It has been a while since I last posted personal news and I thought I ought to as I have quite a lot now.

First BIG news is that my third book – and first novel – The Pukur, has just been accepted for publication by Histria Books and will, hopefully, be released in Spring 2022. Below is the working cover I used as a mock up for beta readers and for if I decided to self-publish one day.

Secondly, I’m now employing an assistant and an illustrator to help me get my long, long awaited Try Not To Laugh (How to Revise, Memorise and Survive Exams) finished off. They are helping both to organise and motivate me, and the results have been wonderful! Plan A is to publish this highly useful book in the Autumn of this year, along with a student workbook to accompany the main text. That said, Plan B is that I will briefly offer the full package to mainstream publishers, but I’m not going to wait around. This book will certainly sell.

Below is the cover, designed by the ridiculously talented Sangeetha Alwar. Illustration isn’t even her main job – she’s an English professor. Technically, she should probably be writing this book rather than I!

If (and with me, that’s always a BIG if) I get TNTL done on time, the Summer will be spent finishing off my fifth book – Mad Dogs and Englishmen – which will be a Bryson-esque journey around Bangladesh. I’ve had the cover semi-sorted for several years (by another superbly talented designer who has been a friend since university days) but I won’t reveal that now – I’ll wait until we’re nearer the time.

I will just say that my Psychology of Writing course has been very popular and I’m inundated with clients wanting mentoring for their writing and/or their books editing. For the time being then, I’m only putting new clients on a waiting list.

Social Entrepreneur, educationalist, bestselling author and journalist, D K Powell is the author of the bestselling collection of literary short stories “The Old Man on the Beach“. His first book, ‘Sonali’ is a photo-memoir journal of life in Bangladesh and has been highly praised by the Bangladeshi diaspora worldwide. Students learning the Bengali language have also valued the English/Bengali translations on every page. His third book is ‘Try not to Laugh’ and is a guide to memorising, revising and passing exams for students.

Both ‘The Old Man on the Beach’ and ‘Sonali’ are available on Amazon for kindle and paperback. Published by Shopno Sriti Media. The novel,’The Pukur’, was published by Histria Books in 2022.

D K Powell is available to speak at events (see his TEDx talk here) and can be contacted at Alternatively, he is available for one-to-one mentoring and runs a course on the psychology of writing. Listen to his life story in interview with the BBC here.

Ken writes for a number of publications around the world. Past reviewer for Paste magazine, The Doughnut, E2D and United Airways and Lancashire Life magazine. Currently reviews for Northern Arts Review. His reviews have been read more than 5.5 million times.


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