Yes, after a short winter hiatus, Speakeasy returns. Three glorious authors, three extra-special readings. And – of course – the return of the Story Challenge: off-the-cuff fiction created on the spot on a theme chosen by you.
And those glorious authors? Well:
NIKESH SHUKLA is a writer of fiction and television. His new book, MEATSPACE, is out now and according to the Guardian, ‘Like Douglas Coupland’s Generation X, this novel captures a cultural moment.’ He is also the author of COCONUT UNLIMITED, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011, and lots of other pretty excellent stuff.
LUCY RIBCHESTER’s highly-anticipated debut novel, THE HOURGLASS FACTORY, was published last month, and described by We Love This Book as ‘fascinating historical mystery from a talented new author’. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013, and is now a freelance dance journalist and adult education tutor as well as a writer of fiction.
CHRIS KILLEN is the author of the critically-acclaimed THE BIRD ROOM, and now IN REAL LIFE, which the Guardian claims ‘has, in bucketfuls, heart.’ The Independent, by the way, called THE BIRD ROOM ‘an adroit, snappy debut, a dark and beguiling meditation on the weight of being… a novel so fresh it practically pings with energy.’ He lives and writes in Manchester.