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Past Events

September 2023

An evening with Louise Doughty and Catherine Ryan Howard

Two award-winning thriller writers join us to talk about the craft of writing page-turners, TV adaptations and their latest novels.
July 2023

Trust no one… An evening with Lisa Jewell

There was a real sense of excitement and expectation in the air as Lisa Jewell was welcomed onto the stage by our host Joe Haddow (presenter and host of the BBC Radio 2 show The Book Club).

Lisa is a world-renowned, best-selling, and highly accomplished author who has authored several popular books. Over the course of the evening, Lisa shared insights into her creative processes, revealed what inspires her and answered questions directly from the audience. There were more than a few laughs as Joe and Lisa recalled various moments from her books and Lisa revealed how those moments were inspired. The real highlight, however, was having Lisa read a section of her latest book, None of This is True, and based on the long queue for a copy afterwards, this left an impression on us all.

June 2023

Time travel anyone? An evening with Steve Jones and Holly Smale

Steve and Holly’s good-humoured stories delighted and entertained our audience. Both authors shared inspirations, interesting reading preferences and writing habits they had developed along their journeys. Holly revealed how she was certain that she wanted to be an author by the age of four, and Steve told the story of how he first got the idea for his debut novel, which had started bubbling away five years ago. When it came to writing style, interestingly, both authors wrote wherever they could – in cafes, hotel rooms, on planes, buses and even while working other jobs. Both agreed (contrary to popular opinion) that writing does not take place in a vacuum!  

 Steve is now writing his next book and Holly is currently executively producing a Netflix show based on her smash hit Geek Girl series.