Tell me you haven’t cried this past 12 months

Paul has written an open letter to fellow parents who have faced the challenge of guiding their children through home learning during the pandemic.

He was asked to write the piece for the Isle of Man Government’s series of Are You OK? articles supporting mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his article, which you can read in full here, Paul says it’s okay to admit you are struggling and to not place too much pressure on yourself. And to remember that one size does not fit all.

‘I am not a teacher’ – Paul Speller on home learning

‘I am not a teacher …

‘… but I am grateful for those who are.’

Paul Speller writes about what it’s like to suddenly find yourself at the helm of home learning with two primary school children, in this article published on the new Business 365 website.

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Prize-winning short story Baby Blue Eyes re-published and available for free

A prize-winning short story by Paul Speller has been re-published online this week.

Baby Blue Eyes was Paul’s debut short story and it first appeared in Writing Magazine after winning a national competition.

The chilling tale of the fate of a vulnerable mother is available to read, for free, in horror fiction website Lonesome October Lit on Friday.

It has been a busy winter for Paul’s fiction.

His latest short story The Curious Child is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the Dimension6 annual collection 2017.

Paul recently also accepted an offer for publication on another short story and details should be confirmed in the new year.

Related articles:

The story behind the tale: Baby Blue Eyes

The Curious Child is published

Paul judges Manx Litfest short story contest

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New story Beautiful Dangerous is published

Paul Speller’s latest work of fiction, Beautiful Dangerous, has been published in the latest Bloodbond collection.

The print version of Bloodbond, published by Alban Lake Publishing, is available now from www.infiniterealmsbookstore.com

Beautiful Dangerous tells the story of what happens when two work colleagues end up in a seedy nightclub and the alluring dancers are not all they might seem.

Paul’s previously published stories have received literary recognition.

Baby Blue Eyes won a national writing award, while The Curious Child featured in a compilation that was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in Australia.

Related articles:

Baby Blue Eyes re-published for free

The Curious Child available at top booksellers

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Press release: Buy your Family Library raffle tickets – Toot Sweet!

The Family Library is offering a Truly Scrumptious raffle prize.

With support from Microgaming PlayItForward, the library has five pairs of tickets to see this summer’s Gaiety Theatre musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for the matinee performance on August 11.

Librarian in charge Mary Cousins said: ‘This show, by Taylorian Productions, is bound to be yet another hit, so we are very excited to be offering two tickets as a raffle prize. A big thank you to Microgaming for their support.’

Raffle tickets can be bought at £2 per strip. They are available at the library, in Westmoreland Road, or from the Mobile Family Library.

The family show – about a flying car, its inventor and his family, and the perils they face at the hands of the unforgettable Child Catcher – features favourite songs including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Toot Sweet and many more.

Keep an eye on the Family Library page on Facebook and our familylibrary.im website for all events this summer.

The Family Library is run as a charity.

Related article:

Manx Miracles gives Family Library a boost

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The bewildering world of Legislative Council elections

Paul Speller takes a look at the bewildering world of Legislative Council elections in the latest issue of Business365 magazine.

In his Grapevine column for April, Paul muses on how there can be a system where those who have a vote, can cast as many votes as there are candidates.

You can read Paul’s Grapevine column and the digital version of  Business365 magazine here.

Related articles:

Through the Legislative Council looking glass

Is Tynwald an echo chamber?

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The Curious Child now published in Dimension6

Paul Speller’s latest short story, The Curious Child, has now been published in Dimension6, a leading speculative fiction digital magazine.

The Curious Child is the haunting tale of how a family’s move to a new how goes wrong, with disastrous consequences.

Dimension6 is part of the Coeur de Lion publishing stable in Australia. It publishes the best in speculative fiction by new and emerging authors, both from Australia and around the world.

If you want to download it in Kindle (mobi)  or e-pub format, you can do so for free from the Dimension6 website here.

Related articles:

Paul’s ‘chilling’ debut short story wins award

Unanimous verdict from judges at Short Story Slam contest

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The return of the blog

Blog headerPaul Speller has this week re-launched his blog.
After a hiatus of nearly two years, during which time Paul has concentrated on his journalism and PR work, the blog is returning with a new name, Twisted, and contains his first post in a while.
The new-look blog is heading in a different direction from his previous offerings, as Paul continues to pursue his interests in writing fiction. But all the old posts are still there for you to read.
You can check out the blog and Paul’s latest posts by clicking here, or on the Blog section of the menu.
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Ready Steady Go! 2017 goes out to school children

The annual magazine Ready Steady Go! –  packed with articles and advice for families looking for something to do in the Isle of Man over the summer holidays – has been distributed to children via primary schools.

Once again, Paul Speller has written a lot of the content, including his first person suggestions on how to avoid a summer whine.

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Every penny counts! Pledge to double funds raised by Family Library supporters

FUNDRAISERS aiming to keep the Family Library’s range of services up and running have received a boost with the news that every penny they bring in will be doubled.

Earlier this year the Family Library – which includes the Mobile Library and provides support to schools – revealed it was fighting for its future and put out a call to find corporate sponsors to help fund services provided by the charity.

As well as existing corporate sponsorship, and some local authority support, the public response has been positive, with a number of library supporters doing their bit, from staging fundraising events to some taking part in the Parish Walk to raise money.

Now a benefactor has confirmed that, for every penny raised in funds, including firm commitments of corporate sponsorship, the overall amount will be matched – to the value of £125,000.

The annual costs for the charity to run the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service, come to £250,000, so that means if library supporters and sponsors can reach a target £125,000 by July 31, then it will keep the services operating.

The Family Library, which switched to charitable status in 2012 after an end to government funding, is based in Douglas. It also operates the Mobile Family Library Service, taking books to customers all around the Island, while the Schools Service arranges visits for pupils and also provides support to teachers in the classroom.

Now the Scheinberg family, which has previously supported the Family Library, has made a commitment to match all other funds raised for each of the next three years.

Right note: Sing and Sign, for parents and babies, is one of the many regular sessions held at the library

Mary Cousins, librarian-in-charge at the Family Library, said: ‘We are overwhelmed by this act of generosity.

‘What it does mean, however, is that we cannot afford to ease up in our fundraising efforts. This gives us fresh incentive to redouble fundraising efforts.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the support shown since we highlighted our position earlier this year and are incredibly grateful to everyone.

‘Now we have a target to aim for.’

A spokesman for the Scheinberg family said: ‘The library services epitomise the kind of charity that the family has always been keen to support.

‘The pledge applies to each of the next three years. For every penny raised, the family will match the amount, up to a total of £125,000.

‘That applies to all funds raised, whether it be from a cake sale, or corporate sponsorship from another organisation.’

The spokesman added: ‘We would like to stress that the Family Library still needs support from the community which it serves. It is important the fundraising goes on.’

A portion of the money required has already been raised from established fundraising efforts and support from a number of partners – with about £70,000 more needed.

Sandra Henderson, librarian-in-charge of the Mobile Family Library, said: ‘We must be sure that all our efforts continue.

‘This gesture by the Scheinberg family is incredibly generous. We need to make certain that it achieves its aim, of enabling us to keep our services running.’

The Family Library is often a child’s first contact with a large number of books. The relaxed atmosphere helps encourage learning and play. It also acts as a venue for a wide variety of clubs and workshops.

Every part of the Isle of Man is reached by the Mobile Family Library, with some borrowers describing it as a lifeline. It also provides a doorstep service and visits many residential homes.

The Schools Service can provide tailor-made support for learning topics in school.

Recently, Chief Minister Howard Quayle acknowledged the important role of the Family Library, Mobile Family Library and Schools Service – and the benefits received by the Department of Education and Children and local authorities – and confirmed that the charity receives no government funding.

  • The charity has produced an information pack for potential investors. If you or your firm is interested in becoming a major sponsor, or holding an event, contact the Family Library on 01624 640650 or email sandra.henderson@familylibrary.im or mary.cousins@familylibrary.im

Related articles:

Press release: Family Library fights for its future

Family Library welcomes recognition from chief minister

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