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The kids already know about giants, unicorns, mermaids and dragons, but …

We all know some people are a whole lot more keen to tell their stories than others. All those big hairy mythical creatures – and even some watery ones – were eager to get into the pages of the story books…

The faun, in his woodland scene, surrounded by vines, eagerly tells his story

…but one little creature was better at listening than telling, and whilst you may not have heard of him, you have *certainly* heard of all the stories *he* knows about…

The froggicorn hides in his pool, until the ancient teller of stories comes and finds him

Here is your chance to find out about a not so well known story. Click here to unlock the secret story…

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Stocking Fillers for Adults

[My apologies to those reading this because you’re looking for the short story anthologies. This is because I put an incorrect link in today’s newsletter. You probably want to be here. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cheap Christmas comedy book, you’re in the right place, Read on….]

Let’s go back to the dawn of Earlyworks Press time for today’s ‘Christmas books’ blog.

Back then, the press was very much Hastings-based, and the heart and soul of the membership was our Terry Sorby. ‘Porkies’ was very much his plan. A page-turning collection of sizzling jokes, rhymes and mini-stories, it’s just perfect for Christmas Day. With this book in hand, you can out-shine the cracker-jokes with real prawn crackers.

Porkies: Pigtales of the Unexpected

Once upon a dinner time

Whilst the chicken sang cantatas

Two sausages got married

And invented chipolatas

Including ‘Antibiotics and Whiskey’, a cautionary tale by C R Krishnan about how not to spend Christmas, comic verse by Victoria Seymour, dedicated to her hair dresser and, exclusively, David Dennis’s translations of never-before understood cave-paintings…

… and of course, lots and lots of porkies, illustrated by Kath Keep and Katy Jones.

This little piggy went to market

This little piggy stayed at home

This little piggy had bread and jam

This little piggy had none

And this little piggy read up on shopaholics, agoraphobia, obesity and farming subsidies

Also by Terry Sorby – a few copies of his collections, ‘Beyond the Greyscale’ and ‘Roadie & Co’ remain, and like ‘Porkies’, are a fiver each, delivery free to those in or near Hastings, UK, birthplace of Earlyworks Press.

There was a young poet from Oldham

Who orated out loud as he told ’em

Quoting verse and prose

From the hole beneath his nose

He whipped out his books and he sold ’em.

Beyond the Greyscale and Roadie and Co by Terry Sorby

Please contact me to order any of these stocking fillers for a fiver each.

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The Key to the World Beyond The Gate

There couldn’t possibly be another Timothy’s Gate novel, could there? I mean, in the first book, Timothy found the magical world of Challenrah behind a mysterious gate in the garden of the Grey Lady pub, near where he used to live – but now, he’s moved right across the world and will never see the Grey Lady’s garden again.

Timothy's Gate book cover
Timothy’s Gate – the first adventure

He’s having interesting times in his new home of Oceania, California. He’s made friends with a girl called Angela, and they’re working on a conservation project. It’s a good life – except that a girl called Madison wants to join in, and Tim’s not too sure about that. And he keeps having these dreams, where the grass is dying, and everything’s going wrong, in that once-upon-a-time magical land he used to know.

And then, on a walk along the Californian seashore with his dog, Jasper, he sees a gate that does not seem to go anywhere. Challenrah needs him again.

Book Two – The World Beyond The Gate

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The cover illustrations in both books are the work of Katy Jones, co-creator of the fabulous Froggicorn.