The wonderful Ness Book Fest is fast approaching and I’m delighted to be on the line-up.
I’ll be reading a snippet from a new short story as an introduction to Sarah Fraser’s event on Saturday 5th October. We’re both exploring past lives. I’ll tell the tale of two women accused of very different thefts; while Sarah will discuss her historical biography, ‘The Prince Who Would be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart’, a TLS book of the year.
I’m looking forward to it already.
I am delighted to be a guest reader at The Garsdale Retreat this August. The novelist and playwright Hannah Vincent is leading a residential fiction course, The Blank Page: Novel Writing for Beginners—and I’ll be popping down to this beautiful part of the Dales to read one of my short stories to the writers.
Poet Paul Deaton has described The Garsdale Retreat perfectly: ‘a northern sanctuary for writers across the UK.’ Their programme offers fiction, memoir, poetry, playwriting and songwriting courses, tutored by writers such as Janice Galloway, Ian Duhig, Willy Russell, Jo Bell and many more… And their food, I can say from experience, is mouthwatering.