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The Pebble Champion entered in literary competition
The Pebble Champion by A.D. Pritchard has been entered in the LGBT Debut Fiction category of the 2014 Lambda Literary Awards.
The Pebble Champion Worldwide Press Release
The Pebble Champion: Teenage Bereavement, Sexuality & Self-Acceptance Explored in Uplifting New Novel.
A.D. Pritchard’s ‘The Pebble Champion’ showcases a poignant narrative with a refreshingly honest voice. Cutting through stigma and stereotypes, the book focuses on one young man’s coming-of-age to explore issues of loss, guilt and sexuality – issues that are relevant and real for many young people all over the world.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Kingdom – While thousands of compelling coming-of-age novels sit on the world’s bookshelves, A.D. Pritchard’s ‘The Pebble Champion’ stands head-and-shoulders above the rest for its successful articulation of teenage grief and confusion. Self-acceptance, sudden loss, sexual insecurities and the search to find harmony with one’s self, form central themes in a narrative that is as uplifting as it is important.
“Like millions of teenagers, Chris Elliot struggles when navigating the world in order to find his place. However, he faces many extra challenges after losing his mother and trying to come to terms with it at a time when he is also struggling with his own sexuality,” says Pritchard. Continuing, “I express these issues and many more in a very honest way. There is no hype and no attempts to create controversy for the sake of it. Therefore, it’s a very realistic read that will help any young person struggling with the same insecurities, whilst helping adults realise how young people feel after the loss of a parent. Does Chris eventually triumph? You’ll have to buy the book to find out.”
Reviews for the novel have been glowing. For example, Greedybugbookreviews comment, "The story of finding first love is never going to be an easy one. Add in the loss of what was essentially your only parent and you will be understandably upset and confused. The Pebble Champion is such a wonderful story of a 15 year old boy, you want to cry with, you want to laugh with and you want to feel with... an entertaining narrative that you can’t put down."
'LIKE SO' video poem 'Official Selection' at Visible Verse Festival, Canada
Dear Alan: Kudos and congratulations! Your piece, Like So, is an official selection of the 2013 Visible Verse Festival at the Cinematheque in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the date Sat, Oct. 12. - Heather Haley, Curator, Visible Verse Festival
'GENIUS' staged at Newtown Theatre, Wales
After making its Welsh debut at the Brecon Theatre in Wales in 2000,"Genius" will be again be produced/staged on 13th February 2013 at Theatr Hafren Newtown as part of the Welsh Young Farmers Club Regional One Act Play Festival.
Poem "I Need to Know" selected for publication
My poem 'I Need to Know' has been selected for submission in the forthcoming edition of the Irish Literary Journal called Lagan Online.
Author Rosie Malezer selects Window Spit as "Book of the Month"
"CONGRATULATIONS to Alan David Pritchard on being awarded Book of the Month for June 2017, for his intoxicating look into today's reality, titled Window Spit."
THE PEBBLE CHAMPION chosen by Dongjiao Book Club in Shanghai.
"I was genuinely touched and delighted to be the guest of honour at an evening hosted by the Dongjiao Book Club in Shanghai last night. They had chosen The Pebble Champion as their first read of 2017 and had the opportunity to ask me questions about the book and the process of writing it. It was a lovely evening, and a rare pleasure to be with so many people who had really enjoyed the novel. Thanks to all who provided snacks and drinks, reviews, smiles, and such warm company." Alan - 21 February 2017
The Pebble Champion wins award.
The novel was awarded a finalist certificate in the 2019 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards Competition.
The Pebble Champion in Miami.
Traveled to Miami in November 2019 to attend the prestigious Miami International Book Fair. The Pebble Champion was proudly on display in the RF Award-winning books booth.
A proud moment at The Readers' Favourite Award Ceremony
A fabulous evening in Miami, where I met loads of talented writers from around the world and received the Finalist Award.
WINDOW SPIT is a FINALIST in the
Eyelands International Book Awards 2019.
Although I did not win, I am still very proud that my poetry collection was one of 4 finalists in the 'unpublished' category at this prestigious competition.
'Red-Handed' - my play is published by top UK play publisher.
My play about boys who try to steal exam papers has found a publisher. Now available from LazyBee Scripts UK.
'Dark Matter' and 'I Need to Know' - 2 poems featured in
The Writers' Magazine.
Two poems from Window Spit have been featured in the international literary journal 'The Writers' Magazine'.
'SEISMIC' video poem selected for screening at two major festivals
My video poem/ short film 'Seismic' from the collection "Window Spit" has been selected for screening at the 1. Newlyn PZ International Film Festival, June 2021 and 2. Poetry in Motion at the Penzance Literary Festival, July 2020.
'The Letting Go' video poem OFFICIAL SELECTION
at Cadence Video Poetry Festival
My video poem/ short film 'The Letting Go' from the collection "Window Spit" has been selected for screening at the
Cadence International Video Poetry Festival, Seattle.
'The Chosen Few' video poem OFFICIAL SELECTION
at the 9th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, Greece, 2021
My video poem/ short film 'The Chosen Few' from the collection "Window Spit" has been selected for screening at the
9th International Video Poetry Festival, in Athens, 2021.
4 1/2 STAR REVIEW from Self-Publishing Review for
'The Pebble Champion."
Self-Publishing Review have given my novel 4 and a half stars: "A stirring tale of sadness and self-discovery. Not only is the story touching, but also widely relatable; the humanity on display as Chris suffers and survives is poignantly captured. To capture a period of change and self-discovery so beautifully, so tenderly, is no easy feat, and Pritchard taps into those truths with ease. This novel hums with youthful vigor, exploring sensitive subjects with honest, raw emotion through the eyes of a truly captivating young protagonist." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
Judging a very special Poetry Slam Event
It was my very special honour and privilege to be asked to be the judge at the recent Wellington College International School Primary 2020 Poetry Slam Competition. The quality of the students' writing and performances was extremely high and I am indeed grateful to be chosen as the person to appraise their wonderful efforts.
'Red-Handed', SEMI-FINALIST, Best Stage Play Script
My play Red-Handed, an official nominee at the 2021 The Script Showcase Writing Competition, has been awarded Semi-Finalist at this year's festival in the Best Stage Play Script category.
'SEISMIC' video poem OFFICIAL SELECTION
at 3rd Hottomela International Film Festival, India, 2021
My video poem/ short film 'Seismic' from the collection "Window Spit" has been selected for screening at the 3rd Hottomela International Festival in Calcutta, India, April 2021
'Red-Handed' - WINNER
at the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival
(Best Stage Play Category).
My play about boys who try to steal exam papers has been awarded the winning prize at this year's 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Bali, Indonesia, April 2021.
'Red-Handed' - WINNER
at the Best Script Award Festival, April 2021
My play about boys who try to steal exam papers has been awarded the winning prize at the Best Script Award Festival in London.
'SEISMIC' video poem a FINALIST
at the 3rd Hottomela International Film Festival, India, 2021
My video poem/ short film 'Seismic' from the collection "Window Spit" has been awarded FINALIST at the 3rd Hottomela International Festival in Calcutta, India, April 2021
'Red-Handed' - OFFICIAL SELECTION,
Film Boxe Monthly Film Festival
My play 'Red-Handed' is an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the May 2021 Film Boxe Monthly Film Festival, held in the UK and USA.
'Pivot Point' poem now published in an international anthology
My poem 'Pivot Point' from my collection 'Window Spit' has been included in an anthology called "Joys of Aging", published by PoetsChoice. Click here to buy the anthology.
Miracle Makers Film and Writers Festival select 7 of my works
'The Pebble Champion', 'Red-Handed' and 'Window Spit' are all OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (Written Word category) at the 2021 Miracle Makers Festival in Las Vegas, USA. Additionally, my video poems "Seismic", "Distance", "The Letting Go" and "The Chosen Few" have been selected for the Video Poetry Category.
The Pebble Champion: NOMINEE,
Action on Film International Films and Writers' Festival, 2021
'The Pebble Champion' has been nominated for a major award at the Action on Film International Film and Writers' Festival in Las Vegas, July 2021.
And the NOMINEES are ...
Miracle Makers International Films and Writers' Festival, 2021
'The Pebble Champion' - nominated for Best Novel
'Red-Handed' - nominated for Best Stage Play
'Window Spit' - nominated for Best Poetry Book
'Seismic' and 'The Chosen Few' - nominated for Best Poetry Video
The Pebble Champion: HONORABLE MENTION,
WriteMovies Screenwriting Contest, 2021
'The Pebble Champion' reached the Semi-Finals of the the WriteMovies Screenwriting Contest, Spring, 2021, and was awarded an HONORABLE MENTION in that competition.
The Pebble Champion: WINNER, Best Book
Miracle Makers International Film and Writers' Festival
Am completely overjoyed to share the news that The Pebble Champion has won Best Book at the Miracle Makers International Film and Writers' Festival in Las Vegas, July 2021.
Red-Handed: WINNER, Best Stage Play
Miracle Makers International Film and Writers' Festival
Am completely overjoyed to share the news that Red-Handed has won Best Stage Play at the Miracle Makers International Film and Writers' Festival in Las Vegas, July 2021.
"How We Deal With It" Selected for Publication.
My poem 'How We Deal With It' has been selected for publication in the Beyond Queer Words Poetry Anthology, published December 2021 in Germany. Special mention in Instagram.
'The Pebble Champion'- FINALIST at the 2021 Page Turner Book Awards
Absolutely delighted to have my novel selected as a FINALIST in the Best Book Category in the prestigious Page Turner Awards international writing competition.
'The Pebble Champion'- through to the next stage
of the 2021 Page Turner Book Awards
My novel has now made it through to the next stage of the Page Turner Book Awards and has reached the LongList.
Three poems from 'Window Spit'
selected for publication in new literary journal
I am very pleased to announce that 'Seismic', 'Pivot Point' and 'I Need to Know' have all been selected for publication in a new literary journal called Rabble Review.