We know. We’re excited too. So here, without further ado, is the full line-up for Episode 9, which will take place on February 11th in the usual manner. For those who are new, the usual manner is this: Drink, Shop & Dance; 7pm; you; us; them; cocktails.
Yeah. Those things.
Speaking of them, this is they:
ESSIE FOX (click this! ) is the author of THE SOMNABULIST, ELIJAH’S MERMAID and THE GODDESS AND THE THIEF. Her work has been called ‘deliciously unsettling’ by the Independent, ‘Memorable and unusual’ by the Sunday Times and ‘beautiful and vivid and full of colour and depth’ by Meera Syal (which she said when THE SOMNABULIST was selecting for Channel 4’s TV Book Club, folks). Before becoming a writer, she worked as an illustrator – designing greetings cards, gift wrap and decorative ceramics, and she now divides her time between Bow and Windsor.
SAMANTHA ELLIS’s literary memoir, HOW TO BE A HEROINE (click this one! ), was called ‘an honest, warm and readable book about the plots we follow in order to make sense of our lives, the selves we adopt as we grow up and the selves we shed… Wise, courageous and endlessly generous’ by the Literary Review. (It was also included in Nicci’s Top-5-Things-She-Read-Last-Year, FYI). She is also a playwright, script-editor and journalist.
BEN JOHNCOCK (click it! ) is a novelist and writer. His short fiction has been published by The Junket and The Fiction Desk, and he is a regular contributor to the Guardian. In 2012, he won an American Literary Merit Award and the National Short Story Day competition. He is currently editing his first novel, and we are impatient to read it.
ANNA WHITWHAM (click go on! ) was born in 1981 in London, where she still lives. She is currently completing a PhD at Royal Holloway, where she also lectures. The Independent called her debut novel, BOXER HANDSOME, ‘like potato spirit in a jam jar’, which is right up our street, while the Observer said it was ‘lean, polished, and fit as its subject’ (and it’s about boxers, guys, so that is very fit indeed).
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