Sunday 28th January - 2pm




Mantle Lane Press is an independent publisher, based in Leicestershire. Part of its remit is to support new and emerging writers across the Midlands.


Mrs Rochester’s Attic is an anthology of fiction inspired by the character of the first Mrs Rochester from Jane Eyre: mad, dangerous and hidden away in the attic of Thornfield Hall until she burns it to the ground and dies in the conflagration.


This event is a launch for Mrs Rochester’s Attic. Meet some of the writers represented in the book and listen to their Gothic tinged tales of madness, secrets and doomed love. With Nick Fogg, Tim Franks, Grace Haddon, Richard Lakin, Jennifer McLean, Pascale Presumey & M. V. Williams.




Author biographies.


Nick Fogg lives in the wilds of South Shropshire. She’s a screenwriter and filmmaker, with short films screened at international film festivals and broadcast on TV. She’s currently working on her first feature film projects. Nick has been selected for the London Screenwriters’ Festival Talent Campus and the BFI Net.Work Midlands Talent Modules. She’s also been shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.‘Shared’ is her first short story.


Tim Franks lives in Wolverhampton and has had a career in primary schools. He wrote textbooks for OUP and Pearson about Ancient Greece, how to write for different reading levels and generally related poems and prose. One of his short stories was broadcast on Radio 4 and, currently, he is working on his second political, crime novel.


Grace Haddon is a Leicester writer of fantasy fiction. She holds a BA in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Nottingham, where she edited the class anthology Vices and Virtues. In 2015 she won Malorie Blackman’s Project Remix competition, and she was on the judging panel of the 2017 Leicester Writes Short Story Competition. She is on the writing team of the Big Care Write-Up, a Leicester charity

initiative which produces e-books. The Cloud Monster was inspired by her unfinished YA novel, and explores the back story behind the protagonist’s fear of fire.


Richard Lakin studied chemistry, before working as a policeman, editor, salesman and journalist. He lives in Staffordshire. He has won awards for travel writing and short stories and been published in the Telegraph and Guardian among other publications.


Jennifer McLean is originally from Yorkshire and now lives in the Midlands, having studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University. She has been an English teacher for a number of years and loves building creative writing into her lessons. She is also a workshop leader and currently works with the Spark Young Writers group in Coventry. Jennifer writes poetry and fiction; her short story, Welcome, was published in

Mrs Rochester's Attic, and she continues to build on her poetry, having recently had a poem in Acumen. In 2016 Jennifer was selected for Writing West Midlands' Room 204 programme.


Pascale Presumey was born and brought up in a tiny village at the foot of the Jura mountains in Eastern France. On a dark and stormy night in 1980 she took a night bus to London and has never looked back.

Her short stories have been published in Canada, US and in the UK. Her story For Sale was published in the anthology What Haunts the Heart, and Mother Died Yesterday appeared in Mrs Rochester’s Attic, both by Mantle Lane Press. She was one of the writers in the National Academy of Writing while at Birmingham City University. In 2015 she was chosen to be part of Room 204, the prestigious writers’ development scheme of Writing West Midlands. Pascale lives in Staffordshire and has just finished writing a radio drama entitled The Value of My Hair. She is also working through the second draft of her novel, Louis and The Poppy Girl.


M. V. Williams (Valentine Williams) has had a varied career as teacher, psychotherapist, market trader and academic staff counsellor in a University. She lives in an inconvenient cottage in Shropshire with a well under the floor and tries to stop the garden from getting into the house. She has just published A Far Cry, a collection of stories published by Mantle Lane Press. Other published works include The Poison Garden of Dorelia Jones, (Immanion Press) The Watcher (Black Lace) Make Up Or

Break Up (Sheldon) and has also self-published Child With No Name and Unconfirmed Reports from Out There. She is a member of the Keele Poets' Group at Silverdale and has won commendations and prizes this year and last for poetry.


BACK Nick Fogg Tim Franks Grace Haddon Richard Lakin Jennifer McLean Pascale Presumey Valentine Williams