Triskele Books at Chorleywood
The Triskelites offered ourselves as reference books on all aspects of independent publishing. Attendees could borrow any one of us for a one-to-one chat on whatever subject they wanted to discuss. Chorleywood festival-goers kept us busy. Catriona’s first client was an 80-year-old children’s author, whereas Jill’s was an 11-year-old fantasy adventure writer, who’d done all her own illustrations. We met a sports psychologist, a photographer, two sci-fi imagineers and a host of people who would not consider themselves writers, but were bursting with ideas. So busy engaging with our ‘borrowers’, we were almost late for the next event.
The Rise of the Author Collective
Moderated by Perry Iles, our proof-reader and writerly colleague, we answered questions on the practicalities of operating as a collective. Jane explained how we remain independent while working as a team. Gilly shone some light on how five authors communicate across three countries and two time zones. Liza gave an honest insight into how much work really goes on behind the scenes. The audience had so many intelligent and perceptive questions, we ended up running far over our allotted time.
Three new releases and unusually for Triskele, all in the same genre: historical fiction. But the time periods in question could not be more dissimilar. Liza Perrat’s Wolfsangel takes place in a rural French village under the shadow of WWII Nazi occupation. JD Smith’s Overlord is set in 3rd century Syria and follows the rise of warrior queen Zenobia. Catriona Troth’s Ghost Town explores race, racism and identity against the backdrop of 1980s Coventry.
Celebrations in the pub and an extraordinarily lively Chinese meal rounded off a marvellous weekend in the company of writers, readers and booklovers. Thank you, Chorleywood!