CafeLit is doing well at the moment. We’re still getting the
normal short stories but also a great line in 100-worders. We’ll soon be
putting together the Best of CafeLit 2013 and we’re also planning a cute little
square book of the 100-worders. So, some contributors might find their work
We do pay royalties on our books but as they’re shared
between several people they really don’t come to all that much per person.
However, they do accumulate over the years – we only pay out once there is
£10.00 – and if someone is published by the project several times, and they’ve
got other small trickles of income, it all helps to keep the writer fed and
housed. There is the option also of donating royalties to the project and several
people do that.
Nirvana. Paradise. The proof that the universe listens and
we’re getting there.
Blue Sky anyway really epitomizes what the Creative Café
Project is all about. It was actually created by a non-blood relation of mine
and then sold on. Goodness, yes, a conversation as we were about to depart from
a pub in west Wales after a weekend of floods and memorials, and the
realisation that we had exactly the same vision.
Time for tea is such a haven. As soon as you’re through the
doors, you forget the business of the day and the hectic traffic that makes its
way through Prestwich toward Manchester or to the nearby motorway junction.
It’s all white tablecloths, china tea services and delicious food.
We'll shortly be looking at all of the stories we've
published between 15 October 2012 and 15 October 2013 in CaféLit, the e-zine
that supports the work of the Creative Café project. It contains short stories
that are linked to a drink. If you're in the mood to drink hot chocolate you
may find a story that goes with that. And if you’re reading CaféLit on your
phone or tablet in a café or looking at a copy of one of the “Best of” books,
then that café actually ought to be in the project.Do send us details!
CaféLit has recently published quite a few what we call
100-worders. These are pieces of fiction 100 words long. If we can get up to
100 of these, and it’s looking likely, we’re going to publish a little square
book. Are you up for the challenge? Find details here.
CaféLit anyway is always looking for more conventional short
stories. Submission details here.
We publish CaféLit in two different places – on a dedicated
web site but also on Blogger. Blogger enables us to judge which are all-time most
popular stories and on 1 January 2014 we’ll be announcing first, second and
third place. There will be a prize!
You can order individual copies of the Best of CaféLit 2011
and 2012 from the links below. From 1 November there will be a special
Christmas offer on orders for five copies plus, mixed and matched between the
I visited this delightful bookshop on a warm Thursday
afternoon a couple of weeks before the schools broke up for the summer. It was
deliciously quiet in there. A backdoor was open and a refreshing breeze made
both the shop and the café bearable.
I first met owners Frances and Peter Hopkins when they
supplied the books for the Prestwich Bookfest. It’s clear that they work very
hard, and that owning an independent bookshop is very demanding and is about
more than selling books.
The bookshop hosts several reading groups, holds book
launches and photographic exhibitions and occasional film nights. There is a
back room and this is sometimes hired out for meetings and workshops.
The café is tiny but a real treat. There are just a few what
I would call proper bistort tables and attractive olive-green folding chairs. The cakes are pretty but delicious, too. They
are supplied by local independent enterprises - The Bear Who Bakes, Elaine’s
Creative Cakes and Urmston cakes. I settled for the lemon drizzle and one of
the best cups of tea I ever drunk.
My purpose was two-fold in visiting the shop that day. I
wanted to buy some books for a course I’m teaching next year. I also wanted to
check out the café and see if it passed muster. I’m pleased to say the café is joining
the project. It’s good also to support an
independent bookshop Sure, I buy books and sell my own via Amazon – and don’t
have a guilty conscience about that. But it’s good to go into a bookshop and
browse – especially when you’re looking for picture books.
I hope the Hopkins will be able to carry on for many more years.