Sunday, 23 July 2017

Guest out soon!

Images by @carriebethx and Carmel McNamara
I want to say thanks to everybody who's tweeted or Facebooked me a picture of their book arriving this week. It's been wonderful (and exciting!) to see the books arriving on people's doormats, via social media.

Over the past couple of weeks I've done some guest blogs about the process of writing and researching the book.

I wrote this on the inspiration behind the story for Disclaimer magazine:

"The character of Samhain, an angry punk squatter who never knew his father, came to me one day as I was making fliers. I was in my friend's basement at the time, rolling the treadle on an antiquated, ancient letterpress printing machine. Printing ink on cards, then alternating the fliers, still wet with ink, with old newspapers..."

You can read "The Story Behind the Story of Guest" here.

 The Big Bookend also has this:

"2001: student days. Days of outrage, of Blair and Bush, of hand-drawn photocopied fliers. It was the pre-social media age. The closest thing we had to Facebook was MySpace, an eye-aching repository of HTML and hormones that allowed you to set a soundtrack to your personal page, and choose “top 8” friends, if you were into that sort of thing...."

You can read the rest of "How I Wrote Guest" on The Big Bookend website here.

You can also add it to your shelf on GoodReads here:


SJ Bradley's books on Goodreads
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Don't forget to join us for the launch at Waterstones Leeds on Thursday. It's at 6.30 and it's free. Phone 0113 244 4588 or email leeds@waterstones.com to book.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Guest - the launch!


Thursday 27th July, Waterstones Leeds, 6.30pm, FREE entry!


"Join Leeds author SJ Bradley for the launch of her second novel, Guest, published by Dead Ink Books, at Waterstones Leeds, 6.30pm on Thursday 27 July.

Sarah will read from and discuss her book before taking audience questions and signing copies of the novel.

SJ Bradley is an award winning short story writer, novelist of Brick Mother and founder of Leeds based Fictions of Every Kind.

Tickets are free but places must be reserved in advance. To reserve your place please email leeds@waterstones.com, ring 0113 244 4588 or tweet @WStonesLeeds. More information: https://www.waterstones.com/events/book-launch-guest-by-sj-bradley/leeds


The Facebook events page for this event is here (many thanks to Leeds Big Bookend for their support in organising and publicising this!)

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Remembering Oluwale: Best Anthology, Saboteur 17


So, so chuffed to have won Best Anthology for Remembering Oluwale in this year's Saboteur Awards.

When we got the news we'd been shortlisted, I did a fair bit of umming and aahing about whether it was worth going to London for the ceremony. "It's an awful long way to go," I mumbled to one person. "The trains are so expensive." I made various other typical chippy Northern comments like, "What do I want with going to London anyway? I've already been to London once already this year, isn't that enough?" and "Northern writers never win things anyway, so what would be the point?"

A short chat with Jenna Isherwood, one of my co-organisers from Fictions, changed my mind. "It's not often you get invited to an awards ceremony," she, or I, I can't remember, said. "It'd be a shame to miss it." Plus, Max of Remembering Oluwale had already bought his tickets, so that was it - my mind was made up.

(Me and Max arriving at the ceremony: fresh-faced and not booze-faced... yet.)

Our category was called second, which thankfully didn't give us too much time to get nervous.

Here's my speech, as best as I can remember it:

"Ours is not the first book about David Oluwale, nor are these the first writers to write about him. Writers like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Caryl Phillips, Rommi Smith, Ian Duhig, Kester Aspden, and Zodwa Nyoni, among others, all have written about him before.

If you don't know about David Oluwale's story: David Oluwale was a Nigerian man who came to Britain legally in the 60s, at a time when Britain was encouraging people from Commonwealth countries to come here to work. He spent most of his time in Leeds either in a psychiatric hospital, or homeless and sleeping rough on the streets. He was victimised by the police and eventually found dead, floating in the river Aire. When he died, the only records that remained of him were his hospital notes and his arrest records. He might have been forgotten altogether were it not for the work of the Remembering Oluwale charity, and the famous piece of graffiti in Chapeltown in Leeds which reads 'Remember Oluwale'.

At a time of closing borders, of low levels of empathy for asylum seekers, refugees and EU nationals, at a time of rising racism and jingoism, we need David Oluwale's story now more than ever.

Thank you."






We'll be throwing a party in Leeds to celebrate Oluwale winning at the Saboteurs. It will be at Outlaws Yacht Club on Wednesday June 7th at 7.15pm with readings and cocktails. It's an open invite to anybody who wants to come and is free - do please come and join us.

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Stronger Than Skin Stephen May  





Sunday, 2 April 2017

Publishing The Underground Crowdfunding campaign now live!

 "You're not just a reader, you're a maker."

I'm proud to announce that the crowdfunding campaign for Publishing The Underground, including my second novel, Guest, is now open.

There are options to suit all pockets: an ebook option, a hardback option, or a bundle where you pledge to support all three books.

Go to the Dead Ink Books Crowdfunding page now to get involved.




Sunday, 19 March 2017

Cover Reveal






Here's the cover for my new book, Guest, which comes out in June this year (woohoo!)

I'm so excited about the book, and the cover itself (which was made by artist Michael Lacey). I can't wait for this to come out now.

It should be available to pre-order soo, so you (and I!) won't have long to wait...


Regret Index on Queen Mobs


"Regret one: When Hannah came into work looking for her apron, and crying, I might have told her where it was. Instead, I let Tony think she was useless, and fire her."
My story, Regret Index, is now on Queen Mob's teahouse. You can read it here.



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Friday, 3 February 2017

Editing, second time around

Photo from @deadinkbooks instagram

Exciting times: here we are again.

I've signed the contract. I've filled in the questionnaire about visual imagery in the book, and what I'd like to appear on the cover. Sent the final version of the manuscript to my editor, Nathan. Written a couple of imaginary speeches. Tried to think about what things to say at the launch. The book's finished, and now it's all done: sent, signed, proofed, agreed, and now I'm just working on the "laying awake at night wondering what people will think of it when it comes out" part.

Guest, my second novel. is due to be released in June this year. You'll see from the photo above that Dead Ink are publishing some pretty sweet books in 2017, including stuff by Jenn Ashworth, Harry Gallon, and Gary Budden. These are exciting times indeed: I've seen the publication schedule for this year, it looks amazing; they're publishing some brilliant books this year and I'm glad to be in such excellent company. These are exciting times for me as a writer, and exciting times for Dead Ink. I'm so chuffed for Nathan, but to be honest with you, most of all I'm chuffed for myself.

Soon, I'll blog in a more indepth way about the editing process this time around. It's been a different experience this time, and much more enjoyable for it. More about that soon.

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