Remember, remember, our next meeting is...

...on the 5th of November, usual time and place (6pm at St. Sidwell's Centre, Exeter). This will be a regular reading session. If you are an author and would like to benefit from interacting with a group of likewise minds with whom to share your work, exchange feedback and have some fun, you're welcome to join us.

After the success of the activities programmed last semester, we keep proposing interesting stuff with which to spice up our usual reading/feedback sessions. We are now introducing regular book reviews by our members, which we will be sharing here too. Keep an eye on this space, because the first one will be published soon.

Also please have a look at the book John E. Clarke, one of our members, has just published, The Ancestral Warrior. More information here.

We'll close down today with a note for an event: Free Theatre-Makers/scriptwriting workshops are taking place at the old sweet shop near Oxfam, South Street Exeter. Next one will be on Sunday 1st November at 5.30pm. If you're into writing plays, check it out!

The Ancestral Warrior

We are thrilled to introduce the latest work of an esteemed member of our group:

The Ancestral Warrior, by John E. Clarke.

The Ancestral Warrior, cover
In this innovative fantasy adventure we encounter a mysterious talking bear and a small diverse group of humans crossing a continent to rescue a distant city state from the grasp of a tyrant; but their return home is put in jeopardy by one of the defeated enemy's vengeful creatures. 'The Ancestral Warrior' is a unique combination of fantasy, action, mystery and adventure; a quest set in a parallel universe.

The eastern city state of Karwaat is ruled by a tyrannical usurper, a renegade priest who has heightened his hypnotic skills through paranormal means. A Karwaatian academic, who dabbles in the occult, sends a captive djinn called Abu Dib to faraway Norland. This academic has read a legend about a warrior bear who once lived there and defeated a similar usurper. He believes that such a bear may still exist. He instructs the djinn to find and bring that bear to Karwaat.

Having reached Norland, Abu Dib meets a young sheep farmer called Jo and, through her, a bear called Boris who works as a farmhand and is no warrior. Nevertheless, with the help of an exiled prince and his counsellor, they muster a team of five comrades to escort Boris to Karwaar. Helped by allies the comrades cross nine countries, encountering difficulties along the way until at last Boris can confront the usurper. But much more is to follow if the quest is to be brought to a successful conclusion.

The magical aspects of the story are firmly grounded in a precise realism. The ecological and geopolitical traditions, religions and technologies found in the different countries are described in sufficient depth to give verisimilitude to the make-believe continent across which the story roams. The author has drawn upon several years work experience in the Middle East and Africa. 

Available as Kindle book or paperback here!