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Wolves & Apples 2018 programme out now.

The full Wolves & Apples 2018 programme is now available to download, with information on guests, talks, panels and workshops aimed at aspiring writers for children and young adults.

Wolves & Apples 2018
Saturday 29th September
St Martin’s House Conference Centre, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ.

Book tickets here.

Download the full Wolves & Apples programme.

Or download the programme outline (2 A4 pages).


Birmingham Literary Festival

Mantle Lane Press is running an event at the Birmingham Literary Festival.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Door. Saturday 28th April. 12:30-1:30.

More information and booking details on the festival site here.

The event will be a launch of three new books: Always Another Twist by Sarah Leavesley, The Music Maker by Liz Kershaw, and our anthology of weird sea stories It Came from Beneath the Waves. It will also celebrate our previous publications including the anthology Mrs Rochester’s Attic.

There will be readings from:
Jennifer McClean
Liz Kershaw
Nick Fogg
Sarah Leavesley
Sue Barsby
Tim Franks
Valentine Williams



Always Another Twist

Our latest small book, Sarah Leavesley’s novella, Always Another Twist, will be available from 30th April 2018.

Listen to Sarah reading from the book here:


Always Another Twist is a companion story to Kaleidoscope, also published by Mantle Lane Press. It tells the story of Julie, sister of Claire from the earlier book, and her problems with work and her own pregnancy. How can she tell Claire, who is receiving psychiatric treatment after her own loss and heartbreak?


Mantle Arts

Mantle Arts is an arts organisation based in Coalville, Leicestershire.

Red Lighthouse is Mantle’s programme of writing and literature projects, which includes participatory activity with schools, libraries and local communities, plus support and development for new and established Midlands-based writers.

Mantle Lane Press is our publishing arm which specialises in fiction and factual historical books, usually with a Midlands connection.

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Wolves and Apples 2016 programme launched.

Wolves & Apples is a conference for aspiring writers producing work for children and young adults. It’s a chance to take part in workshops and attend talks and discussions by professional authors, publishers and agents from the children’s book industry.

The full Wolves and Apples 2016 programme is now available. See details here:
Wolves and Apples Programme and Timetable.

October 15th. College Court Conference Centre, Leicester.

Or buy your ticket here: Wolves and Apples Tickets



‘What Haunts the Heart’ event at Birmingham Literary Festival

Our anthology, What Haunts the Heart is featured in the programme of the 2016 Birmingham Literary Festival. The event takes place on October 9th at 2pm in Waterstones, High Street Birmingham.

Many of the writers featured in the book will be present at the event to read their work, including William Gallagher, Liz Kershaw and Fiona Joseph.

More information and booking details here:


And in other news…

We’re delighted to be working with Rob Gee as our Writer in Residence in the villages of Castle Donnington and Moira. Rob’s workshops for our schools’ writing project Act Out… Write Up, were a great hit with the kids, who enjoyed seeing their work directed and performed by professionals at Curve Theatre. Rob is currently touring Canada with Icarus. As if that isn’t enough, we’re publishing more copies of his book Forget Me Not, due to high sales after his tour of the show earlier this year. At the heart of Forget Me Not is a detective whose tool of the trade – his mind – is failing him, making the most important case of his life something of a challenge to solve. By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, this is a one-man comedy poetry theatre show that has a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia. So much so that, since seeing the show, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have recruited Rob to work with healthcare staff, using Forget Me Not as a training aid in the areas of compassion and whistleblowing. Buy your copy here

BOOK NOW: Wolves & Apples is back on October 15, 2016
Liz Flanagan will be running a session on how to kickstart your book if you have a great idea but aren’t quite sure how to get going. Throughout the day there will be exercises designed to generate exciting ideas and characters, and help you structure your story. Whether you are writing for teenagers or younger children, a detailed planner or like to wing it, this session will equip you with the tools you need to make a start.

We are delighted to add Elys Dolan to our list of guests at this years Wolves & Apples, a day offering lots of tips, advice and guidance for anyone writing for children and young people. Click here to book your place.

How can authors can promote their books online, a question that has loomed large ever since online self-publishing started to take off. Anyone can get their book out there – but without the backing and budget of a publishing house, how can they market it effectively?

OPPORTUNITY: Call out for performers and aspiring radio techies. No previous experience required!
Working with BBC director Martin Berry we’re producing an audio dramatisation of William Wordworth’s life in North West Leicestershire. He wrote a number of poems at Coleorton and, with his sister Dorothy, created the Winter Garden. The contrast between his poetry, his love of beauty and the reality of working life in the area – which was dirty and dangerous – make this a fascinating chapter of history, highlighting aspects of class