Merry Christmas!

Best wishes

to you and yours for the holidays!

– from Ben

Make-An-iPhone-Video Lecture: Lessons in Fun!

I attended a “how to make great videos with your own phone” lecture recently! See, I have plans…

I’d like to make some great videos – the kind you see popping up on youtube everywhere. Actually, I’d be happy with making just regular videos to cover my stage work from good angles without technical flaws.

So I trundled along to an informative lecture by Alex Pell, founder of Dashboard Media, at the amazing WeWork Old Street building in London on this very topic. Here’s one of the helpful tips he recommended, shown in a recent video.

It looks like I’ve got a lot of learning to do – just my kind of fun!

Alice Kuipers on CTV Morning Live Literary Segment

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Bestselling and award-winning author Alice Kuipers  appeared recently on  CTV Morning Live Literary Segment to discuss three favourite books and why she recommends them. Click the image above to hear her.

Upcoming interview: Alice released her new young adult novel, Me (and) Me in Canada on April 11, 2017 and will join us soon to speak about the inspiration behind it!

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You, Death of Us and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart. Born and raised in London, England, Alice now lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with her partner, the writer Yann Martel, and their four young children.

Alice’s website is full of tips and hints for writers. Find her at or on twitter.

Christmas Wishes from Ben

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Best wishes

to you and yours

for the holidays!

– from, Ben

Novel London 1st Chpt Readings at Travelling Through Bookshop & Cafe

Novel London is pleased to announce an evening of international fiction at independent bookshop – Travelling Through Bookshop and Cafe, in Waterloo, London on Friday 7th October.

Join us for a great literary night out that brings people into bookshops and connects readers with audiences – in person and online.

Three novelists will be reading the opening chapter to an audience, which will be recorded for the web.

1. BEN STARLING is passionate about gender equality, marine conservation and boxing, all central themes in his work. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades. He is Oxford Univeristy’s only ever quintuple boxing Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, competed until recently, and continues to coach. Ben graduated with a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy. He was born in the USA, but has lived in the UK since childhood.

Ben will be reading from his novel, Something In The Water.

2. HELENA HALME is a Finnish author based in London. Her books include The Englishman, a best-selling romantic novel, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. Her other titles are The Navy Wife, a sequel to The EnglishmanCoffee and Vodka and The Red King of HelsinkiThe Finnish Girl, her latest novella, is a prequel to The Englishman.

STEPHEN MARRIOTT will be the compere for Novel London in at Travelling Through Bookshop and Cafe.

He is a travel author who prefers to walk the roads less travelled. His passion for travelling under his own steam, all began when he walked out on a fifteen year career in the investment industry and kept on walking. This journey eventually took him to the foothills of the Pyrenees and a walking adventure across Spain on the historical Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The adventure inspired his debut novella Candyfloss Guitar, a #1 Kindle Store book.

You can learn more about Stephen and his


Travelling Through Bookshop and Cafe is located close to Waterloo Station, on Lower Marsh Road. It is a modern fusion of independent bookshop, cafe, culture hub and art space with a specific focus on world culture, art and travel.

To view previous recordings, please go to

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This is a free event but please purchase a drink of snack from the bar during the breaks.

A very special thank you to our sponsor, Reedsy:

Meet Ben – Author Skype Visits for Book Clubs

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Drop Ben a line at benstarlingauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. He looks forward to hearing from you!

Planning to read Something in the Water, An Ocean Romance with your club? The Book Club Reading Guide is now available at Ben’s website.

Christmas Greetings from Ben