#IndyBookTourCymru2019 day 4 – Llanidloes

Yesterday, I was in Llanidloes at the Aladdin’s cave of bibliographic delights that is Great Oak Books. Run by the redoubtable Clive Upton (that’s him in the picture) the bookshop sells both new and second hand books and, in the pre-owned ‘barn’ section, there’s a proper treasure trove which includes subject areas as diverse as […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 day 3 – Caernarfon

Before I visited Caernarfon I knew two facts about the town: 1 – it is dominated by a thirteenth century castle built to subdue the forces of Llywelyn ap Grufydd. 2 – it has the highest proportion of Welsh speakers of any town in Wales. After today’s visit, I can confirm that the first is […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 Day 2

Today I was welcomed at the lovely Awen Meirion, a bookshop that sells both Welsh language books and English novels, in Bala. I’d never been to Bala before (shame on me…) but I found it to be a delightful town – particularly so as Welsh was to be heard everwhere – which, interestingly, wasn’t the […]

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 event 1 – Machynlleth

#IndyBookTourCymru2019 got off to a hugely enjoyable start today at the Pen’rallt Gallery and Bookshop in Machynlleth. I had a wonderful time discussing None So Blind and In Two Minds with the readers – and writers – who gathered for coffee and cake in an event hosted by the lovely Diane Bailey who runs the […]

No airbrushing here…

Great excitement at #IndyBookTourCymru2019 central (ie my house) today with the electronic arrival of posters created specially for the tour by the wonderful Emily Glenister, publicity guru for The Dome Press J Bless her, Emily’s created so many permutations, in both English and Welsh, that bookshops are bound to find one they like and can […]


To celebrate the publication of the second novel in the Teifi Valley Coroner series – In Two Minds – in May and to contribute a bit of a Welsh flavour to National Crime Reading Month (you did know that May is National Crime Reading Month, right?)  I  am proposing a tour of  every independent bookshop […]

Sexy or Not?

This is a piece I wrote as a guest post for Linda Green’s book blog, Books of All Kinds, during the pubication blog tour for None So Blind. If you’d like to see the original post, including her review of None So Blind, you can find it here. Prior to writing None So Blind I […]

The Lovely Llangwm Literary Festival

If you’ve come to this blog via the front page of my website, you’ll know that I was recently a guest at Llangwm Literary Festival. For those of you not familiar with the geography of West Wales, Llangwm is on the beautiful Cleddau estuary in Pembrokeshire.       It’s a small town. Probably smaller […]

Busy, busy, busy

Apologies for the lack of blog posts – my original intention was to copy, here, all the posts I put up on my Facebook Author page (Alis Hawkins Author) but, for one reason and another that just hasn’t been happening. I need to do better, so this is my mid-year resolution – update blog regularly. […]