Friday, 12 September 2014

BOOKS FOR THE BEACH

With Barack Obama, half the world’s press, not to mention several warships in town, Candy Jar decided to escape the chaos of the NATO conference and hit the beach. Clear blue surf, white sands and not a soul to be seen as far as the eye could see…

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Well, not exactly. Cardiff Bay Beach is the annual transformation of the heart of Cardiff Bay into a fairground/urban beach the summer. With the world’s eyes on the city, this year the beach’s opening was extended another week, and Candy Jar were invited to pop down the road and run a stall.



With books in hand and authors in tow, the team manfully shouldered the responsibility and spent the week at the simulated seaside – pirates, sharks and water zorbing included. Thanks to the good people of Cardiff Bay Beach for approaching us, to all of our authors who helped out, and to everyone we spoke to over the course of the week.  


CANDY JAR AUTHOR GETS DRAMATIC

Poet, pamphleteer and socialite, traveler, horticulturist and man of god and letters, the Reverend Doctor Thomas Sedgwick Whalley was one of the best-connected figures of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, with friends and correspondents ranging from William Wilberforce to Marie Antoinette. But few of his circle were more influential than Hannah More, arguably the most popular female writer of her day, not to mention a famed educator, philanthropist and a major figure in efforts to abolish the slave trade.


Now a film on More’s remarkable life is in the works, and Professor Christopher Stephens, author of The Reverend Doctor Thomas Sedgwick Whalley, the first biography of this singular gentleman, will be playing her long-time friend and neighbour. Professor Stephens spent ten years researching the eccentric, extravagant and generous life of Thomas Whalley, uncovering the voluminous range of his correspondence, the layout of his self-built mansion in the Mendip hills, and the course of his many travels throughout Europe. Having been a staunch and vocal champion of More’s often controversial work, the Reverend Doctor is bound to play an important role in the film, and in Professor Stephens the production will have an actor who knows his part inside out.

Hannah More is being produced by Redcliffe Films, and The Reverend Doctor Thomas Sedgwick Whalley is available here.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

WAR HEROES' REUNION



80 Bletchley Park veterans have returned for a reunion 75 years after the War.

Eileen Younghusband, author of One Woman’s War, joined eighty of her fellow veterans at Bletchley Park this week to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of operations beginning at the site.  Now a museum, the code-breaking and intelligence operations conducted at the mansion are credited with shortening the Second World War by ‘two to four years’.

For many decades after the end of the war, employees of Bletchley Park were so tight-lipped about their top-secret work that Churchill labelled them ‘the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled’. However, with a major new film on their operations soon to be released, recognition for, and interest in, the team that cracked the enigma cipher is at an all-time high.

Eileen herself joined the war effort when she was nineteen, in 1941, and served as a Filterer Officer on RAF bases across the country.  Her own story went untold for years, she, like her colleagues,  having signed the Official Secrets Act; it is now available in One Woman’s War, an autobiography that is a testament to the invaluable work of the WAAF in the fight against fascism.

NEW ROYAL ON THE WAY


Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are expecting their second child. The future prince or princess was announced on Monday, just two months after the first birthday of the couples’ first son, George. The Queen is said to be delighted at the news.

As with her first child, Kate is said to be suffering severe morning sickness, which has led to her pregnancy being announced early. However, at the opening of a new study centre at Oxford University, William reassured the crowds that the Duchess was on the mend.

One well-wisher is Candy Jar’s own Colin Edwards, photographer and author of A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family, who said that he was ‘thrilled’ that baby George would soon have a new playmate. A regular at royal walkabouts, he added, ‘I hope that, next spring, after the baby is born, I will once again be able to meet and congratulate the Duke and Duchess on the new arrival.’

No doubt Colin will become a familiar face to the child, as he has been to the past three generations of the Royal Family. Having presented one of his photographs of the infant William to Kate, at a walkabout following their marriage, he is already looking forward to the new royal’s first public appearance. 

SCHOOL KIDS PERFORM CANDY JAR TITLE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION


BookSlam 2014 saw hundreds of primary school pupils from all over Wales congregate in Brecon for a children’s literary bonanza. Over two rounds, dozens of schools competed to wow the judges with their enthusiasm for their favourite books. The children of Broadhaven School ran out the eventual winners, having impressed with their discussion of Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War and a dramatic presentation of Silent Mountain, an adventure story with an ecological twist by Candy Jar’s own Michelle Briscombe.

Broadhaven’s headteacher, Mr A Williams, was delighted with his students’ success: ‘Our pupils got in touch with Michelle Briscombe… to say they would be presenting her work in the BookSlam competition. She wished them the best of luck, and her words obviously had the desired effect!’

BookSlam is an annual event ran by the Welsh Books Council. Medi Jones-Jackson, Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Officer for the council, was delighted to see the children ‘brimming with enthusiasm’ for the chance to analyse and perform their favourite books. Candy Jar is very proud to have played a part in inspiring the pupils of Broadhaven, and would like to congratulate them on their success (and impeccable taste)!

To find out what they’re so enthusiastic about, click here.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

CANDY JAR BOOK FESTIVAL COMES TO A CLOSE!

We’d like to say a big thanks to everybody who was involved in our Candy Jar Book Festival!

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We began the festival on Saturday (August 2nd) with a How to Write a Winning Short Story workshop at Cardiff Central Library with Andy Frankham-Allen and Laura Foakes. This workshop was extremely interesting and was a great introduction to our South Wales Short Story Competition.

The following Saturday (August 9th) Mark Brake, author of Space, Time, Machine, Monster and TV presenter, John Chase entertained young Doctor Who fans with The Science of Doctor Who. Jon’s Doctor Who rap had the kids dancing in the aisles.

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On Monday (August 11th) Lynda Nash shared her personal experiences of creating children’s pre-school book Danny Down the Drainpipe. After reading the book aloud she encouraged the kids to create their very own book.

On Tuesday (August 12th) Laura Foakes and Emma Taylor, author-illustrator duo of The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy, wowed and amazed the audience with their shocking untruths in How to be a Fibber Extraordinaire.

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On Wednesday (August 13th) Manic Mondays author Michaela Weaver shared her wisdom about all things literary in her creative writing workshop. Thanks to all those who turned up!



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On Thursday Eileen Younghusband BEM (August 14th), author of One Woman’s War and Men I Have Known, dazzled the crowds indulging the secrets of the WW2 Filter Room, and shared her memories of how women helped to win the war. We had a big surprise for Eileen, when Britain’s Got Talent candidate Nathan Wyburn unveiled and presented his portrait of Eileen created from a collage of images.

Also on Thursday in Monsters, Magic and Michelle Briscombe Michelle discussed the horrible monsters and mystical magic in her book Silent Mountain, and got us all thinking about our favourite magical books and monstrous characters.

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On Friday (August 15th) Benjamin Burford Jones and Andy Frankham-Allen talked about how monsters and mirrors have played a role in their writing, and royal enthusiast Colin Edwards shared his exclusive, intimate photographs, memories and stories of his meeting with the Queen Mother, the Queen, and Princess Diana.

We closed our week (Saturday August 16th) with Anthony Ormond, who talked about how the concept of time travel has inspired books, television and films over the years, and how this impacted his book Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You!

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We’ve had a fantastic week. Thank you to everybody who came down to say hello, and we hope that you enjoyed our events. We hope that the festival will have been the first of many over the years!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

THE SCIENCE OF DOCTOR WHO



To celebrate the start of the Candy Jar Book Festival, critically-acclaimed author and science wizard Mark Brake will be entertaining guests with The Science of Doctor Who, a free kids show to that explores the ins and outs of one of sci-fi's most loved universes.

Making an appearance alongside Mark will be rapper and TV presenter Jon Chase, who will be providing his own fun-filled perspective on Who's science.

The event will take place 9th August at Cardiff Central Library at both 12pm and 2pm. Bringing the perfect blend of charisma, humour and education into the mix, people of all ages can enjoy the dynamic duo's unique method of entertaining kids with a little bit of a twist.

Over the years Mark has already written a number of books closely related to the event's topic, including Space Hoppers, Really, Really Big Questions about Space and Time and The Alien Hunter's Handbook. His latest book, Space, Time, Machine, Monster has just been released by Candy Jar Books and serves as an irreverent look at how science fiction and the good Doctor have impacted and changed our lives.

If you'd like to know more about the festival, click here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

SECRET PROJECT ANNOUNCED BY ANDY FRANKHAM-ALLEN!

SecretOur very own Andy Frankham-Allen, author of Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants speaks about a very exciting upcoming project:
It’s very difficult to talk about a project that isn't allowed to be revealed in the public forum, but over the next few months, until it’s officially announced in December, I shall tell you what I can.
The process of securing the rights for this project took only a matter of weeks, really, such was the level of trust between the licence owner and I (and my publisher). You see, this property we now have the exclusive rights to is something very important to a lot of people, my publisher and me included, and we know how important it is to get this right.
And yet, in spite of the sheer weight of responsibility on us to get this right, we just knew we can do it. In some ways it feels like we were born to make this happen. Will it be hard work? You betcha. Will we be taking it seriously? You betcha. Will we be having fun? Abso-fracking-lutely!
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My first task was to assemble a team of authors, who would normally have much more freedom, but this being the opening gambit, I had to set up a very specific shopping list for each of the first four books. Fortunately, this list proved to be another fun enticement for the authors who have joined us at this early stage of the project. With this part now completed, it’s become a case of writing the first batch of books. I’m writing the first, which I can reveal the title of: The Forgotten Son.
By the time of the official announcement the plan is to have the first three books, at least, in the bag. We’ve started talking about the style of covers, and I have to say it’s going to be very exciting. We’ve talked about the tone of the series, and likened it to Adam Adamant Lives! meets The Avengerswith a dash of Danger Man thrown in for good measure. We even have two (maybe three) different phases in mind for the series, three distinct periods in which to set it and utilising the same characters. What does all this mean? Well, obviously I cannot possibly explain any more than I have, but when all is revealed it will make perfect sense.
For now it’s time to start proper work on The Forgotten Son. Already Phil Raymond is feeling a chill in the air while he walks near Golitha Falls in Cornwall, and he’s not sure it’s the weather he feels…

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

THE CANDY JAR BOOK FESTIVAL... COMING SOON!

We are very excited to announce that this August we will be launching The Candy Jar Book Festival!

Featuring our top authors, the festival will be based in Cardiff’s city centre from Saturday 9th-16th August, with events taking place at nearby locations including Cardiff Central Library, WHSmith, Cardiff Story Museum and The Plan. Throughout the week there will be appearances from:

  • Eileen Younghusband (One Woman’s War and Men I Have Known)
  • Mark Brake (Space, Time, Machine, Monster)
  • Anthony Ormond (Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You!)
  • Colin Edwards (A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family)
  • Michelle Briscombe (Silent Mountain)

And many more...

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and chat to authors as they host creative writing discussions, workshops, subject talks, and readings. Keep an eye on our website and this blog for more details.

Avid readers and aspiring writers of all ages; we welcome you to come down and say hi. We look forward to seeing you!



Friday, 18 July 2014

WATCH OUR ROYAL PHOTO VIDEOS!

One of our most recent publications, A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family by Colin Edwards features exclusive photographs of members of the royal family over several decades - taken from the perspective of a royal watcher enthusiast, offering intimate and candid pictures of our monarchy.

With a strong focus on HM The Queen, Lady Diana and HM The Queen Mother, the book also includes photographs of HRH Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and other members of royalty.

We filmed a series of interviews with Colin, which you can watch here:




 

You can watch more videos on the Candy Jar Books YouTube channel.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

SOUTH WALES SHORT STORY COMPETITION RETURNS!

After the success of the South Wales Short Story Competition in 2012, Candy Jar Books is once again offering aspiring writers the chance to have their work published for the very first time. This year the publisher has teamed up with Cardiff Libraries to make the event even bigger and better!

In 2012 the winning entry was awarded to Laura Foakes for her story The Countess and the Mole Man. Since then Laura has been working closely with Candy Jar and in July Laura's debut novel for children The Liars' and Fibbers' Academy will be released.

Laura said: "I entered the South Wales Short Story Competition at the last minute (with an old story) never thinking I would win. When I was asked for further passages of my book I swear I floated home and the train had nothing to do with it. I write every day and also attend two local writing groups for inspiration, motivation and fun. I'm passionate about getting children to read for sheer enjoyment, and still pinch myself most mornings that Candy Jar has given me the opportunity to be published."

Laura Foakes with the 2012 winning entry, The Countess and the Mole Man

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at the Cardiff-based publishing company, said: "Since 2012 we've had a number of success stories at Candy Jar, with one of our books even winning the People's Book Prize. We are extremely committed to encouraging new talent and hope the public will take the time to participate."

The South Wales Short Story Competition is currently accepting submissions. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories and these can be a maximum of three thousand words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers.

Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar, believes that short stories are an excellent way for writers to perfect their craft. She said: "The discipline and imagination required for creating and structuring a good short story is excellent practice for an aspiring writer. The experience winning writers will gain will be invaluable in preparing them for future publication."

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Saturday 16th August 2014. The competition is £2 to enter. The winner will get a Kindle Fire, and all shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.

Entries can be sent via the website: Candy Jar Short Story Competition

Alternatively, they can also be posted to: Candy Jar Books, 113-115 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5EQ.

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Friday, 30 May 2014

BEEFEATER IN THE PAPERS!


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Geoffrey Abbott, author of From Butcher's Boy to Beefeater has received fantastic coverage in some of the nation's most popular newspapers. These include The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Express, including many other local prints.

Receiving the title of 'Most British Man Ever' and 'Britain's Most Patriotic Man' from The Daily Mail and The Telegraph respectively, the Mail reads: "Incredibly, despite a highly eventful life, Mr Abbott has found the time to write 24 books - the latest of which is his autobiography - 'From Butcher's Boy to Beefeater'."

As well as this, Geoffrey will also be interviewed on ITV Border for an upcoming report on his life.

Providing an excellent chance for Geoffrey's retrospective and inspirational story to become more public, the book follows his journey from his early teenage years of working on the milk crate, and spending 35 years in RAF, to finally serving as a Yeoman Warder - or Beefeater - in the Tower of London itself.

Candy Jar Books are proud to play a part in telling Geoffrey Abbott's story, which is available to order from our website. Click here to order now.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

COLIN EDWARDS ON NBC TODAY!

Colin Edwards, the man behind 'A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family' appeared on NBC's Today Show on saturday to spread his love for the British Monarchy.

Interviewed by Ben Fogle himself, Colin spoke about his experiences meeting the Royals, including Diana, Princess of Wales. He says he came to develop a rapport with Diana, who would speak to Colin at every opportunity during her various public walkabouts. "She said, 'Colin, the boys love your photographs," he remembers.

Click the image below to link to the video.



Friday, 25 April 2014

ROYAL WATCHER ON HIS OWN PUBLIC TOUR!

Colin Edwards, author of the recently released photography book, A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family, is now on his own tour of the country to showcase his book to the public.

Colin Edwards proudly presents his book.

Now at 73, Colin is able to share a passion with others that he has enjoyed for over 50 years. From the very first moment his interest began during the H.M The Queen's coronation in 1953, he has devoted his time to meeting and photographing the Royal Family at a variety of public events and walkabouts.

In doing so, Colin has created a fascinating historical archive that captures the House of Windsor in some of their most endearing moments. Primarily featuring the three most popular Royals of the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales, the book is perfect for any budding Royalist, with personal anecdotes providing insightful context into the photographs and their subjects.

As part of the promotional campaign for the book, Colin is now signing copies at a variety of sites. These include:

  • Mold Library - Wednesday 30th April
  • Wrexham Waterstones - Saturday 3rd May
  • Chester Waterstones - Saturday 24th May
  • Macclesfield Waterstones - Saturday 7th June
  • Rhyl Library - Tuesday 10th June

More confirmed dates are to follow. If you'd like to know more about the book or to purchase a copy, visit us at www.candyjarbooks.co.uk, or at the book's website at www.candy-jar.co.uk/royalfamily.html.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER - VIDEO

Check out an interview with See You In September author Joanne Teague:


When Joanne Teague learnt that she may only have a few months to live she decided to take her three children out of school and, with her husband, spend six months travelling around Europe. See You in September is the hilarious and uplifting account of this family’s journey through Europe. From the interviews with the children’s eccentric headteacher, to the vagaries of negotiating the Paris Metro with a toddler, the joys of navigating through Italian cities and the challenge of purchasing food for a family on a remote Greek island using only sign language, the book deals with every family’s holiday dreams – and nightmares – with a wonderfully light touch.

About the Author: Joanne Teague has lived in the Vale of Glamorgan for the last 16 years. She trained as an occupational therapist and is married with three children. Joanne's life changed when she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos -- a rare and still incurable, life-threatening condition. Notwithstanding, she continues to work, to travel and to have lots of fun.

See You In September is available from all good retailers, Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and the Candy Jar Books website. It is also available as an e-book via Kindle and all other e-reader devices.

Visit the Candy Jar Books website (www.candyjarbooks.co.uk) to order your copy of See You In September and check out our other titles!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

CANDY JAR TO RECEIVE WELSH BOOK GRANT!

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Marketing Grant from the Welsh Books Council.

New title A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family by Colin Edwards features never-before-seen photographs of members of the royal family including Lady Diana and The Queen Mother. Candy Jar is to receive a marketing grant that will help publicise the book, in the hope that it will reach a wider audience and see increased in sales.


In A Personal Portrait of The Royal Family, Colin shares his experiences through a series of photographs. His style is a far cry from typical paparazzi snapshots, as he captures a natural, softer side of the Royal Family. These pictures are interspersed with delightful anecdotes in which he recalls his personal experiences with the Royal family. These heart-felt moments include the first time Diana, Princess of Wales, addressed him by name, and his delight at The Queen Mother attending one of his photography exhibitions.

A Personal Portrait... will be released Summer 2014 and we look forward to working alongside the Welsh Books Council as they support us in this exciting project.

The Welsh Books Council is a national body, funded by the Welsh Government, which provides a focus for the publishing industry in Wales. It provides a number of specialist services (in the fields of editing, design, marketing and distribution) with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English. It also distributes grants to publishers. The Books Council actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales.

www.candyjarbooks.co.uk

A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

EILEEN APPEARS ON EGGHEADS

Candy Jar author Eileen Younghusband had an exciting opportunity to take part in the BBC TV show 'Eggheads' recently. Taking on the Eggheads as part of a 'People's Book Prize' team, Eileen battled it out over a range of topics including her speciality, Food and Drink.

Eileen has to remain tight-lipped about the outcome until the show is broadcast, but in the meantime, here's a picture of her and the rest of the gang on the day of filming:


Eileen has authored two titles with Candy Jar Books: One Womans' War and Men I Have Known, which are available via the usual outlets as well as direct from Candy Jar.

www.candyjarbooks.co.uk

Monday, 24 February 2014

GET THOSE VOTES IN FOR THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE!

 

Time is running out for voting on the People's Book Prize! Candy Jar Books currently have three titles in the running and we would love your votes for these books.

Voting ends THIS FRIDAY (28th Feb) – so please click the link!

THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE

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Friday, 21 February 2014

CANDY JAR COMPLETES RECOVERY VIDEO!

Candy Jar Films was asked to produce a video on behalf of the substance misuse support agencies across Wales as part of a new 'Recovery Framework' plan launched by the Welsh Government in February 2014.

We filmed a series of interviews in front of green screen so that we had control over the background and then shot a handful of cutaways to add variety and interest to the edit.


www.candyjarfilms.co.uk

Friday, 20 December 2013

LOCAL STARS SHINING BRIGHTLY FOR CHRISTMAS



Children from Albany Primary and Roath Park have been featured in national TV sponsorship advertisements for What’s in the Bible, the official sponsors of the hit Channel 5 TV series, The Bible.
Created by Cardiff-based TV Production Company, Candy Jar Films, the team interviewed children from both schools, asking them about their knowledge of The Bible.
Answers included “Three Wise Shepherds,” “It has a story about God,” “Noah’s Ark and there’s a boat,” and “My sister ripped out all the pages.”
Shaun Russell, director at Candy Jar, said: “Being a multi-cultural and diverse city, Cardiff was an obvious place for us to film these adverts. Both schools were incredibly accommodating and supportive of this project. We were really impressed with the breadth of knowledge demonstrated by these Welsh children.”
The Bible is an epic 10-hour mini-series that brings to life the dramatic tales of faith and courage in the most widely-read book of all time. Breath-taking in scope and scale, it features powerful performances, exotic locations and cutting-edge visual effects.
The remaining episodes of the series, which focus on the story of Jesus Christ, continue this Saturday (21st December) and conclude Sunday (22nd December) on Channel 5.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

CANDY JAR BOOKS NOMINATED FOR THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE AGAIN!

For the second year running, Candy Jar is in with a chance of winning The People’s Book Prize!

The winner is chosen solely by you the readers; the most significant judges of all. Founded by best-selling author Dame Beryl Bainbridge, it’s one of the only competitions to truly represent what the people want and enjoy – so we need your votes to showcase the amazing talent emerging from Candy Jar this year! Last year our very own book One Woman's War by Eileen Younghusband won the non-fiction category, and we are keen to score another win.


Three books in total have been nominated; previous winner Eileen Younghusband’s new book Men I Have Known is in the non-fiction category, New Stars For Old by Marc Read is in the fiction category and Beware of the Mirror Man by Benjamin Burford-Jones is in the children’s category.

The readers’ opinions are the only ones that matter, and if you enjoy the books, we would love your votes.

Just simply go to the The People's Book Prize and register online to vote.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

CANDY JAR AUTHOR IN ACT OF PIRACY

Terry Cooper, the author of the KANGAZANG! Trilogy, has been seen in public quite a lot this year. Except that while most people won't recognise him, they'll definitely recognise his alter ego, a certain Pirate Captain from a saga of blockbuster movies.

Masquerading as 'Cardiff Jack Sparrow', Terry has been seen at numerous public events in Cardiff and the surrounding area, and he has been invited by the people at Cardiff's Heath Hospital to attend their Christmas Spectacular day on Friday 13th December.

Hosted and broadcast on the day by Real Radio Wales, it promises to be a fun day for everyone. It's open from 6am to the public, and the hospital hopes to raise funds and Christmas gifts from donations by the public, which will then be distributed among the hospital's patients. The event ends at 7pm, so there will be lots of opportunities to come along and have some fun.

Terry in his Piratey Alter-ego, Cardiff Jack Sparrow. PICTURE: Steve Upham at New Pixel Design
Terry is currently busy putting the finishing touches to his sci-fi comedy trilogy, with KANGAZANG: Small Cosmos due for release next year. Of his unexpected 'infamy' as Jack Sparrow, Terry says:

"It's been snowballing all the time. I initially did it for a bit of fun back in 2007, with a cheap, home made costume, but now I'm quite in demand. Everyone I meet tells me that I've got the look, voice and mannerisms of Jack Sparrow down perfectly. The public of all ages get a real buzz from meeting me and I enjoy it just as much as them. Sadly, I don't look like Johnny Depp at all in real life - that'd be great, but until Disney sign me up for his stand-in, it's back to struggling author. But if you're reading this, Mr. Bruckheimer, I'm available at very short notice!"

In 'civvies' - L-R: Publisher Shaun Russell, actor Colin Baker, and Terry Cooper
 So if you've always wanted to meet Johnny Depp... we can't help you there. But it's been said that Terry's Captain Jack is the next best thing! Pop along to the Heath Hospital on Friday December 13th and sea for yourself! (Sea what we did there?)

You can also find 'Cardiff Jack Sparrow' here on Facebook: CLICK HERE

Friday, 29 November 2013

A TERRIFIC REVIEW

Books Monthly is celebrating 15 years on the web with a Christmas guide extravaganza! One of their recommended reads/gifts is our very own See You in September. A big thanks to them for this review:


"This is one of those wonderful "bucket list" type of books where you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Joanne's story is heartbreaking yet, through it all there is a serenity, a search for happiness and joy that transcends every other consideration. If you didn't know she had a terminal illness, her account of the family trek around Europe would be inspirational enough, hilarious at times, desperate at times, yet the knowledge doesn't cloud the vision - of a determined woman who wanted to spend her last precious times with her family. Absolutely terrific."

Books Monthly

The perfect stocking filler, this book is available now.

FIRST CLASS COMPANIONS

A big thanks to Books Monthly for this glowing review of Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants in their December issue. Congratulations to them on 15 years on the web!

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/companions.html"If you're expecting an A-Z of Doctor Who companions, well, you'll get it, but you're in for a big surprise, because there have been many, many years when the Doctor Who canon continued without television, in print, of course, and only the most diehard, dedicated follower of the longest-running SF programme will remember the companions who journeyed with the various doctors in those dark days when their adventures were not televised. The author has achieved something quite remarkable in cataloguing and annotating all of those companions and turning the research into something very readable, very approachable. A brilliant book, beautifully produced and printed, and a most welcome addition to the vast library of Doctor Who literature. First class."

Books Monthly

The perfect gift for any Doctor Who fan this Christmas: BUY NOW

Thursday, 28 November 2013

CANDY JAR COMPLETES CHANNEL 5 ADVERTS!


Candy Jar Films was asked by 'What's in the Bible?' to produce a series of short 'stings' to appear during ad breaks for the Channel 5 TV series 'The Bible' broadcast on Channel 5 in November.

Created by Phil Vischer, famous for producing VeggieTales, 'What's in the Bible?' sets out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible. Many of us know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this ground-breaking new family video series, the audience is shown how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. In 'What's in the Bible?' Buck Denver and his friends take the audience on a journey through the whole Bible, featuring witty dialogue, fast-paced animation and catchy tunes.

The Candy Jar team set out to interview children from local schools about their knowledge of the Bible, using funny and interesting responses to create the stings. Shot in front of a 'green screen', we then replaced the background with a variety of different colours in post production.

Thanks to Albany Road School and Roath Primary School for allowing us to come in and film during the day.

Candy Jar Films is available for all kinds of filming work - big or small. Please get in touch to see how we can help you.

Candy Jar Films

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

BOOKSLAM 2014

The Welsh Books Council has recently launched the 2014 BookSlam competition and Candy Jar’s very own, Silent Mountain is one of the recommended reads!

BookSlam, combined with its Welsh-language counterpart (Darllen Dros Gymru), is Wales’ largest reading competition and is open to years 3-6 across the country – for free! The Welsh Books Council is committed to promoting Welsh literacy and encouraging reading in schools. It is from these core values that BookSlam was formed. The competition has been revamped for 2014 and is set to be bigger and better than ever. 

The competition fits neatly within the National Literacy Framework and with a cash prize incentive and free books to children who reach the final rounds, there’s no reason for primary schools not to get involved.

For more information please download the BookSlam 2014 guide.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/silentmountain.html
 
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Friday, 8 November 2013

BOOK OF THE MONTH

We are thrilled that BBC Sky at Night magazine listed New Stars For Old as book of the month in their November issue (#102).


"New Stars For Old brings the history of astronomy to life through a series of 20 highly readable short stories, each of which mixes facts with a good dose of fiction to introduce us to some of the important characters involved. From the Earth-centred theories of Aristotle and Ptolemy through to the visionary genius of Isaac Newton, the basic theme of the book is to outline the often turbulent path taken in the growth and development of the way we think about the Universe.

The chapters are a mixture of letters, narrative accounts and diary entries, which collectively remind us that the figures involved are not simply names drawn from textbooks, but were people in their own right.

The text focuses throughout on the interplay between astronomy, astrology and science, as well as offering an insight into the influences of religion and political culture on the way astronomers worked. Other characters, both fictional and real, are brought into the stories. The ‘Notes’ sections that follow each chapter inform us off which characters are real and which are imaginary, and provide historical background to the science.

In one of the tales, Johannes Kepler remarks that he followed “where (Tycho) left off, and he picked up from Copernicus who followed Regiomontanus, who relied on Peurbach and all the way back to Ptolemy, no, further, to Callipus and Aristotle, to Eudoxus, to un-named Babylonians.” New Stars For Old tells this story very well and brings history to life in an entertaining and informative way."

5 stars (Outstanding)

Brian Jones
Sky at Night Magazine

Sky at Night magazine is available online and from all good newsagents.
www.skyatnightmagazine.com

www.candy-jar.co.uk/marcread





UNTREED READS

As always, keeping up with the ever-changing, constantly developing world of publishing is top of our priorities. Not one to be left behind, Candy Jar Books recently signed a digital distribution deal with the international company Untreed Reads.
 
With the help of Untreed Reads all of our books will soon be available as digital versions from over 200 online retailers including Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Overdrive. So for all you ebook converts out there, we've made it easier than ever to get your hands on the latest Candy Jar title.


Monday, 28 October 2013

NEW CANDY JAR FILMS SHOWREEL

We've just edited together a shiny new showreel which you can view here:



Candy Jar Films offers HD video production services across Wales and the South West of England. Experienced in delivering corporate, promotional and training videos for satisfied clients, Candy Jar draws on the experience of a multi-talented production team.

Our extensive experience means we can deliver all kinds of productions, big or small.

If you or anyone you know requires help with getting a video made, please get in touch by visiting our website or calling us on 029 2115 7202.

Friday, 25 October 2013

AN AUDIENCE WITH EDWARDS

With the upcoming release of A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family, celebrated photographer speaks to Candy Jar about his upbringing and where his love for the Royal Family originated.

Learn more about Colin by watching the video below.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY?

We interviewed author Michaela Weaver about Manic Mondays – her debut novel published by Candy Jar Books. Take a look here:



You can pre-order your copy of Manic Mondays by visiting the Candy Jar Books website.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

AUTHOR MAKES APPEARANCE AT PENARTH BOOK FESTIVAL

Author Eileen Younghusband was in Penarth yesterday to give a talk about her latest book 'Men I Have Known'. Held at All Saint's Church, over forty attendees listened intently to Eileen's memories as she recalled the interesting men she has met over the course of a rich and varied life of 92 years. Eileen was joined by retired BBC Radio Wales journalist Hugh Turnbull, who quizzed her about the film stars, politicians, poets, scientists and other extraordinary men who made an impact on her life.

'Men I Have Known' is available in hardback from Candy Jar Books, online or via all good bookshops.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

BRYN'S A HAPPY CHAPPY! HERE'S WHY...

Bryn Lloyd is our Media Assistant and joined Candy Jar in August thanks to the Jobs Growth Wales Scheme. The Scheme supports businesses in recruiting young people aged between 16-24 by subsidising the wages of the new recruit for the first six months of their employment. Acorn Recruitment in Newport worked closely with Candy Jar to help them take Bryn on full time through JGW.

Candy Jar Ltd has found the scheme to be a great boost. Taking away the risk of recruiting new staff has meant the Directors can focus on building the company and using the extra help to do more. With big plans for the future, JGW could well be the helping hand that pushes Candy Jar up to the next level as a creative business.

Bryn has proved to be a great asset to the team, and has settled well into his role.

He says: "My job covers the two sides of the company – video production and publishing. Because of that, it's impressively varied. One day I may be copy editing a new book title, the other I might be out on a film shoot. It requires a broad set of skills and in my time at Candy Jar so far, I've learnt some valuable lessons about the industry."

Bryn is a Glamorgan University graduate, having studied Film for three years. "My course was almost entirely theoretical, so I didn't have much of a chance to get 'hands on' with camera equipment or anything. However, working for Candy Jar has meant taking on exciting challenges where I have learned more practical skills, such as using a digital camcorder or editing in Final Cut Pro, so naturally it's enormous fun."

Bryn has benefitted greatly from his first full time employment since graduating: "It's great to be in the office – because the work is so varied, no two days are the same and I'm grateful to have had an opportunity to play my part in Candy Jar's exciting growth over the coming months."

Friday, 11 October 2013

A NIGHT OUT WITH A CRAZY CHICK!


© Candy Jar Ltd 2013

The team at Candy Jar attended a private function yesterday at Porter's Cardiff to celebrate the launch of See Monkey Songs - a brand new company led by Welsh cross-over icon Charlotte Church, manager Rhiannon Morgan-Bell, and founder of The MMP and See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings, Aimee-Jade Hayes.

The aim behind the new venture is to provide the infrastructure necessary to help Welsh music thrive in both Wales and the rest of the globe, working with a roster of writers and artists to help them develop further and help their music gain the exposure it deserves.

As special guests to the event, the Candy Jar team were personally invited by Charlotte in order to continue its growth as a key component in Wales' ever-growing cultural significance.

Whilst the venue was crammed full of guests, the team were still able to talk to Charlotte, and even managed to present her with her very own copy of Joanne Teague's book, See You In September!

With a line-up of outstanding new artists performing as well as Charlotte herself, the event proved to be a fantastic chance to experience the wonderful talent Cardiff and the rest of Wales has to offer.

Friday, 4 October 2013

AUTHOR TERRY COOPER TAKES HIS 10 PER CENT!

Kangazang! author Terry Cooper does more than just write. As well as being an artist, graphic designer, rapper and Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike he also puts his talents to acting. Recently, Terry starred in the short film 10 PER CENT by up and coming filmmaker Chris Bevan.

10 PER CENT is a tale of deception and double-crossing in a criminal underworld. Veteran professional thief 'Bad' Eddie Goodman (played by Terry) and his young accomplice Billy take on a dangerous job – to rob powerful ganglord Mr Zhang of £3 million and a huge stash of cocaine. But there is little loyalty among thieves and thugs and the prize is too tempting for anyone to play by the rules. Action, dark humour and tension abound in this short story of gangsters, gunplay and greed.

You can watch it here:

(PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS STRONG VIOLENCE AND SWEARING)



www.candyjarfilms.co.uk

www.terrycooper.co.uk

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

SELF-PUBLISH WITH JELLY BEAN!

Candy Jar's sister imprint, Jelly Bean Books, is keen to develop new titles across a range of genres. Whether your idea is fiction, non-fiction, crime, thriller, science fiction, children's (or anything in between!) we'd love to hear from you.

Our partnership publishing package can turn your manuscript into a marketable book. This route combines the benefits of self-publishing with the advantages of traditional publishing.

We provide professional support to all titles accepted on the programme, from initial guidance on the first draft through to publicising and marketing of the final book. Our scheme is very competitive and we always work closely with our authors, respecting the time and effort that has been put into their idea.


Check out our latest video below!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER WEBSITE NOW ONLINE!

The website is now available for See You In September, the latest release from Candy Jar Books, written by Joanne Teague.

At the age of 41 Joanne Teague was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a brutal and incurable disease that left her with a number of difficulr decisions. Joanne had always dreamt of travelling with her family, a dream she called the 'Someday Plan', but had always put off for another day. With her diagnosis however, 'Someday' was a luxury she could no longer afford.

Quick to embrace her limited time alive, Joanne took her husband and three children off on an adventure across Europe in order to experience a new look at life. See You in September is the brand new book written by Joanne that chronicles her family's adventure, written with a compelling sense of poignancy at the fragility of happiness and indeed, life itself.

To find out more about Joanne's story, place a book order or, to contact us regarding any press reviews and personal appearances, visit the website now using the link below, or 'like' us on Facebook by searching 'seeyouinseptember'.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/seeyouinseptember.html

Monday, 23 September 2013

CANDY JAR TAKES A TRIP TO THE AIRPORT!

In September 2013 the Candy Jar team took a trip... to Cardiff airport. Unlike the others there we had different plans. Our mission? To give 400 lucky travellers a free copy of our wonderful new publication See You in September – the perfect travelling companion.

When Joanne Teague became seriously ill and was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos – a rare and still incurable, life-threatening condition – she decided to grab as much life as she could get. Her solution was to spend six months travelling around Europe with her husband and three young children. Their travels were restricted to one continent but we want this book to travel the world.

If you are reading this with a copy in your hand please do read and enjoy it. All we ask is that you leave it somewhere (a train, hotel, coffee shop...) or pass it on to someone once you’re finished so that its adventure can continue.

Please share your experience with friends and keep us updated on its journey via Twitter #SYIS and like See You in September on Facebook.

 http://seeyouinseptember.wordpress.com/


JOANNE ON ITV WALES

Coinciding with the release of her inspiring new book, See You In September, author Joanne Teague appeared on ITV Wales on Saturday.

Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Joanne spoke of how her life changed when she realised she may only have months to live. Inspired to experience life to the maximum, she decided to take her family across Europe on a life-affirming and unforgettable adventure.

Watch the clip below.


Friday, 20 September 2013

WHO AT COWBRIDGE!




Fans of Doctor Who can meet two leading authorities on the BBC TV show at an event hosted by the Cowbridge Book Festival on 25th September. Alastair Reynolds, author of the BBC’s Doctor Who: Harvest of Time and Andy Frankham-Allen, author of Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants and will both be there to discuss writing, the long running popular sci-fi series and sign copies of their books.

Alastair Reynolds is one of the world's most renowned science fiction writers. Having won the British Science Fiction Award for his book Chasm City in 2001, the Doctor Who legacy was in more than capable hands when he turned his pen to Doctor Who. Harvest of Time transports readers back to the Jon Pertwee era, with UNIT, Jo, the Brigadiers and the Master in full attendance. The story centres on the Sild as they escape confinement and threaten to rewrite history.

Andy Frankham-Allen has been a Doctor Who fan since his childhood and has relished the opportunity to write Companions in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the series. The book follows the narrative of the series as seen through the eyes of the Doctor's ever-faithful companions and features a foreword by Gary Russell.

Both authors will be discussing the show with the Comic Guru's Kristian Barry. There will also be a charity raffle, where attendees will be able to win merchandise covering each Doctor (supplied by Candy Jar Books & The Comic Guru). These include signed Katy Manning and Deborah Watling photos, a copy of the Paul McGann TV Movie, Big Finish audios and comics, as well as signed copies of Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants. Tickets are available from www.cowbridgebookfestival.co.uk

The Cowbridge Book Festival hosts a number of literary events across the year raising money for Noah's Arc and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Monday, 16 September 2013

VISIT MARC READ'S NEW WEBSITE

To celebrate the release of Marc’s debut title, New Stars For Old: Stories from the History of Astronomy, Candy Jar Books have created a brand new website for the book.

Learn about this fascinating new author by browsing through the interviews, links and updates we have on offer. Not only that, but we’ve also created a blog for you to follow so you can learn the latest from science’s most promising new author. Aren’t we good?

To access the website, simply visit www.candy-jar.co.uk/marcread.html For the blog, go to marcreadauthor.blogspot.co.uk.

EILEEN TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE!

For many it would have been an informative trip to the museum, but for Eileen Younghusband, visiting the Bentley Priory on Thursday was an experience of enormous nostalgia.

Bentley Priory

The cause of her visit was for the commemoration of Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding - the man who led the team of officers working with Radar information collected from the stations around Britain's coast to detect enemy fire. The day featured a reveal of the site's recreation of the famous Filter room - where Eileen worked relentlessly during WW2 when detecting enemy V2 rockets headed for Britain. She was accompanied by eight other WAAF veterans as part of the event's VIP guests.

The unveiling of the Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding statuette

The Filter Room was of vital importance to the outcome of the Battle of Britain, with the air-raid warnings a direct result of the WAAF's work in calculating the necessary information to detect where and when potential attacks were to occur.

However, the day was made even more significant due to the attendance of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Eileen was able to share a few moments of chatter with Prince Charles, speaking about her experiences of the war. In a bizarre reflection of history, they were surrounded by commemorative bronze statues of the various members who worked in the Filter Room - one of which was modelled after Eileen herself. She spoke of the Prince of Wales in high regard, stating that he had "a great sense of humour."

Eileen's statue proudly stands as the display's centrepiece

Ultimately, the event took place in order to acknowledge the secret efforts made to ensure the protection of Britain. Speaking of the day, Eileen says "For me, it was sadness and joy mixed together - remembering the dedication and comradeship of my fellow WAAF no longer here, but also reliving those days of struggle and hard work. It was a unique day and one which I will never forget."