David Wheldon has been a published author since 1983, when his first novel, The Viaduct, won the Triple First Award in a competition judged by Graham Greene and William Trevor. I am indebted to David Rose for recommending David Wheldon’s work to me.
Nightjar is a labour of love and I loved doing the shoots for these covers. I’m grateful to Paul Ayres of Ayres Violins, Didsbury, Manchester, for the loan of a violin, also to Anstey Spraggan and Colin Cross for putting me in touch with him. The chess set came from Oxfam in Didsbury Village. Unfortunately it’s one piece short, so I don’t feel I can give it back to them (although it didn’t stop whoever donated it in the first place). The hand came from Bowlee Car Boot Sale, Middleton, north Manchester, and it’s not going anywhere because I love it.
Huge thanks to Nightjar’s designer, John Oakey of johnoakeydesign.co.uk, and to Claire Dean, who maintains and updates these pages. Claire’s excellent debut short story collection, The Museum of Shadows and Reflections, was published towards the end of last year. She has two brand-new stories due in Nightjar later this year.
The chapbooks are printed by H&H Reeds Printers Ltd of Penrith, who have printed all 28 titles in the series.
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