The Water Thief and the Manatee Cold Iron

As well as all the excitements of the festival itself - Words, Music & Oddities - IRON in the Soul, the Third IRON Press Festival sees very special launch events for two very special new books!

First, on the afternoon of June 10th, comes the launch of a a modern fable by Kitty Fitzgerald, a highly readable short book which is also a political, ecological and cultural fable.

In The Water Thief and the Manatee a young girl and her father on a small island are confronted with the reality and cruelty of global market forces when the local well and water supply are annexed. For support they call upon the mythical powers of the manatee.

The book is illustrated by Easington based artist Nicola Balfour whose artwork will be on display.

There then follows a unique launch for what we feel will be a unique book. The event takes place at midnight on Saturday June 10th in the magnificent St. George's Church, perched on the Cullercoats clifftops. Four of the writers will be picked to read extracts from their work, and hot cocoa will be available. There weill also be live organ music to enhance the atmosphere.

Editors Peter Mortimer and Eileen Jones during these six months have broken off from reading submissions only for toilet breaks and quick snatches of sleep. Their eclectic mix of chosen new ghost stories finds ghosts at supermarket check-outs, on late night buses, in cancer wards, with TV installation men, on film sets and alongside council motor mowers - to mention only a few; a 21st century slant on this most traditional of short story forms.

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