Author Clayton to sign books

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Featherstone author Ian Clayton will be signing copies of his new book It’s the Beer Talking in Pontefract.

The acclaimed new work, which champions localness, is only available locally until it’s general release in February 19.

Clayton will be taking the book on a tour across the district with signings and readings over the coming months.

On Saturday December 8, he will be at Seen and Heard Records, Horse Fair, Pontefract, 10am-noon, signing copies.

Clayton said: “I like to meet the people who my books are for. A lot of books these days are bought remotely.

“That’s all right, but it means that the writer doesn’t get the chance to meet the reader, and the reader doesn’t get the chance to have the writer sign a copy as a special gift for someone. Christmas is coming and I think it’s a nice thing to do.”

Clayton added: “I know eventually the book will travel and will be bought worldwide, but I want people in Pontefract, Castleford and Featherstone to be able to get a copy first, because like a lot of my work, it starts round here.’

It’s The Beer Talking is the latest addition to a unique series of memoirs that Clayton has written over the last decade, including the best selling Bringing It All Back Home and Song My Father, all of which celebrate local culture.

The new book is already receiving high praise, including from Mark Seaman, head of Whitwood-based Revolutions Brewery, and from revered beer writer, Roger Protz, who described it as a ‘call to arms’ to save the British pub.

Signed editions from Featherstone from Dransfield’s newsagents, North Featherstone Post Office and Ian’s house.

In Pontefract it can be found at the bus station cafe, The Robin Hood pub, and Seen & Heard record shop.

In Castleford it is available at The Junction pub. It is also available to buy online from Pontefract-based publishers Route (www.route-online.com).