Oh yes. We’re back with another gorgeous, glorious (if we say so ourselves) line-up. Four authors, four readings, one story challenge… And YOU. Come along. Please. We do love you so.
April 8th, Drink Shop & Do, from 7pm. The first reading’s at 8, so don’t be late.
NAOMI WOOD is the author of THE GODLESS BOYS (2011) and the brand-new, just published MRS HEMINGWAY (which Marie Claire said was ‘Luminous, intoxicating’). During the writing of MRS HEMINGWAY, she was the British Library’s 2012 Eccles Centre Writer in Residence, and also dragged herself on research trips to Chicago, Boston, Key West, Cuba, Antibes and Paris, because she is very, very dedicated. She teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmith’s, and is a Young Persons Ambassador at the British Library, a Speakeasy Alumna, and an all-round lovely person.
JASON HEWITT is an author, a playwright and an actor. He co-wrote a short play called One Last Thing, as well as writing the text for the immersive theatre experience, Episodic. His first full-length play, Claustrophobia, will have its public debut at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His debut novel, THE DYNAMITE ROOM, was published by Simon & Schuster this month, and has been called ‘Superb… Absorbing, suspenseful and with a beautifully poetic touch’ by Nathan Filer. As if all that wasn’t enough, he is currently working on a follow-up novel, a number of short stories and a new play.
ESSIE FOX 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 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.
CLAIRE MCGOWAN was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. After studying at Oxford and living in China and France, she now lives in London, where there aren’t any cows but there is the occasional murder in her street. She was previously Director of the Crime Writers’ Association and now teaches on the first ever crime-writing MA at City University. Despite being steeped in crime the worst thing she has ever done in real life is walk on some grass when the sign explicitly said not to. Claire is the author of THE FALL (2012), THE LOST (2013) and now, The DEAD GROUND. Lee Child called her ‘a knockout new talent you should read immediately’ so get right on it.
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