NEWS

 

 

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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.

 

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/26th-annual-current-submissions/

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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."

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'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

 

http://www.thecinematheque.ca/visible-verse-2013-festival/screen

http://emspace.com/visibleverse/

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'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.

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WINDOW SPIT now available in Kindle format

 

Window Spit is now available on Amazon in kindle format.

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Poem "Party" selected for publication
My poem 'Party' has been selected for submission in the forthcoming edition of the Irish Literary Journal called The Linnet's Wings.

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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.

08

Poem "Consequence" chosen for a student choreography assignment at Western Kentucky University
Consequence has been used as the soundtrack to a choreographed dance video. Watch the stunning dance here.

09

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."
 

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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
 

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The Pebble Champion wins award.
The novel was awarded a finalist certificate in the 2019 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards Competition.

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The Pebble Champion in Miami.
Traveled to Miami in November 2019 to attend the prestigious Miami Internationale Book Fair. The Pebble Champion was proudly on display in the RF Award-winning books booth.

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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.

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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.

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'PARTY'  - a poem from Window Spit featured in international anthology.
My poem ‘Party’ is in an anthology alongside Wordsworth, Tolstoy, O Henry, Manet and Van Gogh. The book is called Dreamers, A Christmas Canzonet and is  available at on Amazon.

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'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.

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'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'.

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'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, April 2020 and 2. Poetry in Motion at the Penzance Literary Festival, July 2020

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'The Letting Go' video poem selected for screening 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.

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'The Chosen Few' video poem selected for screening 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. I will post the video here after the festival.
Alan David Pritchard The Pebble Champion

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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

 

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