• Continuing the tradition started in the summer of 2017, this year’s Crossing the Tees Book Festival launched its second short story competition and once again attracted almost a hundred spectacular entries from local writers. With no specified theme this year, it seemed that everyone’s imaginations were 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 Mike Edwards (writer and performer), Carman Marcus (author) and Carol McIntosh (librarian), as well as the rest of the short-listed entries.   “Amazing to see the festival build on last year’s successes and inspire even more people from our region to write such fantastic stories.” Mark Freeman, Stockton Libraries and former Crossing the Tees competition judge
  • 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

  • In the midst of the Covid-19 global lockdown of 2020, the Crossing the Tees Book Festival Short Story Competition carried on regardless, and gave the writers of the Tees area and beyond a chance to take part in Zoom workshops and work hard to craft their stories.

    With many thanks going to this year’s judges, Peter Barron MBE (journalist and author), Laura Degnan (writer and film maker) and Kay Tranter (librarian), this anthology showcases the winners along with the rest of the brilliant stories that were short-listed from over ninety great entries.

    Serious, poignant, funny, thought-provoking… there is no particular theme but all were written from the heart during the pandemic that stopped the world.

  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of friendship, adventure and determination Having adventures with your best friends is one of the best things in the world. But when Tommy, Mac, Joseph and me saw that dusty old board game through the broken window of a deserted old building, I just knew we shouldn’t have gone in there. And when we set it up and Tommy rolled the dice, I just knew something terrible was going to happen… Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-33-2 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
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    Darkest Fears is the first book in the Thieves’ Guild: Bhenykhn Wars series of fast-paced action adventure sci fi novels. Carrying on the story from Wilful Defiance, Darkest Fears can be read as the fifth book in the Thieves’ Guild series or the first in a new episode of its own. Paperback, 324 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-20-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2018
  • A Family History in Wales and the North East of England Diagonal Ties is a fascinating account of one family’s connections throughout the generations with both the North East of England and the South of Wales. Susan Lewis relates the tale of her search for ancestors with humour, an eye for detail and an intriguing insight into life during the times in which they lived. Starting with rural Welsh life in the 1700s, the story moves through the heart of the industrial revolution and on into the foundries of the North-East. Susan considers with poignancy and compassion how events including a war in South Africa, a riot in Llanelli, a general strike, and two world wars, affected the lives and fortunes of those concerned. The story spans the reigns of nine kings and queens as one person from each generation makes that diagonal journey that will determine whether he or she will live as a Welsh person or a North Easterner. Paperback, 200 pages, RRP £14.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-46-8 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, May 2013
  • Disturbing Bedtime Tales is an anthology that takes the medium of the fairytale and fable to new dimensions of dark and twisted, comedic surrealism. Dark and twisted, comedic surrealism. From the story of Brasnips The Pisswitch who terrorises a village by slashing on it's vegetable yield, to the fable of The Chronic Arsestronaut, the first sexist man in outer space. These fragmented parables will leave you wide eyed and wondering if there really is a God. The Liar The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Angels Of The Garden Shed and Wee Willy Knicker Sniffer are the cautionary tales the Brothers Grimm nearly wrote but thought better of it, and the ideas Hans Christian Andersen dismissed as the onset of madness. Enjoy. And unpleasant dreams.
  • Divers is the true story of Jon May, a dive medic, whose journey started with the Piper Alpha disaster, and took him from the North Sea to the Kuwait War, to Bombay, the South China Sea and Vietnam. It is a story shot through with the drama, gallows humour and suspense of one of the world’s most dangerous professions, carried out by an individual breed of men in some of Earth’s toughest corners. Jon was called upon to help rescue a skipper trapped below deck on a sinking ship, treat a latterday victim of mustard gas and encountered boat people who could have been mistaken for pirates. He learned never to expect any gratitude from a Bombay beggar and, in this book, tells of encounters with angry sea snakes as well as a phantom oilrig. It may sound like the stuff of fiction, but for knife-edged excitement, nothing beats the truth. Paperback, 208 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-908299-78-9 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, September 2015
  • Dollar, a beautiful grey horse, lives on Farmer Grey’s farm together with his friends, Maurice the Magpie, Barbara the Ewe, Mascara the Cow, Sid the Squirrel and of course Sandy the Donkey. The farm is very busy with a yard, a stable and Dollar’s field which is big enough for a good gallop. And best of all, there is a railway track running at the bottom. The trains TOOT as they go past the farm, there is a busy little stream, and all the animals love living there. Why don’t you sit down, get comfy and I’ll tell you all about the adventures Dollar and his friends get up to on Farmer Grey’s farm.
  • MY STORY: Nunthorpe Academy 2018 A story of overcoming fear and making friends Have you ever thought that being at a new school, a new boring school, with no friends at all was just the worst thing ever? Believe me, being left at home, alone, in the dark, when your mom goes off to work a nightshift, and there’s a scary clown banging on the kitchen door to be let out, it’s very easy to think that life can’t get much worse. Can it? Paperback, RRP £6.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-34-9 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, June 2018
  • Practical hints and tips on how to pass the UK driving test from an experienced driving instructor.
  • Ancient Britain. A Roman General falls helplessly in love with a Celtic Princess, triggering tragic events that will echo down the centuries. Regency England. A spoilt aristocrat must find himself a bride before his thirtieth birthday in order to inherit the wealth of his father’s estate. With his childhood sweetheart and lover married to another, he is forced to look amongst the ranks of the Season’s debutantes. Callista Wingrove, feisty and wilful, is not only eminently unsuitable but is also far from the demure milksop for which he was searching. But despite themselves, the young couple are drawn to each other, and as the mists of time begin to lift, Callista finds herself in mortal danger as history threatens to repeat itself. Echoes of the Stones is the second novel by the author of The Blade and The Dove. Praise for Christine King’s debut, award-winning novel: “Gripping and twisting storyline with vibrant and vivid characters…” “Superbly written book with a cracking story line - I couldn't put it down.” Paperback, 402 pages, RRP £9.99 ISBN 978-1-912218-01-1 Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2017

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