Who we are, how we began, what we are looking for
Between These Shores Books (BTS) is staffed by a team of professionals in their respective fields, all connected in some way with varied literary and arts genres. We are totally non-profit making, relying on personal donations and the sales of Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual magazine, which are used strictly for the publication of further books and magazines. Occasionally a portion may be also be donated to certain literary and arts projects, such as art scholarship funding.
BTS Books was mainly created to give talented new writers a better chance to have their work recognized and published along with that of more seasoned writers, and began by publishing their limited edition books. BTS uses many forms of promotion for its writers, and live performance is used whenever possible through such established groups as "The Arts Soiree" in New York City, as well as online networking with other publications.
Most importantly for our submitters, BTS Books has never accepted manuscripts. Rather, potential authors have always been chosen personally through first-hand knowledge of a writer's ability through trusted referrals and by observation of performance and readings. Our magazines, Between These Shores Annual, and Capella Bi-Annual Poetry Journal, are now the best ways to have one's work become eligible for book publication.
All of our authors are personally chosen.
Adele C Geraghty
Adele C. Geraghty is the recipient of ‘The US National Women's History Award' for Excellence in Women's Related Poetry and Essay. She is the author of the poetry collection ‘Skywriting in the Minor Key: women, words, wings’ and Poetry Editor of 'Gold Dust Magazine'. Adele studied Creative Writing with Pulitzer Prize nominee Daisy Aldan, and art with master artist Thomas F. Naegele. This evoked a lifelong appreciation of merging the literary and the graphic, which was her foundation for creating ‘Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual’. Adele’s graphic art and written work have been published internationally in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies and have also been radio broadcast in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She is a member of ‘The Arts Soiree’ of New York, ‘The Patched Fools Ballards’ of Newcastle, UK and ‘UK Authors’ web-site. Her appearances include New York's ‘The Bowery Poetry Club’, London’s ‘Barbican Library’ and television show 'Cafe Improv' at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton University, New Jersey.
Bob Toynton lives in Argyll, Scotland. While very young his family moved villages twice. He would always be an incomer. Born with nystagmus and being gay, Bob has often been made to feel “other”. This is the origin of his poetry, written as observation, self-exploration and celebration.
Bob was born and raised in eastern Scotland but studied and spent his working life in England, before retiring back to the mountainous west coast of Scotland. He studied at the Universities of Liverpool (BSc), East Anglia (PhD) and Sheffield (MEd). His career began in museums and ended in academia, starting off as a geologist and evolving into an adult educator and social scientist. With numerous academic publications to his name, only the late career “Invisible Others”, a piece of autoethnography published in 2006, provided a window into his “other” life as someone who had grown up aware of his queerness. From teenage struggles with identity, through unemployment and then a successful career, poetry was his second secret life. 2016 saw his poem “Jasmine for Mother’s Day” published as “Best Poem” in an issue of Gold Dust Magazine. A further two poems in a locally produced book “Wurdplay” followed, as did regular readings at open-mic events and publications in local magazines. In 2018 his first collection, “Birds the Colours and Shapes of Leaves” was published and was very well received. A “breath-taking debut collection.” Bob’s second collection, “I Used to be Golden” is due for publication in 2023.
Network and Resource Editor
Ingrid Bruck is the author of Finding Stella Maris (2019, Flutter Press), a poetry collection. She has worked with British and US Peace Corps at Proyecto Lingüista Francisco Maroquin in Antigua, Guatemala in the early Seventies. Her first job out of library school was establishing a library for original linguistic research on unwritten Mayan languages. The project’s goal was to preserve the knowledge of Mayan languages within the country. She earned $50 a month (a living wage), paid by the Indian Institute of Guatemala, the same agency that paid Peace Corps volunteers. She was present in the end days of the collapse of Mayan culture and language that was buried under waves of government sponsored genocide. Her memories of that time, place and people remain vivid, even though they happened almost two-lifetimes ago. Today, Ingrid grows wildflowers, makes jam and writes short form poetry and fiction. She’s a retired library director living in the Amish country of Pennsylvania in the US, spends as much time as she can with grandchildren and writes all the time. Current works appears in ‘Between These Shores Annual’, Halcyon Days, The Song Is… and Naturewriting. Her Poetry website: ingridbruck.com
Lorraine C Brooks
Feature and Review Writer
Lorraine recently retired from State University of New York, where she was the host of a weekly cable-tv show called "Health Center". She and her guests focused on emerging public health concerns and issues. She is a founding member of Red Round Group, a collaborative of artists and musicians presenting works in person and on film. Red Round Group regularly participated in, and won awards in the 24-Hour Film Race in NYC. A trained artist, Lorraine graduated from the prestigious HS of Art and Design in NYC. She has works in collections in the US, UK, Netherlands, Canada, and the Caribbean. Her works recently were shown at the Women's History Collective in Seneca Falls, NY, and appeared in Shanti Arts Quarterly, and in a one-woman show at Island Arts in Brooklyn NY. Also an accomplished poet, her works appear in Between These Shores Literary Arts Annual, Not A Muse, and Odyssey journal of the arts, as well as her own book of poetry, "Riding the Wave". She is a regular contributor to the Podcast "Diabetes Late Nite", where her poetry describing life as a person with Type 1 diabetes has been well received and described as "wholly and magnificently brave and humbling". Lorraine is an excellent writer of prose and essays, and her book and poetry reviews are sought-after for their incisive and thoughtful content. She also serves as BTS Books' Webmaster.
Phil Sidebottom (a.k.a. Phil Vincent) is a Dr. of Archaeology and former lecturer for The University of Sheffield. He the author of 'Pecsaetna: People of the Anglo Saxon Peak District' (Oxbow Books, 2020) and co-author of The British Academy Corpous of Anglo Saxon Stone Sculpture: Derbyshire and Staffordshire Volume (2018). Beside his work as author and photographer of a number of academic publications, his works of creative non-fiction memoir and poetry have appeared in 'We Don't Dig Dinosaurs!: What Archaeologists Really Get Up To' (Sue T. Carter, ExLibris, 2014) and Dawntreader Magazine (Indigo Dreams Publishing). Phil has been a member of the original 'Between These Shores Books' team from its inception and contributes to every issue as photographer, type setter and regular contributor of creative non-fiction.
Ed King is a cartoonist, teacher and caricature artist. He was born and raised in New York City where he studied Cartooning with Tom Naegele at the High School of Art & Design. His cartoon work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Highlights for Children, Spider, Portland Monthly, and Mainebiz. He wrote and illustrated two series of children’s activity books- ‘Gus is Gone’ and ‘The Hoadleys’ - for Checkrboard Press in New York City. He was the letterer for the ‘Star Wars’ comic strip from 1981 to 1985, and lettered the comic book adaptations of the ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘Bladerunner’ movies. He also did comic book lettering for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and many independent comic companies. He was the founder, editor and publisher of the West End NEWS in Portland, Maine from 2001 to 2013. He has published two collections of his cartoons - ‘Just Between You and Me’ and ‘Alternative Facts’. He is currently working on a memoir ‘Dancing With Cancer’, and ‘The Illustrated Mueller Report’.
'Roxy Bee' is the pseudonym of Between These Shores Annual'snew Young Arts Editor. Besides writing, Roxy enjoys photography, reading, cross-country racing, music, camping and looking forward to travelling abroad after graduation. Roxy is a senior in HS, and looks forward to bringing a young approach to her submissions calls. She covers submissions from ages 13 through 18 and makes major choices for the two yearly winners of BTSA's 'Young Arts Recognition' feature. She encourages her peers not to hesitate, but to send her their best works and she will enjoy receiving them as, being a young writer herself, she relates to their feelings and as such, enjoys her own works being published. Roxy accepts all arts; visual, musical, tactile and physical, as well as graphic, photographic and multi-media. This is in addition to her acceptance of all literary submissions of stories, poetry, plays, and creative non-fiction. Roxy can be reached with submissions here: email@example.com.
Jasna Mark was born and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. Jasna became part of the BTS Annual team after submitting her work and being chosen as a featured artist for Issue 4. Her work is ideally suited for many of the more gothic and supernatural stories we receive, as well as the standard ones.
Jasna’s photography covers a wide range of visual interest. She describes herself as 'having transformed her interest in the space and world around her into a love for capturing moments in time, through amateur photography. I’m in a constant search for visual magic, impossible and undying’.
Jasna is an emerging artist who, with no formal training has developed a style which captivates her audience. BTSA is happy to have her on our Team.
Jodie Mae Osborne
Jodie is an 18 year old Sheffield lass who is the feature writer for the young arts section of the BTS annual. Her hobbies include writing short stories and posting them on wattpad under her pseudonym Imogen Swanson. She came to be a part of the BTSA team when she was featured in Issue 4 for Emerging Fiction Writer 2020, and hopes to be a part of the publication for many years to come.