Sunday, 23 May 2010

John Harvey, David Belbin etc - Sunday Night and Monday Morning : New Fiction from Nottingham (Five Leaves, 2005)

Sunday Night and Monday Morning was a collection of short stories published by Five Leaves during 2005. The 15 contributors included John Harvey, David Belbin, Clare Brown, Stephan Collishaw. Robert Harris. Jon McGregor, Nicola Monaghan and Kat Pomfret.

Most of the stories concerned made their first appearance in this volume, though two had previously appeared elsewhere. Three were extracts from novels which at the time had not yet been published.

It`s number 443 in our listings and details can be found using the `Buy Books` links provided.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Nottinghamshire Historians

Time for another quick foray into the Hoonaloon Books online shop to see what marvels, mysteries and delights await us there !

Today we shall concern ourselves with back issues of the bi-annual Nottinghamshire Historian Magazine.

At present we have two copies in stock ;

Item Number 2521 is issue number 74 (Autumn/Winter 2004) and concerns itself with Charles Dickens in Nottingham, John Newton, Sir Horatio Davies and much else.

Item Number 2812 is issue number 40 (Spring/Summer 1988) and concerns itself, inter alia, with Sir Thomas Parkyns, Bassetlaw Heritage Project and Wark and Wages in Municipal Elections.

A cornucopia of wisdom and learning is available to the ordinary man and woman within the pages of these admirable publications, and all at very reasonable prices. Use the Buy Books links provided to find further details and/or place an order. As always, customers wishing to pay by credit card need to order via ABE, others have the choice of ABE, Antiqbook or Mare Libri. 

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Snapshot - May 2010

Time for another Snapshot of life in the Notts /Derbys area.


Derbyshire - Erewash - Greensqueeze/Stanton Iron Works -  The developer`s public consultation has been deferred yet again, this time to June 2010.

Nottinghamshire - Grantham Canal / `The Battle for Mann`s Bridge` - A Public Inquiry has taken place on this and other issues. It`s expected the matter will be resolved soon.

Nottinghamshire - Grantham Canal / Proposed Link to River Trent- A scheme to re-open the whole canal and link it to the River Trent was put forward a while ago - an ambitious project which needs funding of £25 million.  A recent consultation over the possible building of  500 houses at Radcliffe on Trent brought forward a proposal that permission could be conditional on the developer providing £2 million towards re-opening a nearby section of the canal.

Nottinghamshire - Rainworth/Rufford/Sherwood Forest - Proposed Incinerator - . The Public Inquiry has been adjourned for five months. Some time after this was announced, it became apparent there had been a misunderstanding and the adjournment was not necessary. However, in view of the difficulties in getting all interested parties together for an earlier date, the adjournment has been left to stand.

Nottinghamshire - Rushcliffe Greenfields - Appears to be ongoing, though with no recent developments.


Derbyshire - Derbyshire Police are investigating the poisoning of buzzards in the area, and are working with the RSPB and Natural England as part of their investigation. During February, two dead buzzards found in Idridgehay, near Belper, were found to have been poisoned. In April, a farmer reported finding four dead buzzards in the Kirk Ireton area near Ashbourne. They were near to the remains of a pheasant, which may have been killed and dosed with poison for the purpose of poisoning birds of prey or other predators/scavengers. I understand tests are being carried out on these. Anyone with any information can contact the Police on 0345 123 3333.

Staffordshire/Derbyshire/Leicestershire - On a happier note, details of the National Forest walking festival are now available. The 12 day festival will take place over areas of East Staffs/South Derbys/Leics from May 22 - June 2. A printed guide can be obtained from The Tourist Information Centre - West Street, Swadlincote - Derbys , The Customer Services Centre -  Market Place -  Burton - Staffs and The Tourist Information Centre - North Street - Ashby - Leics. The Nat Forest web site is at

Nottinghamshire - Gedling. The Ramblers (Nottinghamshire Area) believe Gedling Borough Council have been closing footpaths without consultation for a number of years, and have served notices on them in respect of two named paths as well as serving notices on  the Chief Execs of Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council. Would think this could be a lively dispute, with the possibility of the Ramblers becoming involved at a national level.

Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire - The Ramblers Worksop Group is in talks with Tesco to establish rights to paths that cross the new Tesco site in the area.

North Notts -  A consultation has taken place on a request to open a quarry on land around Two Oaks Farm near Thieves Wood and Normanshill Wood. The Ramblers have indicated they have no special concerns over this as "although no one wants to see the land torn up it has to be said that the impact on the landscape would not be huge" but they do require clarification over routes to be taken by lorries entering and leaving the site and the future of the site after use. Consultation appears to be proceeding amicably and they concede that "the proposals for the new quarry and afterwards look very good and will involve public access which we do not now have". It is unclear if any other groups dissent from this judgement, and whether likely impact on wildlife has been assessed - I would assume it has.

That`s all for now,

Nick O

Lowdham Writers` Group

Literary life looms large in the leafy, languid lanes of Lowdham.

Item number 3053 in our listings, Shooting the Past, is an anthology of short stories and poetry from the Lowdham Writers` Group. This collection`s literary lions and lionesses are Francesca Bratley, John Childs, Catherine Haynes, Sue Laver, Margaret Meadows, David Purnell, David Scarrott, Hilda Smith and Martyn Williams.

By contrast, item 3144 in our listings, The Video Room, is an anthology of short stories and poetry from the Lowdham Writers` Group. This collection`s peerless purveyors of poetry and prose are Catherine Haynes, Mary Bowditch, Margaret Meadows, Francesca Bratley, David Purnell, Martyn Williams, Jack Elton, Hilda Smith, Julia Burrows, David Maxwell-Harrison, Sue Laver , Terence McCullen and David Scarrott. 

At present we have only one copy of each title.  For further details, or to place an order, use the Buy Books links provided. Customers wishing to pay by credit card will need to order via ABE Books.