Posts Tagged ‘CRIME’

Support your local community library.

Read to see

In many parts of the UK cash-strapped local authorities have to make drastic cuts in services to save money. My own local library, Kinver, since the beginning of this year (2017) is staffed entirely by volunteers. We owe a debt of gratitude to them – by their efforts we continue to have a library that provides such an essential service to young and old (and those in-between!) and serves as a community hub.

To support the library, I have agreed to give a free session in the form of a talk/workshop on ‘Writing and Publishing your Book’. This may be followed by support sessions for those who want to pursue writing their book. Here’s my press release.

Writing and Publishing know-how for budding authors”

What do you want to write?

  • Memoir 
  • Novel
  • Short stories anthology
  • Poetry collection
  • Children’s story

Local Kinver crime and thriller writer, Tom Bryson, will explain how would-be authors can write and publish their own books at minimal cost. His talk at Kinver Community Library is on Thursday, 9th March at 7.30 pm.

He says, ‘Ever thought of writing your personal or family memoir – not an autobiography but a ‘slices of life’ story? Sometimes we leave it too late to ask our parents, grandparents about their lives and times. All too soon we’ve lost them and then regret missed opportunities to have known so much more. So how about writing your book for posterity – for your family and descendants. Without getting too pretentious, this could be your much-treasured legacy.

‘Or what about that novel you’ve had at the back of your mind for years – perhaps there’s a draft gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. Why not dig it out, rewrite it in the best way you can, find a good editor and see your book in print and as an e-book.

‘Perhaps you have an idea for a children’s book, or a collection of short stories or poems you want to produce in an anthology. All are possible.

‘Won’t all this cost a fortune? Not necessarily, given the advent of digital technology and print-on-demand publishing. The days are gone when you needed to buy a shedful of books to get an economic print run and then traipse the shops and streets to sell them. If you’re prepared to take the learning curve and get to grips with word processing and formatting for internet uploads, you can do it. (Or perhaps there’s a fourteen year old you can collar to help!). If you must incur costs, then a good editor is the most important investment to make.’

Local Kinver author Tom Bryson, who writes crime and thriller novels, will reveal all at the recently launched Kinver Community Library on Thursday, 9th March, 7.30pm, tickets from the library, £2. (All proceeds go the the Community library)

So – dream your dream – come along and hear what Tom has to say.



Books available from amazon here (print and e-book) and author (email  Tel. 01384 872204)


Let’s Talk Murder…

Broad Street, the Bullring, Victoria Square, Spaghetti Junction, the Clent Hills – people who know Birmingham and the Black Country tell me they like to read my fictional stories set in real places – locations they have personally stood in, drove through, where they have ‘stopped and stared’.

What about characters, plots and sub-plots, timelines, structure, conflict and all the other components of novel-writing? How are they worked into a novel?

Scenes are the building blocks of a novel? Is it ‘wise’ to use real places?  Real people???

Come and chat with me whether you are mainly a writer, a reader or both.

WHEN: 19th May 2015, 5.45-7.00pm (Free event)

WHERE: The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham.

Click link below for more information:

Off the Page with Tom Bryson – Library of Birmingham

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DEAD keen on books?

Talk by local crime and thriller writer


 For readers, for writers, for everyone!

Local crime and thriller writer Tom Bryson will be at Bridgnorth library to talk about his latest Birmingham cop crime novel ‘In it for the Money’. Tom is writing a DCI Matt Proctor series, the first was ‘Too Smart to Die’; he is now working on a third to be published in 2015. He says, ‘I find readers enjoy making connections in my novels with real places they’re familiar with – the story and characters are of course fictitious.’

Tom Bryson has also written an international thriller ‘Sarcophagus’ set in Ukraine and a WW1 story ‘The Zeppelin of Kinver Edge’.

 Crime writer Tom Bryson

at Bridgnorth Library, Shropshire, UK

Friday, 5th December  2014, 7.00 pm

ADMISSION £3.00 incl. free refreshments

New crime novel out now



Brum/Black Country cop DCI Matt Proctor investigates murder, match/spot fixing – and he needs to ‘fix’ his personal life! 

 (No. 2 in Cop Matt Proctor series – now writing No. 3)

IN IT FOR THE MONEY. New DCI Matt Proctor series novel now published. A modern crime novel set in the murky world of global gambling crime. Like a bet – be very wary! Proctor’s relationship problems with cop colleague Azzra deepen. Tcropped-cover-money-fuzzy-6.jpgry a sample – here’s the link.

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 UK Games Expo   Fri. 24th , Sat. 25th ,  Sun. 26th  May 2013, Birmingham

Board of the game called "The Chinamen's ...

Board of the game called “The Chinamen’s game” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m about to enter a whole new world – non electronic multi format hobby games. What’s that all about, you ask?

Board games, card games, their creation, design, publication and competitive play. I stress this exhibition is about non-electronic games – the kind most post thirty plus year olds grew up with.  For example as a young boy I played snakes and ladders, ludo, card games, lexicon, pictogram, etc, then graduated to Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble, and so on. At Christmas time we tried our hands at new games that appeared on the market and were given as presents. Among family and friends, we played competitively then faded as the levels of concentration and competence among the adults declined in direct proportion to the quantity of wine consumed!

But how to come up with an idea for a new board game, develop and test it, publish, produce it?  And what about role playing? I know nothing about this stuff – so what am I doing there?

Well – hey! Anything new, different nudges my curiosity but I’m there because along with a bunch of other writers from UK-based New Writers group, we’ve got a slot at UK GAMES EXPO 2013 talking about e-books, independent publishing and whatever else people might want to chat about. We have a display stand so we’ll take a few of our published books along – the print versions.  (Print books on a table or stand are a lot more eye catching than an open e-reader with a postage stamp book cover on view!). Our session is at 1.30 PM on Sat. 25th May titled as below (I wish!):

“A Kindle Millionaire – Self Publishing for Authors. So you have written a book, what now? How do you go about self publishing and making e-books and how do you get them onto Amazon? Authors Andy Holmes, Tom Bryson, Dave Ebsworth and Fiona Linday will discuss the various approaches and the pitfalls.”

So…we’ll see what happens at UK GAMES EXPO 2013 and I’ll let you know.

UK Games Expo 2012

UK Games Expo 2012 (Photo credit: tim ellis)

As a matter of interest in the USA I understand Origins or Gencon Indy are worth a visit. Anyone been to board games conventions held in the US? Or are computer games finishing off traditional board games? What about the personal social interaction differences between board/card games and e-/computer games? Is the former more family friendly or just olde worlde?

Here’s a link to the website giving full details of the event. Visit the website and have a look at what’s happening. If possible COME ALONG AND JOIN US and we can share what we see, have a ‘go’ at some games.  UK Games Expo

Of course, for anyone who’s already into creating, publishing and playing board games then this will be a great opportunity to see what’s trending, get a handle on the latest developments, maybe become inspired or simply inspire!

Here’s another link to an interesting article by Richard Denning who runs UK Games Expo‘How to get a board game published’

What do you think?