New Pam Billinge title The Spirit of the Horse - Cover Reveal

Delighted and honoured to reveal the stunning cover to Pam Billinge's sequel to The Spell of the Horse. The Spirit of the Horse is out 16th March 2021. 


Photography is by the equine portraitist Emily Corcoran.


Check out her beautiful work at Emily Corcoran Photography.


Design is by the brilliant Aimee at Bookollective.


The Spirit of the Horse is about following dreams, finding your truth and how much stronger joy can be when we learn to interconnect with all that is. It is the perfect companion to The Spell of the Horse as Pam reveals more evidence of the ability of the horse to sense emotion, energy and spirit far beyond what most of us realise. 

Creative Writing Workshops with Diane Chandler/Blackbird Now Booking Jan/Feb 2021

Booking for Jan/Feb is now OPEN! 


Unlock your creativity with CWWL, Creative Writing Workshops London, 1-hour Zoom creative writing workshops:


* SMALL groups - Max 6 students

* INTERACTIVE - These are 'live' Zoom classes: a mix of lectures, discussion & writing exercises with TWO published novelists as teachers.

* NO PRESSURE - Join in or sit & listen. Only speak or read out your exercise if you want to.

* FEEDBACK -  Homework will be set, complete if you wish and get feedback on your writing.

* FUN! - A shared experience, unlocking creativity brings people together.

* STAND-ALONE. Try it! If you enjoy, sign up for another... 


All 1hr workshops, £20.00 Eventbrite links:


If a workshop is sold out, as with the first one here, Colour, please email If there's enough interest, another group will be set up. 

Some Feedback from our 2020 Zoom Workshops


'Fun, collaborative and helpful. Much less daunting than I feared.'


'Can't tell you how much I enjoyed the first workshop and how fired up I was after it.'


'Has finally given me the confidence and springboard to write'


'Some great exercises to keep the creative juices flowing, as always.'


'A fun, safe and inspiring environment which has left me with a lot of food for thought.'

Waterstones Window for Diane Chandler's new novel

Diane Chandler's new novel Only Human receives a Hot of the Press table positioning and a front of window display at Waterstones Chiswick.

Desperately Seeking Normal by Tanya Bullock

'Manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour.' 'WATERSTONES LOVES', WATERSTONES, WALSALL
'A wonderful poignant and witty story.' JILL FRASIER, KISSING IT BETTER CHARITY

'The lightest, most entertaining, of reads on a serious dilemma facing many parents of teens with learning difficulties, single parent or not.' GOODREADS
'This is not like any other love story you will ever read. It tackles major taboos head-on, but in a way which is so sensitive and witty, you wonder why they were ever taboos at all.' GOODREADS



Susie Kelly's Masterpiece

Only Human launch day

September 8th 2020


WOW! What a week!


After 3 years in the writing and another year of collaborative preparation Diane Chandler's third novel, Only Human, is out in the world. Setting off on its own journey away from its author, as every book does, Only Human now takes on a life of its own as its future is largely decided by fate & fortune. The omens are good.


We had our first 'in the wild' spot at Waterstones, Kensington High Street. 

In the afternoon we were with Chiswick Buzz TV filming for The Chiswick Book Festival Online's event Too Close to Home? Rachel Schofield  found time in a busy week co-hosting Channel 5's morning breakfast show with husband Jeremy Vine, to chair a fascinating interview with Rosamund Lupton and Diane Chandler about the craft of writing settings for their novels. Rosamund's latest book is the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller Three Hours


You can see the whole interview as part of the all-online festival on Saturday, 12 Sept, 12 noon-1pm.


Here is the exciting full programme of events from 10th - 16th September:


It's free to join any session but a charity donation is requested and much appreciated. The link to join is next to each event and there is 'catch-up' on YouTube.

Rosamund Lupton, Rachel Schofield, Diane Chandler
Rosamund Lupton, Rachel Schofield, Diane Chandler

Meanwhile online, the STELLAR Blog Tour was beautifully concluded by Linda's Book Bag.

The book blogging community did us proud, with so much fulsome praise and love for Diane's novel, and even ourselves as publishers, over a 9-day run. The book's Amazon and Waterstones pages are already populated with the best feedback any author could hope for. 

Finally, after a busy busy day, there was a (necessarily) small, socially distanced, garden party for Diane's local friends.