Leeford Village co-author gives insight into serial drama at library event

By Heather Large | Kingswinford | Entertainment | Published:

An author of a new drama serial will be chatting to readers during a drop-in session at a Black Country library.

DMike Hands (writes under: Michael Braccia) from Wordsley and Jon Markes from York. Together they are writing a story about a place called Leeford Village, they write an alternate chapter each.

Mike Hands, from Wordsley, has written the novel Could It Be That Way? Living with Autism and Banfield Tales a collection of short stories.

Mr Hands, who writes as Michael Braccia, is currently penning drama serial Leeford Village with his friend Jon Markes.

He will be ready to answer questions about the stories at Wordsley Library on February 6 from 2pm.

The friends describe the serial as “a cross between the 44 Scotland Street stories written by Alexander McCall Smith and The Archers but without the farming”.

It follows the lives of 31 characters living in the village, located in the fictional Midland town of Banfield, which is based on Kingswinford.

Mr Hands will pen one part of the story before sending it to Markes, aged 57, who is originally from Wolverhampton but now lives in York.

He will edit it but only to correct grammar, spelling or continuity errors before continuing the story without telling his writing partner what happened.


Mr Hands, aged 60, will then carry out the same checks before writing the next episode and passing it back to his friend to continue.

He said he was looking forward to talking to people about the serial, which is being published a chapter at a time online, including at, at the events.

Mr Hands added: "I want people to know about Leeford Village and get to know the characters we have created, and we're looking for feedback.

"I see the event as an opportunity for dialogue with readers and potential readers."

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.


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