Pentangle Press are available for talks and workshops

Pentangle Press are happy to give talks and workshops, as a group or individually, to share their experience and encourage others to take the Indie route. Whether you plan to publish a book for international distribution or to put together a few books because you have a story to tell your family, friends and local community, they are happy to share their expertise.

Christine Hammacott is happy to take on clients for cover design, book lay-out, website design and help in writing back blurbs and branding. Chris is happy to give talks and workshops on book cover design and building an author brand.

Carol Westron is happy to give workshops on most aspects of writing, to moderate writing panels and give talks on Crime Writing and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

Events 2017

Meet the Authors, Selsey

9th August 


Meet the Authors

Carol Westron and Wendy Metcalfe will be appearing alongside of over 20 authors at the annual Meet the Author day, Selsey.


Bath Spa University’s International Crime Writing Conference

Saturday 29th June- 1st July, 

Bath Spa University

Captivating Criminality

Carol Westron will be giving a paper: ‘A Thoroughly Bourgeois Attitude to Murder.’ The Golden Age of Detective Fiction: Murder and the Moral imperative at Captivating Criminality. Bath Spa University’s International Crime Writing Conference.


Winchester Writers Conference 2017

winchester writers conference programme 2017Saturday 17th June, Winchester University

Going down the self publishing route

Pentangle Press Publishing Co-operative will be speaking at Winchester Writers Conference. Pentangle Press will share their experiences of self-publishing. They will discuss what you need to consider and what corners you cannot cut, plus advice of cover design, blurbs and how to take the next step.


Festival of Chichester

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Tuesday 20th June 6.30-7.30pm
Hennings, 53 North Street, Chichester, PO19 1NQ.

Chichester Independent Authors Crime & Crime Thriller Panel 

Welcome to the world of Crime Thrillers. From action thrillers to psychological suspense, join three local authors Michael Parker, Helen Christmas and Christine Hammacott as they discuss research, character development, creating exciting plot-lines and what keeps a reader ‘on the edge of their seat'. This promises to be evening full of intrigue!

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Saturday 22nd April 2pm

Blackwells Bookshop, Portsmouth

Book Launch/Celebration

Christine Hammacott will be having a book launch for The Taste of Ash at Blackwell's Bookshop. All welcome.

Friday 24th March

Lovedean Writer's Group

Crime Writing Workshop

Carol Westron will be taking a workshop on writing in the crime genre.

Portsmouth Bookfest

Saturday 4th March 2pm

Room F, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

Book cover design and creating your author brand with author and graphic designer Christine Hammacott from The Art of Communication

If you are an author or writer considering self-publishing, this workshop will give you essential information on what you need to look at when positioning your book in the marketplace and designing a great cover, as well as lots of useful tips on how to create your author brand with both marketing material and online.

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Saturday 18th February

Room F, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

Nemesis with Knitting Needles

Crime and mystery writers The Deadly Dames talk about female detectives past and present.


Join Dames Charlie Cochrane, Joan Moules, Eileen Robertson, Nicola Slade and Carol Westron and their guest chevalier L. C. Tyler (author of the popular Ethelred and Elsie comedy crime series) as they explore some of the serious issues involved in being a lady detective. These range from the problem of how to get through trapdoors while wearing a crinoline, to whether modern day CID officers would raise their success rate if they took up knitting. Come and enjoy an afternoon of wide-ranging information and discussion cunningly disguised as humour, covering the creations of both male and female authors, as we explore whether the female of the detective species is really deadlier than the male.

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Events 2016

Christmas Fayre





Fr 22nd April World Book Day Portsmouth Library

Guest of The Deadly Dames
Aka Charlie Cochrane, Joan Moules, Eileen Robertson, Nicola Slade and Carol Westron

I am delighted to have been included in The Deadly Dames World Book Day event at Portsmouth Library.

Deadly Dames crime writers

6.30pm: Doors open/refreshments
7pm: Two round crime fiction quiz starts
7.30pm: Deadly Dames panel
8.30pm: Audience questions
9pm: Finish

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Portsmouth Bookfest Event 27 February 2016

logo_bookfestIndie Publishing with Pentangle Press at Portsmouth Bookfest.

Saturday 27th February 2016 11am Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library, Portsmouth.

For further information see the Bookfest website.

Carol Westron, Christine Hammacott and Wendy Metcalfe are Pentangle Press, a local, self-publishing co-operative. Three years ago they decided to combine their skills, in the belief that this would bring more success than publishing individually. In this talk they will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being an Indie author and the doors that have opened for them by having their books out in the world. They will explain why they made certain publishing decisions regarding printing and promoting, paperback or e-book. They will also talk about the separate processes that the author has to go through after the book is written in order to prepare it for publication. These include copy editing, line editing, branding, lay-out, cover design, the back blurb and pricing the book. There are then the fresh challenges of promotion: website, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, book signings, panels and other public appearances; every author has different strengths but it is useful to know the options. There will be opportunities for audience questions and discussion.

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Carol Westron, Wendy Metcalfe and Christine Hammacott with Claire Forsythe organiser of the Portsmouth Bookfest, author Pauline Rowson and other Portsmouth authors.


Previous Events 2015


Tuesday 21st July 7pm 2015
Petersfield Library, Hampshire  
Criminal Tendencies - crime evening with Carol Westron, Christine Hammacott and Wendy Metcalfe

Wednesday 12 August 2015
at Fareham Library 12-3pm

Thursday 13 August
Aurthor reading and book signing event
Fareham Library 2.10

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