Friday, 1 September 2017

Voyage of Discovery


HELLO, this is Ed Black, Roy's close collaborator on this light literary website, posting to you from my island in the Aegean.

The holiday season is now calming down and the sun cooling a little. I'm even closing my cocktail bar/grille Black Velvet in the Old Harbour area a couple of times a week, here on the island I like to call Paradiseo. It's now time for locals and long-term expats to take a breather, then prepare for the very different autumn and winter months. It also gives me chance to tell you of our latest news on this non-profit-making website, started by former journalists tired of all that bad news.
I first met Roy, a fellow Mancunian hack, in Hong Kong but don't remember him as much of a sailor. True, he helped man a yacht on the busy Victoria Harbour but looked happier when it was becalmed in gentler bays nearby. Then he infamously raced on a Hobie Cat catamaran that sank off Stanley Boat Club's beach.
However, his latest novel is set largely at sea in exotic waters with a still more exotic crew; a sort of adult Treasure Island, he tells me, with romance, adventure and a spiritual element.
It is also Roy's first voyage into the realms of fantasy fiction but with, as one critic put it, "A strong set of characters, real and imagined, all wrapped up in a ripping yarn with plenty of sea-going detail; rather vividly written and not letting up on its adventure telling."
It seems apt that our latest publication on this widely read website should be excitingly international in flavour and promising, too, a voyage of discovery for readers. We like to transport you beyond the usual boundaries of daily life; to explore the wider regions of this diverse world; to share the joy and wonder of it all.
The novel is now available on Kindle or in paperbacks sponsored by the British Arts Council. See our Books page and also extracts from this and other books on our Story/Chapter or Memoir pages.
For a shorter read, turn to our Poem page where contributions are welcome. We also like to receive your comments and emails.
I hope the summer has been good for you, wherever you are, and wish you a restful autumn - to enjoy your reading.
Yassas, my friends!
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