Friday, 27 January 2012

Getting Creative!

Only recently I stumbled upon a great range of best-selling books about creativity by Keri Smith ~ Author/Illustrator

They're not your average run-of-the-mill 'How To' books that's for sure!

Each one encourages you to get in touch with your creative side in terms of writing, art, crafting and even destroying. Yes, destroying!

'Wreck This Journal' is
'For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake and mess making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.'

Wreck This Journal ~ Keri Smith ~  £8.99 at  Something Literary

'This is not a book' invites you to
take a uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of 'a book'. Keri Smith asks readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used. With intriguing prompts, readers will discover that this book can be:

A secret message - tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.

A recording device - have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.

An instrument - create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.

This Is Not a Book will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, 'If it's not a book, what is it then?' - with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.

This Is Not A Book ~ Keri Smith ~  £8.99 at Something Literary

And 'Finish This Book' is a direct request to you, the creator, from Keri Smith herself to actually finish the book
Dear Reader,

One dark and stormy night, I found some strange scattered pages abandoned in a park...

I collected and assembled them, trying to solve the mystery of this unexpected discovery, and I am now passing the task on to you.

Your mission is to become the new author of this work. You will continue the research and provide the content. In order to complete the task, you will have to undergo some secret intelligence training, which I have included in this volume. Since no one knows what lies ahead, please proceed with caution, but know...

This book does not exist without you.

Yours truly,

Keri Smith
Finish This Book ~ Keri Smith ~ £12.99 at Something Literary

So go on...Get Creative!

All products are available from Something Literary, Cobblestone Walk, Steyning and Online.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Steyning Festival Short Story Competition 2012

A popular part of the Steyning Festival is its short story competition, open to anyone who would like to enter a previously unpublished piece of work up to 1500 words.

The short story competition is being sponsored by Wilton Park and supported by The Steyning Bookshop.

The competition will be judged by a Festival panel and author, Simon Brett.

Prizes are as follows:
1st Prize - £250
2nd Prize - £50
3rd Prize - £25

Junior Section (Ages 12-16) judged by a local children's author.
1st Prize - Book Token £25
2nd Prize - Book Token £10

Entry forms and competition rules can be obtained by emailing or sending a stamped addressed envelope to:
The Competition Secretary,
c/o The Steyning Bookshop,
106 High Street,
BN44 3RD

Closing date 31st March 2012 for both competitions.
(Your Steyning Magazine, January 2012)

For more details about the Steyning Festival 2012 please visit:

Sunday, 1 January 2012

January 2012 Sale!

Get a stonking 25% off EVERYTHING throughout January 2012

Just enter code: SL25 at the checkout at

Notebooks, journals, mugs, bags, tea towels, badges, magnets, bookmarks and much much more.

Get your literary loveliness now!

Happy New Year!

Wishing all customers, suppliers, friends and followers a very Happy New Year!

Here's to a brand new year with no mistakes in it!