Rainbow Valley Books

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Rainbow Valley Books

is a 'boutique' publishing house originally springing from the self publication of One Promise Kept in 1999.
Michael Round, as Commissioning Editor, was later approached to publish
Benedick - A Cat's Tale  in 2011. Michael went on to publish his own When Gods Grow Old in 2012. The Beast of Eluti followed in 2013 - the second in a proposed trilogy (the third is 'on the stocks'); also in 2013 came Poems: Lunatic and Loving  by Anne Smith and Stepping Around Asia by Donald Clark. In 2014. A Solitary Act an Anthology of the work of Croydon Writers and Find Him by James Cameron were published. In 2015 Looking Back - A Century of Life in Bethnal Green by Joyce Hampton. Michael Round's memoir covering life in the Army in the 50s, The Bird of Time, was published in 2016. In 2017 a major private autobiography was published for Barrie Wiggham CBE, and in 2018 Rainbow Valley Books published the second of Croydon Writers'
The Trouble with Young Writers.  In 2019 a new venture was undertaken to produce an illustrated accompaniment to the private autobiography by Barrie Wiggham; and in 2020 a poignant first novel CONRAD  by Michael Kaye was published. 2020 also saw the publication of an ambitious almost 500 page Anthology of the work of the Society of Civil and Public Service Writers: Dancing with Words.
Our three latest publications currently about to hit the shelves are shown opposite.

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Latest Publications:


Halo Halo

by Michael Kaye. (Michael Kay's second novel set in Hong Kong and the Philippines)

Available now


Irish Nurses in Britain

(Ireland's Loss, Britain's Gain

by Ethel Corduff (an account of the vital impact Irish women had on the UK's medical services in particular the NHS

Available now



by Michael Round (A Novella - daring and sensual account over the search for Caravaggio in 1610 before executioners or assassins got to him first)

Publishing c. August 2021

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SCPSW - Society for Civil and Public Service Writers

Membership is restricted to ex-civil and public servants including the armed forces, teaching and the NHS. Four publications each year free to members - the Author, and 11 competitions, 10 with cash prizes.

Croydon Writers

Membership is open to all with 'Country Membership' and 'Full Membership'. Full members tend to be in the Crodyon area.  For any aspiring writers a monthly challenge provides opportunity for group critique, and support is also given regarding publication with shared advice. There are monthly meetings when restrictions end. Monthly Writer of the Month event open to all members.