19/06/19 – Really enjoyed the launch of Sue Pritchard’s/Frances Bennett’s Something Wicked and published by Black Pear Press.  She is such an excellent writer and it was a real privilege to be asked to read. Good luck with this Sue/Frances!!

Sue Pritchard book launch

15/06/19 – The end of the Worcestershire Litfest, 2019. An event that began with the Young Writers competition and ended with the big fat raffle. There were lots of literary things in between!

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22/03/19 – Thank you to the Creative Writing Society at the University of Worcester for inviting me to discuss character building. Some really deep, evocative characters created and I’m looking forward to reading all about them!


Grateful to Katie Harris for including me in this on 07/12/19 at Heroes in Worcester. I’ve written a couple of new poems, one of  which fits in the notion that I am, indeed, an eater of oranges

Words for Heroes

06/12/18 – Lovely article about the Clothiers Company Annual Award from the University of Worcester

University Article

Standing at the table

(Photograph of the Clothiers Company Annual Dinner, in the Guild Hall, by Jodie Stilgoe)

29/11/18 – Really enjoying my photography at the moment and one taken in the summer, with November in mind, has won WN Camera Club Photo of the day, which is great!

It is entitled ‘Poppy by the Severn’

Poppy by the Severn

22/11/18 – A poem received from a young writer (and neighbour) who has kindly bought a copy of Max & Luchia: The Game Makers. It’s brilliant – thank you!

I know a writer

I know a writer who lives on my street
I know a writer who is good at their job
I know a writer who knows me too

by Alistor

11/11/18 – I read a children’s poem and a story focussed on WWI Chaplains including Woodbine Willie at Fort Royal, Worcester, as part of the Lighting of the Beacon ceremony. The Mayor also spoke and we were memorably entertained by Dancefest

6/11/18 – Graduation Day, University of Worcester, with Michael Wheatley and Margaret Adkins

Graduation photo

(Photograph by Paul Adkins)

Confirmation of First Class Honours

First Class Honours Certificate

05/11/18 – Receiving the Clothiers Company Annual Award at the University Graduation Awards Dinner

Kevin Brooke

The Clothiers Company Worcester Annual Award

1/11/18 – At the George Marshall Medical Museum. Using a story based in 1850 called ‘A Walk in Nunnery Wood’ as inspiration, the young writers created incredible stories!


29/10/18 – Final night (of three) of Halloween storytelling. Lakeside Cabin at Bodenham Arboretum as part of the Torch Lit Pumpkin Walk. It is the first event in which ‘The Knights of Max & Luchia: The Game Makers’ have told their stories (Sera Bryant and Myself). Tough, but rewarding!

Storytelling at Lakeside

27th & 28th /10/18 – A big thank you to Nina Lewis for involving me in this project.

Inkspill Weekend

26/10/18 – Lovely to be invited to the U3A Worcester meeting in Bromyard Road. We spoke about writing in general and then focussed on the distilled art of writing Flash Fiction. Some excellent ideas and beautifully crafted stories and poems. A really enjoyable two hours – thank you!

16/10/18 – Attended pre-dinner drinks at the Clothiers Annual Dinner 16/10/18. Sera Bryant and myself spoke to some incredibly friendly and welcoming members of the Worcester Clothiers Company about our writing and illustration aspirations. We also spoke about Max & Luchia!

Guildhall Photo

(Photograph of the Guild Hall, Worcester, by Jodie Stilgoe)

03/10/18 – The students who read at the book launch of Max & Luchia: The Game Makers, were incredibly brave. They were also incredibly good!

Worcester News Article – Pupils Read at Book Launch

23/09/18 – Such a privilege to work with Sera, Jodie & Kayleigh for the Book Launch of Max & Luchia: The Gamemakers and really special to have been part of this university article

Students Join Forces to launch Children’s Book

Really lovely to receive a review of the launch from a vegan baker, Kayleigh, who specialises in gluten and allergy free cakes

Review of the book launch

 14/09/18 – A lovely first. An opportunity to be featured performer at WorcesterLitFest & Fringe, Speakeasy. It’s an event I’ve been going to for several years and it was great to do this.

Worcester Lit Fest

Lovely to get a first in BA (Hons) Creative Writing & English Literature from the University of Worcester, and to get a mention in the Worcester News as part of the 343 too!

Worcester News Article

27/07/18 – Another one from The Hive. On the shelf, next to Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes. Doesn’t happen every day!

The Hive photo

21/06/18 – Celebration as part of the Federation of Children’s Book Group’s 50th Anniversary and run by the Worcestershire Children’s Book Group. 6 schools from the local area attended. To listen to the young people’s enthusiasm for all things books was amazing. I even had the opportunity to cut the cake!


16/06/18 – An odd day. Runner-up in the Poetry Slam, then the winner in the Worcester Litfest Flash Fiction Competition. As I say, an odd and yet remarkable day (photo with Ruth, Worcester Litfest Director)

Flash Fiction Slam

22/05/18 – Occasionally, amazing things happen. Thank you so much to Tim and Jodie (the ones beside me in the photo, who, along with the rest of the Worcester Students’ Union actually do the real work) for presenting me with Institute Rep of the Year!  Blimey.

Student Award

11/05/18 – What a great morning at the ‘Meet the Author’ event in which myself, Kathy Gee Wordstring and Dennis Hodgkins were given the opportunity by Evesham Festival of Words to talk about books. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!

28/03/18 -You may say it was fate, that last night was great, to celebrate, birthday number eight at Worcester 42 with Alan Durham, James Burkes, Myfanwy Fox, Suz Winspear, Timothy Stavert, Polly Stretton and others, not that I’d want to pontificate. Lovely to be asked to host the event too!

19/03/18 – Great day at Pershore High School, where a group of yr10 & y11 boys created a story out of a hat. Ribbity Ribbon, football coach, gambler, raver, spoon player, his Jewellery heist thwarted by Korean mafia, goes onto win the Champions league. FANTASTIC STUFF!!

 08/03/18 – It was ‘Kings and Queens’ day at Blessed Edward Oldcorne. 2 x sessions with 15 students, with each student creating a story for the upcoming Worcester Litfest Young Writers’ Competition. Really looking forward to reading these!

     04/03/18 – Really enjoyable afternoon at Oakley Flanagan’s book launch. The former Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate (and guest performer) was in great form!

in the dark times

 01/03/18 – Well, the Beast from the East scuppered a few World Book Day plans and revisits to Pershore High School and Blessed Edward Oldcorne have now been rearranged. Fortunately, I did get the chance to go to Christopher Whitehead School to talk about reluctant reading and my YA novel, Jimmy Cricket   

29/02/18 – Lovely article by Black Pear Press – Thank you!  I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do this.

Kevin in the News

14/01/18 – Great to be asked to read at Suz Winspear’s book launch of ‘The Awkward People’ at Drummonds in Worcester. I read ‘Bat in the Box’ and ‘Bang Bang’ (as written by Mike Wheatley). The former Worcestershire Poet Laureate has produced a wonderful collection – my favourite poem is Safe Harbour

The Awkward People

11/01/18  – Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the prize giving for the Rotary Young Writers Competition at Pershore High, but I’ve since read the four winning stories. Dark stuff but extremely compelling. One of them has since won the District Competition too! Good for them all!

19/11/17 – Lovely opportunity to read a story from the ‘Of Machines And Men’ Lit Fest Young Writers’ Anthology at Titania House. Some (all!) really great stories from the Young Writers!

Of Machines And Men

  17/11/17 – Didn’t they do well! The students of Blessed Edward Oldcorne that is! 5th and 8th in the regional finals of the Worldwide, KidsLitQuiz in Butts Arena, Coventry. Fantastic Performance!

13/11/17 – Second visit to Pershore High today to follow up a visit on 03/11/17. Some fantastic ideas from the young people with reference to the Rotary Young Writers Competition! Looking forward to reading the entries!

21/10/17 – Managed to see Jeremy Strong today at the Beeline, University of Worcester children’s storytelling festival. I remember reading Fatbag the Demon Vacuum Cleaner some years ago. Apparently, he’s now written 107 books! Other highlights from the festival included the incredible Michael Rosen and a wonderful day watching a group of Primary School children animate their own film.

12/10/17 – A quick visit to help judge the acrostic poem competition at Blessed Edward Oldcorne. Decisions made, but very difficult

29/09/17 – Into Blessed Edward Oldcorne to meet the new year 7s. We discussed their reading and writing likes and dislikes along with the renaissance reading scheme.  There was also time to speak about their sporting prowess, which fitted in neatly with a chat about my YA book, Jimmy Cricket!

27/09/17 – 42 Night in Worcester and an opportunity to read from my new novel, the first chapter of my YA dissertation piece, The Objectors

26/07/17 – An opportunity to host at my favourite spoken word event, 42 Worcester. Some really great performances, a couple of beers, a few laughs and a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Just another night at 42 then! The stellar cast included – Sera Bryant, Liam Cortintias, Polly Stretton, Timber Stavert, Holly Magill, Neil Richards, James Burr, Suz Winspear, Margaret Adkins, and Nina Lewis

29/06/17 – A story of mine called The Biggest Issue, and loosely based on a Big Issue Salesman I met on a freezing December Day, has been commended in the Graffiti Magazine short story competition. It is due to be published in the August Edition

26/06/17 – A day I won’t forget in a hurry! I’ve taken over from Karen King today at Blessed Edward Oldcorne as the Patron of Reading. Karen is exactly the kind of successful children’s writer that I one day aspire to be. I’m really looking forward to working with the wonderful librarian, Mrs Bromyard, and the eager young readers and writers at the school

05/06/17 – A poem of mine has been published on the Good Dadhood site as per the below link. A lovely surprise, especially with father’s day just around the corner.

Photograph of my Father

05/05/17 – A story of mine entitled ‘Caught Out’ has been selected to be included in the anthology called Paws for Thought and as per the below link. Proceeds go to the RSPCA

Caught Out in Paws for Thought

01/05/17 – ‘Broken Memories’ a short story based on a man,  emotionally abused as a child, who returns to the family home as an adult has been longlisted, then shortlisted in the Nottingham, National Short Story competition

15/12/16 – I’ve had 4 x nursing case studies published, which is great and very different to anything I’ve done before. Following an interview with 4 different students about their life at the University of Worcester, these have now been accepted as a means to inspire future students to pursue a future nursing career

15/11/16 – A story entitled ‘Opening the Locks’ has been longlisted, then shortlisted in the Erewash, National Short Story Competition

05/11/16 – A story originally aimed at Women’s Weekly called ‘Dance Night’ has been included in the Black Pear Press anthology as per the below link, after being longlisted

Dance Night in On The Day Of The Dead

02/11/16 – A poem entitled ‘The Rivers of 1916’ and a piece of flash fiction about the 1/8 Worcester Battalion’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme have been included in a wonderful little anthology that incorporates the work of Worcester Writers Circle

15/10/16 – Two pieces of Flash Fiction have been included in the Cache of Flashes, namely ‘Butterfingers’  and ‘Filled with Joy’

Butterfingers and Filled with Joy in A Cache of Flashes

03/06/16 – ‘The Photograph’ A short story about a man who revisits Leominster and retraces his steps via the use of a Photograph – Short Listed, then awarded Runner Up in the Festival Competition, 2016. Deborah Moggach (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), handed out the certificates at Grange Court

26/05/16 – The Contract, a short story about gambling with more than the protagonist could afford, has been awarded ‘Runner Up’ in this years Nottingham Writers’ Competition and a competition. The Long list was almost 80 and the shortlist 25

25/04/16 – The Cha, Cha, Cha poem (Magic Dancing Shoes) has been published by Kishboo Online  Magazine

28/03/16 – Incredibly, I’ve found out today that my story ‘Pooh Sticks & Rainbows’ has won 1st prize in the Kishboo, Spring, 2016,  Short Story Competition. Thank you to everyone who voted – I’m so very grateful! Thank you so much to Kishboo Magazine for publishing this because it is a story which means a lot, which therefore means that this means an awful lot too!

30/01/16 – I found this the other day. I guess it’s not often you see your name mentioned on the same page as The Rolling Stones and The Levellers and so I felt compelled to add the below link to my blog. Thank you to Polly Stretton and Black Pear Press for sending this off to Slap Magazine!

Slap Magazine