200 supporters qive away as Damon L Wakes reaches 50% of his croud funding

Ten Little Astronauts, the Christie-inspired sci-fi murder mystery by Damon L. Wakes, is approaching 200 supporters on Unbound. To celebrate, he’ll be sending a signed paperback copy of Unearthly Sleuths to one of those first 200 at random

Unearthly Sleuths is an anthology of speculative detective fiction by JayHenge Publishing. It includes two stories by Damon himself—lighthearted steampunk “The Card” and the significantly more sinister “Noise on The Wire”—as well as many more by a wide variety of other authors.

Unearthly sleuths an out of this world anthology

Unearthly sleuths an out of this world anthology

You’ll have to be quick if you want to be in with a chance of winning this book, though: 196 of those 200 places are already taken, meaning that there are just four still up for grabs! To put in a pledge for yourself, simply follow this link. As well as a chance of winning Unearthly Sleuths, you’ll get your very own copy of Ten Little Astronauts, have your name recorded in the back of every edition of the book. If the book reaches its funding target by Christmas, it’ll be distributed into bookshops through Penguin Random House, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you were one of the people who helped make it all happen.

A tale of steampunks, pirates and poets, brought to you by Big Up Words

Steampunk pirate poets

I entered the pirate drinking-den to find a mechanical maid was serving… tea? 

Steampunk pirate poet performance

Poet pirates performed. They were joined on stage by the mechanical maid.

Sally and Ivor, steampunk pirate poets I helped Erik the Viking pirate and musical pirate Ivor to organise games of the mechanical maid’s devising.

Ivor, Erik and Sally, steampunk pirate poets.

Poor Erik slumped a bit under the weight of responsibility.

But, shiver-me-timbers, a jolly fine time was had by one and all.

All images by www.fizit.co.uk 


Arrgh one day away from the Steampunk, pirates and poets party me hearty

We are excited. We’ve sorted out 5 piles of prizes for the costumes. We’ve arranged for a photographer to take photo’s. Here’s his site,

We’ve worked out at LEAST three Steampunk party games! The Bundell Brothers and Syd Meats have piratey songs. And David Gandy has cancelled so there is more space for poets. The Travelling bookstall will be there for your bookish needs. The pub are ready for us and yes me hearties they will be selling rum!
Here be the co-ordinates for yeah Tom-Tom navigator The Globe, 23 High Street, Andover, Hampshire  SP10 1LJ and we be opening the doors up stairs at 7.20.
Be ready to party me hearties!

The poets of the Steampunk pirates and poets party.

The party has an open mic and we can now announce that Mr Carrot aka Ivor Bundell, Paul Owens (one of this years winners of the Andover poetry competition), Steve Scholey (1st prize in 2012) and David Gandy have all booked slots. We do have about 4 spaces but that doesn’t incude the ones we will have reserved on the night. So the poets are all in force. Waiting to hear back from the pirates.

Paul Owen when he's not a pirate

Paul Owen when he’s not a pirate

Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of  National Poetry Day
Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of National Poetry Day

Ivor sailing the high seas!

Ivor sailing the high seas!


Steampunks, pirates and poets party.


A fundraising event for Big Up Words On Thursday 27th February 2014

Upstairs at THE GLOBE, High Street, Andover at 7.30 pm

Readers and Poets open mic (limited places, pre-book to avoid disappointment)

Performances by Syd Meats, Mr Carrot and Blind Barbara Blunderbuss, Steampunk games, Prizes for creative costumes, The Travelling Book Fair, Live Music

Entry £5 (readers and poets £3, free for members of Big Up Words)

RSVP and open mic bookings by email to  bigupwords@gmail.com

Advent 23: Merry Christmas and a Steampunk New Year

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas from Big Up Words.

And in the New Year, don’t forget to come to our fundraising STEAMPUNKS, PIRATES AND POETS PARTY in Andover on February 27th. Full details will be posted on our website in January.

Here’s a photo of Sally’s Steampunk Pirate ‘boots-in-progress’. We’re looking forward to seeing many more creative costumes on the night.

pirate boots