Thursday, 26 February 2015

New Writing North Read Regional

Here is the latest New Writing North Read Regional newsletter for my followers:

February 2015
We are delighted to finally share the list of titles for Read Regional 2015, which runs from March to June in libraries and book groups and at literary festivals in the North East and Yorkshire.
Read Regional aims to connect writers in the North of England with their readers, by putting their books into libraries and hosting intimate, book-group sized events where readers can meet the author and discuss their work. We partner with 19 local authorities in the North East and Yorkshire to reach readers across the region.
For event listings, see We hope you will join us!
Click on the links to go to the website and read each of the authors introducing their work.
Stephanie Butland
Stephanie Butland is a professional trainer specialising in creativity and thinking skills. A prominent blogger, she has written two books about her life with cancer. Letters to My Husband (Transworld) is Stephanie’s first novel, about marriage, loss and learning that life moves on whether you want it to or not. For fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes. Stephanie lives in Northumberland.
Alan Gibbons
Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide. He lives in Liverpool and travels globally. Alan is well-known for his high profile ‘Campaign for the Book’ and school visits. Hate (Indigo) is a young adult thriller, based on the true story of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in 2007 for the way she dressed.
Tim Leach
What does it mean to be happy? Tim Leach’s debut novel is inspired by the writing of Herodotus and follows the life and eventual downfall of Croesus, the king of Lydia who believes his unimaginable wealth should make him the happiest man alive. The Last King of Lydia (Atlantic Books) is a richly imagined journey into an ancient world, where many of the concerns remain pertinent today. Tim lives in Sheffield.
Lauren Owen
Lauren Owen grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. She is a graduate of St Hilda’s, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture at Durham University, and is the recipient of the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. A feast of supernatural, gothic horror, The Quick (Vintage) is her first novel. Lauren lives in Durham and York.
Bryan and Mary Talbot
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette (Jonathan Cape) is the new graphic novel from the Costa Award-winning authors of Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Bryan and Mary Talbot. Telling the inside story of the campaign for votes for women, the book follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of Edwardian Britain. Bryan Talbot is a well-known graphic novelist and author of the Grandville series. Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar of language, gender and power. The Talbots live in Sunderland.
Debbie Taylor
Debbie Taylor is the founder and editorial director of Mslexia. Her previous novels, including The Fourth Queen and Hungry Ghosts, have been critically acclaimed. Her evocative new novel, Herring Girl (OneWorld Publications), moves back and forth between the 19th century and the present, where an unsolved murder from the past is troubling a young boy. Debbie lives in North Tyneside.
Robert Williams
Robert Williams grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire and currently lives in Manchester. His first novel, Luke and Jon, won a Betty Trask Award, and was translated into six languages. His second novel, How the Trouble Started, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction. He has worked in a secondary school library, as a bookseller, and has written and released music under the name The Library Trust. Into the Trees (Faber and Faber) is a haunting, lyrical novel set in the Bleasdale forest, to which its characters are unexpectedly drawn.
Ellen Phethean
Ellen Phethean is a sound artist, poet, playwright and editor and, with Julia Darling, the founder of Diamond Twig Press. She spent 20004 as writer in residence at Seven Stories, where she wrote Wall, a teen novel in poems. Her poetry has been widely broadcast and anthologised and her first full poetry collection, Breath, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award in 2010. Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman (Red Squirrel Press) is her latest collection. Ellen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Helen Tookey
Helen Tookey has worked in academic publishing, as a university teacher in creative writing at Edge Hill University and as a freelance editor. Helen also worked for The Reader literature outreach organisation (2004-2007), where she ran a poetry reading group in a hospital and other community reading groups. Her short collection, Telling the Fractures, a collaboration with photographer Alan Ward, was published by Axis Projects in 2008. Her verse was anthologised in New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011). Missel-Child (Carcanet) is her first full poetry collection. Helen lives in Liverpool.
John Wedgwood Clarke
John Wedgwood Clarke has worked as an actor, a landscape painter, and university lecturer. After studying literature, he set up and directed the Beverley Literature and Bridlington Poetry Festivals, before leaving to become a Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Hull in 2012. He is currently UK & Ireland editor for Arc Publications, and regularly collaborates with visual artists and curators on public-art projects and exhibitions. Ghost Pot (Valley Press) is John’s first full-length collection. John lives in Scarborough.
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