• Continuing the tradition from the summers of 2017 and 2018, Crossing the Tees Book Festival launched its third short story competition and attracted over a hundred spectacular entries from writers nationwide. With no specified theme again this year, everyone’s imaginations were once more freed to create a richly varied collection of thoughtful and downright entertaining stories. This anthology presents the winner, runners-up, and highly commended stories, as judged by Rob Scragg (author), Amy Lord (author) and Carol McIntosh (librarian), as well as the rest of the short-listed entries. Paperback, 238 pages, RRP £10 ISBN 978-1-912218-75-2 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2019
  • In the summer of 2017, the Crossing the Tees Book Festival invited local writers to enter its first short story competition. With the theme, ‘Crossing the Tees’, the competition struck a beautiful chord and elicited almost a hundred entries that varied from whimsical ponderings to poignant memories, from fantastical tales to gritty commentaries on life in Teesside.

    This anthology celebrates the winner, runners-up, and highly commended stories, as judged by Becci Sharrock, John Nicholson and Mark Freeman, as well as the rest of the short-listed entries.

    “Brilliantly written creative reimaginings of a region rich in writing talent.” Tracey Iceton, Writer in Residence

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  • Harvey Duckman presents the first in a series of collected works of suspense and mystery in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and steampunkery by exciting new voices in speculative fiction... Order Harvey Duckman Presents... now in paperback or for Kindle. Paperback, 252 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-54-7 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2019
  • In June 2019, Lisette Auton and Sara Gibbeson took part in the Crossing the Tees Book Festival as Poet-in-Residence and Illustrator-in-Residence. The Festival is in its sixth year and takes place in libraries across the five boroughs which make up the Tees Valley. Over the course of the festival fortnight Lisette and Sara attended events, held workshops and masterclasses, worked in schools and scribbled incessantly. This collection is the culmination of their work together and includes some of the poetry produced by our incredibly talented Tees Valley pupils. The Ink Flows Poetry Collection, as part of Crossing the Tees Book Festival, has been made possible due to generous funding by the five borough library services, Arts Council England and Northern Festival of Illustration. Paperback, 58 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-71-4 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2019
  • Tough industries, warm people and beautiful Yorkshire! All this went into the mix that made me the person I am today. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. In this lovely little book, Marilyn Jordan explores life in all its wonderful facets, with entertaining, witty and strikingly observant verse, each poem illustrated beautifully with its own charisma-filled painting. Paperback, 42 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-15-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, December 2017
  • A wonderful collection of whimsical stories in rhyme, from the funny to the sad, from everyday life and everyday people, to poignant, moving comment on tragedy, love and family. Albert Cross presents an entertaining, thoughtful and often quirky commentary on life and living that will delight in places and make you pause for thought in others. Paperback, 144 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-07-3 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, August 2017
  • Ever wish you could just go somewhere else? In this, his third book, David Smith invites you to visit places near and far, journey back into childhood and reflect on the passage of time. This wildly eclectic collection of poetry sings with melancholy, humour, wistful reflection and evocative insight, provoking a wide range of emotions from page to page. Written in a frugal style that makes for a rare accessibility to inner meaning, this is a thought-provoking and immensely readable collection of poems. Includes the poem, Cameraria Ohridella, shortlisted for the Strokestown International Prize at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, Roscommon, Ireland, 2016. Paperback, 64 pages, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-90-1 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, July 2016