Today With Firefly Press


We’ve met all twenty-seven authors who will be at the Tenby Book Fair,, the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival 

There are many genres and many books to browse over. And twenty-seven authors to chat to about their writing. The winners of the three writing competitions will be announced on the day and the prizes given.

 And just a word of thanks here to the three publisher who will be donating the prizes:  A collection of  their books for the Children’s competition.   Cambria Publishing Co-operative  is sponsoring the YA Flash Fiction prizes and  also a collection of their books for the Adult Short Story Competition 

And I’ll be sharing a post from the brilliant Who always video and share our Tenby Book Fair.

Please feel free to check out all our authors and their great books. 

Rebecca Bryn:, Thorne Moore:  Matt Johnson: , Christoph Fischer: , Sally Spedding:, Wendy Steele: ,Kathy MIles: , Graham Watkins: , Carol Lovekin:, Colin R Parsons: , Lisa Shambrook:  ,Alex Martin: ,  Judith Arnopp: , Sharon Tregenza:    Juliet Greenwood: , Nigel Williams: , Julie McGowan: , John Nicholl:  ,Tony Riches:  ,Wendy White:  ,Angela Fish:  David Thorpe: , Eloise William: , Phil Carradice: , Jo Haammond:  and Sharon Jones: .And thanks to Thorne Moore for interviewing me: 

As promised I’m now showcasing the three publishers who will be with us. They’ll be happy to chat with anyone during the book fair and each will be giving short talks to prospective/ future/ authors and anyone interested in the process of getting published. The room they’ll be in is only small so it will be on a first come first served, I’m afraid. If you want to book a ‘free’ place please contact me: Thanks.

We’ve already had an introduction to the publishers:Gwasg Honno/Honno Press:

Today I introduce Firefly Press:


Firefly Press is an independent children’s and young adult publisher based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth. Editors Penny Thomas and Janet Thomas started the press in 2013 and brought out the first books in 2014.  Firefly Press publishes great stories for readers from 5 to 19 years old. Successes include Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare winning the Branford Boase Award 2016, Dottie Blanket and the Hilltop by Wendy Meddour shortlisted for the Tir na n’Og 2015, Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs being selected for the Independent’s ‘Best Summer Reads’ by two different people, and many others.
Janet Thomas, Firefly Editor, who will be at the Tenby festival, said, ‘It’s been a joy to be part of Firefly’s first three years. We look to find great stories — we love to publish great books set in Wales, but we’re equally excited to find stories set in other places (or other planets!). We’re very grateful for the support and advice we’ve had from the Welsh Books Council. We’re a small press and publish fewer than 10 books a year, so we select each book we do with great care and love, and I’m tremendously grateful to all our authors for trusting us with their wonderful stories. Firefly came alive for me the first time I saw children reading our books at our first live event — that was magical.’
Find Firefly Press here:



Gwasg Honno/Honno Press is an independent women’s press based in Aberystwyth. Honno is currently celebrating its thirtieth year, making it the longest standing independent women’s press in the UK. Honno was founded around a kitchen table with the aim of bringing forgotten women’s writing from Wales back into print. Welsh language publishing in Wales has always been a strength, but often Welsh women’s writing, particularly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was often in English and fell out of print. To raise funds shares in a non-profit mutual and provident society were issued and Honno Press began to publish in earnest. In subsequent years, Arts Council and then government funding through the Welsh Books Council allowed Honno to publish contemporary fiction alongside the Welsh Women’s Classics. Today the press issues seven to ten new titles a year, including Welsh and English language classics. Honno titles have had mainstream success in the bestseller lists and elsewhere – Thorne Moore’s A Time for Silence top ten ebook in the Bookseller – Lindsay Ashford’s The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen adapted for radio and television – Kitty Sewell’s The Icetrap sold in the US and translated in to 7+ foreign languages and shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, winning the reader’s award… just to name a few accolades.

Caroline Oakley, Honno’s publisher who will be appearing at the Tenby Bookfair said: ‘Honno’s continued success in a cut throat business testifies to the strength and breadth of women’s writing in Wales and the support from readers in and beyond Wales. Honno operates an open commissioning policy and is happy to mentor women from their first attempts at writing to bestsellerdom. There’s nothing more satisfying than working on writing, marketing and publishing with an author who will bring pleasure to readers everywhere.

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