The Roller Derby Athlete

My new book The Roller Derby Athlete is out today!

Featuring useful advice about fitness, training and nutrition especially for playing roller derby. Includes a Foreword by Suzy Hotrod, strategy articles by Bonnie D. Stroir and Pitchit Davis, on-skates training with Kamikaze Kitten and profiles of many of your favourite skaters including Raw Heidi, Red N Roll and many more!

https://www.facebook.com/TheRollerDerbyAthlete

Get your copy here!

UK: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-roller-derby-athlete-9781408832394

US: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-roller-derby-athlete-9781408832394

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Flat Track Fashion:The Roller Derby Look Book

My first book Flat Track Fashion: The Roller Derby Look Book has just been published this week. I spent a lot of time over the last year putting this project together, and now that it is finally finished, I can’t believe it’s real! I’m so pleased with the way the book has turned out.

Writing has always been a big passion of mine. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and studied English literature at university, both for my undergraduate degree and my Masters. After I finished studying, I continued to write fiction and poetry on my own and as part of a writing group, as well as bits of journalism here and there wherever I found an opportunity.

While I was still a postgraduate student, I got my first job working in publishing. I have since become an editor for a small publishing company and although editing books is a job I enjoy very much, there is nothing I enjoy more than having a large writing project to get my teeth into, other than playing roller derby of course!

In my previous job, the editorial department I used to work in had meetings every month where ideas for new books would be presented and discussed and then were eventually commissioned if they were deemed to be ‘good ideas’. At the time I started working there, I was just getting into roller derby. My colleagues listened and looked on in horror as I told them all my stories of what we did at practice, came in with bruises, played my first bout and fell in love with the sport. After I had been playing for a while, I started suggesting to my boss that we should publish a book about roller derby. I never dreamed that she would take the idea seriously and at first she laughed it off but I kept talking to her about the idea until one day she said ‘Ok then, write me a proposal’. So I did. I was editing fashion books at the time so I thought it would be great to make a beautifully designed, illustrated book with photos from all the leagues that have formed all over the world and really showcase the whole culture and style of roller derby and how it has developed over the years.

To my surprise, the company really liked the idea so I suggested that I write the book and manage the project myself. I really enjoyed the challenge and researching and writing about it all. There are chapters on everything from the history and origin of the sport to uniforms and logos, personal styles and fashions from leagues around the world, protective gear and skates, including the history of the roller skate, to menswear, referees and men’s roller derby, make up and tattoos, as well as a Foreword written by veteran skater Virginia ‘Cheap Trixie’ Evans of the Texas Rollergirls. I wrote to leagues all over the world and got some pretty amazing photos of some very stylish rollergirls from around the globe. We also did an exclusive fashion photo shoot with rollergirl models from London Rollergirls, London Rockin Rollers and Croydon Roller Derby especially for the book here in London in the atmospherically moody setting of a graffiti spattered tunnel under Waterloo station.

Photo by Danny Bourne

Photo by Danny Bourne

You can view a sample of the book here:

http://issuu.com/bloomsburypublishing/docs/flattrackfashion

Check out the Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flat-Track-Fashion-The-Roller-Derby-Look-Book/187343777993062

Watch a video about the book here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwMUuqAXl3c

Or buy the book here:

http://www.acblack.com/visualarts/Flat-Track-Fashion/Ellen-Parnavelas/books/details/9781408155011

Enjoy!


Roller Derby Events Calendar 2012

2012 is now upon us and it looks like we’ve got an exciting year of roller derby ahead of us. Check out some of this year’s great roller derby and skating events. I will add more to this as more forthcoming events are announced–watch out…

London Rollergirls first bout of 2012

Tickets available from http://www.londonrollergirls.com

 

Flat Track Fashion: The Roller Derby Look Book out 15th March 2012

 

 

Order your copy here: http://www.acblack.com/visualarts/Flat-Track-Fashion/Ellen-Parnavelas/books/details/9781408155011

Roller Derby European Cup

‎2012 Roller Derby European Cup
– The Battle for Europe Begins – Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 2012
Baltic Hall – Malmö Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/RollerDerbyEuropeanCup

Berlin 39th Inline Skating Marathon

September 29th 2012

http://skating.bmw-berlin-marathon.com/en/

Shoetown Slayers Default Strategy Day Bootcamps
Saturday, March 31
Sunday, April 1st
Two full days of Default Strategy with Pitchit.

http://nstsdefaultstrategy.eventbrite.co.uk/


SK8 Heaven –  UK Residential Roller Derby Bootcamp
5-7th October 2012 (Rookies) 12-14th October 2012(Advanced)
Weekend ticket – http://bit.ly/SK82012Special100
Day ticket – http://bit.ly/SK82012Special50
Just put in the notes on Paypal which weekend.

http://www.facebook.com/sk8heaven

2012 WFTDA BIG 5 TOURNAMENTS

North Central Region Playoffs
Sept. 14-16, 2012
Niagara Falls, New York
Hosted by
Queen City Roller Girls
West Region Playoffs
Sept. 21-23, 2012
Oakland, California
Hosted by
B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls
East Region Playoffs
Sept. 28-30, 2012
Essex Junction, Vermont
Co-Hosted by
Green Mountain Derby Dames
and
Montreal Roller Derby
South Central Region Playoffs
Oct. 5-7, 2012
Lincoln, Nebraska
Hosted by
No Coast Derby Girls
WFTDA Championship Tournament
Nov. 2-4, 2012
Atlanta, Georgia
Hosted by
Atlanta Rollergirls