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During the Coronavirus LockDown, there will be an extra activities page on this website with meditations for Christians, people of other faiths and none.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put Thy golden crown upon her languished head, Whose modest tresses were bound up for thee.

William Blake To Spring

Children of Fire

Paul CW Beatty's Latest Book

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Paul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities,  he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.

His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd.  Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis known as the City of Manchester.

Paul lives near Manchester in the North West of England at Marple - the place that gave Agatha Christie an idea for a character's name.

Lock Down SpeciaL

I usually keep the secular stuff I write, such as Children of Fire, separate from the stuff I use in church services. But it seems that while the current situation is on, I should start a page on this website, so that church folk and others can use my output for themselves.

The first thing I am making available is a set of monologues called the Holy Week Monologues which I wrote in 2006. They were recorded by a friend of mine, Derek Davidson, and is constructed as a series of meditations that can be read in Holy Week. Each day is represented by one meditation starting at Palm Sunday and finishing at Easter Day.

Most of the incidents of the week coincide with the familiar events in the Gospels, though some of those events have been transposed. Its unconventional Christian viewpoint might make it useful for people of all faiths and none.

The player for hearing the The Holy Week Monologues is below. Go there to access the player.

There are 10 separate chapters which start with an Introduction. Do one each day or allow them all to play together.

Holy Week Monologues


Children of Fire

Winner of the 2017 Writing Magazine's Best Novel

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Heron Fleet

To Francesca, Heron Fleet was truly mother and father.

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Public Speaking

Find out about Paul's range of public talks

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Up Coming Events

Talks, lectures and other events where Paul will be found.

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Viaduct is a podcast hosted by Paul CW Beatty that is published two or three times a month. It is for readers of new fiction, creative writers and those interested in books. 

Viaduct is aimed at commuters and others who use smart phones. Its editions are about 30 mins long, though ones that include interviews may be longer.

All the editions of Viaduct, including the latestcan be heard by clicking on the following link http://viaduct.buzzsprout.com/

The best way of listening to Viaduct on your smartphone or other mobile device is to upload an appropriate App from the web. Search for Viaduct using Google etc. and work from there to an appropriate app store for your smart phone. Viaduct is hosted by Apple Podcast as well as Buzzsprout.

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