In fact I’ve got a couple I’m working on as I’m working with a newly-published author on another one.
I’m discussing here the one that I’m holding on 29 March. It will run from 6.30 p,m. until 9.00 p.m. and in many ways will replicate what happens in an actual event. I’m working with four other lovely ladies.
We’ll each take the “floor” for half an hour each so the schedule runs like this:
Jenny Palmer 6.30 – 7.00
Jenny Palmer lived and worked abroad and in London for many years, teaching English to foreign students. She has co-edited four anthologies of short stories, published by the Women's Press and Serpents Tail. Following her return to Lancashire in 2008, she self-published two memoirs and a family history. 'Nowhere better than home' is a childhood memoir about growing up in rural Lancashire in the 50s and 60s. 'Pastures New' is the sequel and covers the heady days of the 70s and 80s. 'Whipps, Watsons and Bulcocks: a Pendle family history' traces the history of her family, who have lived in the same house for 400 years. Her poems and short stories have been published in the Lancashire Evening Post, on the Cafelit website and in various local anthologies. 'A59' and 'Fatal Flaws' are in the Best of Cafelit 3 and 5.
Libby O’Loghlin 7.00 – 7.30
Libby O’Loghlin is an Australian novelist and prize-winning short story writer who has co-founded various community orgs in Switzerland including The Woolf Quarterly, an online cultural magazine. Her Young Adult coming-of-age action adventure, Charlotte Aimes, was longlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award in 2015. She also writes collaboratively as one half of Political Thriller author Christoph Martin (The Expansion, coming May 2).
BOOK Charlotte Aimes: getBook.at/CharlotteAimes (global book linker for Amazon)
or via the webpage charlotteaimes.com
Clare Weze 7.30 – 8.00
About me and my writing:Born in London and raised mostly in Yorkshire, I have British and Nigerian* heritage, so of course, I love everything Scandinavian (not just The Killing and The Bridge, but Danish cakes too). I also like jazz, blues, big cities, deep countryside and hares. (If the hares happen to be boxing, it’s the icing on the cake.)
I came to writing via a circuitous route. Or rather, my writing was hijacked by other careers along the way, beginning with a stint as a hairdresser in London’s West End. A science degree naturally followed from that (!), then postgraduate studies, which led to work in the fields of biomedical and environmental research. I now divide my time between editing scientific publications and writing fiction. The two marry well.
My first book was Cloudscapes over the Lune, a collaboration with Mary Sylvia Winter, Melissa Bailey, Sarah Dobbs and Kay Douglas to raise money for two children’s charities.
In 2014, Curiosity Quills published Gears of Brass, a steampunk anthology featuring my story ‘The Archive Room’.
The Snowflakes anthology came out in 2015, published by Bridge House Publishing and featuring my story ‘Undertow’.
Awards:I’m delighted to have won a Northern Writers’ Award to support the development of my new short story collection.
The first draft of The House of Ash was shortlisted for the Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize 2012, run in association with Puffin Books and RCW Literary Agency. This book is now in final edits.
(* Weze is pronounced way-zay)
Catherine Green 8. 00 – 8.30
Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.
If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.
More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, The Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!
You can find Catherine in the following places:
Author blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen
The Pagan Housewife Blog: http://spookymrsgreen.com/
Gill James 8.30 – 9.00
Gill James writes fiction for middle grade and young adults. She is currently working on a cycle of novels set mainly in Nazi Germany.
She is published by Crooked Cats, Tabby Cat Press, The Red Telephone and Butterfly. She is a part-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at Salford University.
She offers workshops on creative writing, book-building, creative writing in other languages and the Holocaust and life in Nazi Germany.
She taught modern languages for 23 years in various schools and has continued to make school visits as a writer of fiction for children and young adults.
Sample fiction: http://gillssamplesundays.blogspot.co.uk/
About the Schellberg Project http://www.thehouseonschellbergstreet.com/
Author blog: http://www.gilljameswriter.eu/
What we’re offering
We’re each giving some things away. Ah! You’ll have to come along to find out what.
There will be quite a lot on offer. There will also be a tombola with a substantial prize from each of us. Everyone who joins us at any time will be put into the draw for the tombola.
It’s going to be a hoot. Do join us! Register here.