Second video reading of The Dowry Blade at Lewisham launch


With any book that involves adult relationships there is the thorny issue of how to depict intimate moments (she says coyly), this bit is introduced as ‘a bit of virginal fumbling’ so if that’s going to embarrass you, don’t listen. Not remotely raunchy. I don’t consider sex a spectator sport!

Once again, thanks to Joan and Thomas and everyone else at Lewisham Libraries for organising a great evening.

Video of The Dowry Blade launch event Lewisham Library


Here’s the video of Cherry Potts reading the ‘obligatory tavern scene’ from The Dowry Blade at Lewisham Library on Wednesday

Lewisham Libraries have been good friends to us, and provided a buffet and everything! There are more videos to come, and sound files from the event at Clapham Books on Thursday.

If you like what you see here, head over to our events page for details of more readings in March and April, in Beckenham (Thursday 3rd March, that’s next week) , Kings Cross (Gays the Word 24th March), Earls Court ( Brompton Library 14th April) and Hastings (Polari on Sea)…

or to our SHOP to buy a copy, or to your local bookshop, of course.



Goodreads Giveaway… The Dowry Blade 25th Feb

The Dowry Blade bookmark cropCan’t get to one of the launch events? Here’s anther way to celebrate.

We are running a giveaway on Goodreads from 25th February (publication day) to 25th March to celebrate the publication of The Dowry Blade

(I’m not 100% certain you can see this link before 25th, I can because I created it, so don’t panic if you follow it and can’t see anything, just try again on 25th!)

There are only 10 copies available so if you want one you’ll have to be quick.

Goodreads randomly select from whomever applies, and the hope is that you will provide a review when you’ve read it, although of course, no one is going to twist your arm!


Cherry Potts talks about The Dowry Blade on Croydon Radio

Listen to Cherry Potts talking about The Dowry Blade on Croydon Radio with the lovely Gill Manly. From 1:15 in for about 10 minutes.

The Dowry Blade TRAILER

Here’s the trailer for The Dowry Blade, out NEXT WEEK!!!

Please feel free to share anywhere you fancy.


More dates for The Dowry Blade readings

Moving into March already.

Meet author Cherry Potts and hear readings from The Dowry Blade, buy a signed copy, and ask questions if you feel so inclined!

Cherry and Julian small

3rd March, 7pm 

Beckenham Bookshop

42 High Street

(near Beckenham Junction)





IMG_857024th March 7pm

Gays The Word

66 Marchmont Street

(Between Kings Cross and Russell Square Tube stations)

A joint reading with Kate Foley, poetry and fantasy, what a heady mix!

Readings from The Dowry Blade and The Don’t Touch Garden

£3 on the door, but there’s alcohol.

LGBT History Month Launch in Lewisham

February is as usual a little bit busy. Spent a couple of hours today at the beautiful (it really is) Broadway Theatre in Catford, for the launch of Lewisham’s LGBT History Month. A lovely crowd of people, many employed by the council turned out to wet the baby’s head, and take a look at Tom Dingley’s Outcome exhibition.

Here’s a few pictures of speeches.

The lovely Susan Hailes, who had us all nearly in tears



Tom Dingley, in front of a camera for once

And Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor

The gentleman in the background of each of these pictures had come for the yoga session, but was prevailed upon to play the piano, which was really lovely, and set the tone for the whole event.

A very positive response to the exhibition, with people signing up to join in then and there and another email before I got home from someone wanting to take part.

If you would like to take part get in touch, Tom has a studio space as part of the Outcome exhibition at Student Pride THIS SATURDAY 6th February at University of Westminster. 35 Marylebone Road, opposite Madame Tussauds and Baker Street Tube.

The Broadway Theatre exhibition is on for the whole of February 10-3 Monday Thursday and Fridays, access via the cafe/ box office.

We will also be launching Cherry Potts‘ novel, The Dowry Blade as part of the Lewisham LGBTHM festival, on 24th February at Lewisham Library


The Dowry Blade – books have arrived!

The printers (TJI) have done a lovely job, and the books look absolutely amazing. So you can place orders for The Dowry Blade direct with us via our web shop NOW, and come along to events and buy a copy, but it won’t be in the bookshops until 25th February. Get yours ahead of the crowd!

Dowry blade arrives

Launching The Dowry Blade in Clapham

Our lovely friends at Clapham Books are hosting a publication day event for
The Dowry Blade our first adult novel, by Cherry Potts.

Join us at 

Clapham Books

26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

7:30 – 9pm on Thursday 25th February

for reading, signed copies of the book and discussion,


The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

The Dowry Blade is a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty in a time of war and danger: between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies.


Launching The Dowry Blade in Lewisham

Our lovely friends at Lewisham Library are hosting a just-pre-publication event for The Dowry Blade our first adult novel, by Cherry Potts.

Join us at Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG

6:30 – 8pm on Wednesday 24th February

(the day before publication)


for readings, discussion,

modestly reduced pre-publication pricing on (signed) copies of the book,

and I believe there will be refreshments, which may include cakes!

The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final

The Dowry Blade is a lesbian epic fantasy of the strength and limitations of love and loyalty in a time of war and danger: between friends, lovers, kin, strangers– and enemies.

Suitable for anyone over the age of fourteen.