only 19 kilometres from the Manchester International Airport (MAN) 
  • Across the street from Manchester Arena and near Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum
  • 252 rooms and suites with terrific city views and free Wi-Fi
  • Hearty and healthy dining at RBG Bar & Grill
  • Delicious buffet breakfast including hot and cold favourites.
  • Stylish terrace with an overview of the Green Quarter
  • PACE Health Club & Nu Spa with gym, pool, sauna, and steam room
  • 20% discount off published NCP rates at Manchester Arena for residents and meeting delegates (Parking tickets must be validated at reception.)
  • 7 event rooms with a capacity of 220

Travelodge Manchester Central Arena2-star hotel
Great Ducie St, Manchester M3 1PT0871 984 6482

About this hotel 
 Bar Cafe   Chargeable parking nearby   WiFi
With Manchester Victoria Railway Station less than a mile away and a wealth of shopping attractions and facilities on your doorstep, this is the perfect place for a stay in the city. For those looking for an evening’s entertainment it's just a short walk to the Manchester Arena and the Printworks Entertainment Venue. The Palace Theatre and the O2 Apollo Manchester are also just a short trip away. Visit the Arndale Centre for all your shopping needs. For football fans, Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium and rival Manchester City’s stadium are both close, just 4 miles away.

Our new Business Floor Room option guarantees you a room on one of our quieter floors.

The hotel has our fresh new look and features Travelodge’s new room design complete with Dreamer Bed so you can be sure of a great night’s sleep.

Wesite is here

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
4-star hotel
Portland St, Manchester M1 4PH0161 751 1412

Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel

Mid-scale hotel for business trips or leisure
The 4-star Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel sits in a vibrant central location, making travel a breeze. Just nine miles from Manchester Airport and half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly railway station, there's no shortage of transport links to make your stay a convenient one. With the Manchester Arena and other notable landmarks within walking-distance, there's plenty to see and do during your stay. Back at the hotel, guests can choose from 280 chic bedrooms, all offering extras for a special stay.
Guests can enjoy a carefully prepared meal in The Brasserie, which offers panoramic city-views and internationally inspired dishes. The Brasserie is perfect for those looking to unwind before grabbing a cocktail at the bar. The ten fully-equipped meeting rooms can welcome large conference groups and our 800-capacity International Suite makes a grand wedding reception venue. Complete with a dancefloor and bar, this expansive space has all you need and more!
You can find the website here

Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre - Arena

Goadsby Street Off Swan Street , Manchester,  M4 5JY

A stylish hotel in Manchester's buzzing Northern Quarter with inclusive breakfast and free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express® Manchester City Centre - Arena hotel is eight minutes' walk from Manchester Victoria Station, half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly Station and a 25-minute drive from Manchester Airport (MAN). It's a short walk from the independent boutiques, restaurants and clubs of the Northern Quarter, as well as major music and sports events at Manchester Arena.
You can host up to 10 guests in the smart meeting room and catering is available upon request. There's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a computer for guests' use in the Great Room. The Central Business District is on the doorstep and the Manchester Central Convention Complex is less than a mile away.
Football fans are 15 minutes' drive from matches and tours at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium, or the Etihad Stadium of local rivals Manchester City. If you'd rather shop, it's a short stroll to more than 200 high-street stores at Manchester Arndale shopping centre. You can easily walk to the Manchester Art Gallery and the Royal Exchange Theatre too.
Start the day with an inclusive breakfast buffet. Enjoy dinner with a view at the Glasshouse Restaurant in the neighbouring Crowne Plaza hotel, then wind down with a drink in the hotel's chic lounge bar.
Find the website here

Benefit from a central location at our Manchester hotel

Rewards Category 5 · Points needed per night
Find four-star sophistication, gracious service and a perfect, downtown location at Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel. Ideally located right on Deansgate in the heart of the city, we offer travellers to this part of the United Kingdom an excellent vantage point from which to explore Manchester. Settle into our well-appointed accommodation and enjoy features like high-speed Wi-Fi, deluxe bedding and flat-screen televisions. Spend your days visiting nearby points of interest like Old Trafford, Manchester Arena and the shops of Deansgate before unwinding with a craft cocktail and international cuisine at our on-site restaurant, Cast Iron Bar & Grill. Ideal for business travel, our hotel also boasts 17,000 square feet of flexible venue space and is located just a short trip away from both Victoria and Piccadilly Stations. Whatever brings you to here, we look forward to hosting a relaxing and successful visit at Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel.

You find the website here

The Midland
12% off
4-star hotel
16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS0161 236 3333

Experience a hotel where every stay is extraordinary.

First opened in 1903, The Midland Hotel has been delighting guests from the very beginning.

Originally built to serve rail travellers from London, our stunning building and ballroom charmed visitors day in and day out, and while our appearance has changed over the years, our outstanding service remains the very same.

Today the GradeII listed, 4-star hotel is one of Manchester's most-loved icons, located just minutes from Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations.

Over the years we’ve hosted everyone from rock stars and politicians to royalty, and our history has taught us one simple thing: every guest is unique, and so their stay must be too. It’s this belief that drives our team to make your stay perfect.


From our 312 sumptuous bedrooms to our award-winning food and drink, idyllic spa and impressive event spaces, every part of The Midland experience transcends the ordinary.

Whether it’s business or pleasure, stop by for an unforgettable visit. We can’t wait to welcome you.

You can find their website here

There are many more hotels close to the event location.
Take a look here for more details