Wantage Literary Festival

31 Aug 2017

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I’ll be at the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival on 22 October, 2017 talking about the Night Visitor as well as how to write a thriller, how to get your book published. Come and ask me lots of questions about your writing and mine.  Buy a ticket here Wantage Tickets


Oxford Literary Festival 2017

23 Feb 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 18.01.15I’ll be interviewing some terrific authors at the Oxford Literary Festival next month (and seeing a few as an audience member too – Elif Shafak, Paul Auster among others).  We’ll be in the beautiful Corpus Christi College, which is having its 500th birthday and has opened its doors to the festival to celebrate.

I’ll be talking to Jo Cannon, author of the Sunday Times bestselling novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, a beautiful book, just out in paperback.

Then there’s Clover Stroud, whose memoir of her mother’s catastrophic riding accident, The Wild Other, is extraordinary and captivating.

I’ll be interviewing Victoria Hislop about her new book, Cartes Postales From Greece (she’s bringing a slide show!)

and finally I’ll be talking to the famous Louise Doughty about her fascinating new novel, Black Water. Louise’s previous book, Apple Tree Yard, was recently made into a gripping BBC Drama (I’m sure we’ll talk about that too).

Tickets are on sale HERE now, for these and other Festival events.

An evening with Peter May at Waterstones Oxford

19 Jan 2017

I’m interviewing the great Peter May at Waterstones Oxford next Monday night about his new crime novel, Cast Iron. He’s a brilliant talker, with so much to say about writing, the writer’s life, crime fiction, Scotland…. Cast Iron is one of his ‘Enzo Files’ novels. Here’s a bit about the book:


In 1989, a killer dumped the body of twenty-year-old Lucie Martin into a picturesque lake in the West of France. Fourteen years later, during a summer heatwave, a drought exposed her remains – bleached bones amid the scorched mud and slime.

No one was ever convicted of her murder. But now, forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing this stone cold case – the toughest of those he has been challenged to solve.

Yet when Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence surrounding Lucie’s murder, he opens a Pandora’s box that not only raises old ghosts but endangers his entire family.

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How to Write a Novel (without losing the plot)

19 Nov 2016

psychologies-workshopI’ll be talking about writing, with novelist Elizabeth Heathcote and my editor at Quercus, Stef Bierwerth at an event for Psychologies magazine. It’s for all writers-to-be, in London on 7th December. Come!

More info here: How to Write a Novel workshop tickets

It’s Greenwich Book Festival!

28 Apr 2016

Greenwich Book Festival 2016I’m doing two events at this lovely, lively festival in beautiful Greenwich, London at the end of May.

How to Get Your Book Published, with Fanny Blake on Saturday 28 May 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30.

This is always a sell-out workshop. Fanny is an incredible authority, a senior publisher for many years, now Woman & Home books editor and a successful novelist. She’s a very good egg – I love running this workshop with her. Read more about the event here.  Buy tickets here for How to Get Your Book Published.

I’m also delighted to be chairing Inside Grip-Lit on Saturday 28 May 12-1pm.

Come and meet marvellous thriller writers Fiona Barton (The Widow), Sam Baker (The Girl Who Ran) & Gillian Slovo (Ten Days). We’ll be exploring what it takes to produce gripping psychological suspense, and how their careers in journalism, magazine editing and playwriting have influenced their novel writing.  Buy tickets here for Inside Grip-Lit 


Oxford Literary Festival Charlotte Brontë event

3 Apr 2016

Really looking forward to talking about Charlotte Brontë with Tracy Chevalier, who has edited a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Eyre (Reader, I Married Him) & Claire Harman, author of a new biography (Charlotte Brontë : A Life).

For more info and to buy tickets click here:  Oxford Literary Festival Bronte Event


Liar, Liar at Chipping Norton Literary Festival

11 Feb 2016

Who are literature’s best liars? Who do we love for their duplicity?

Authors C.L. Taylor, Amanda Jennings, Lucy Atkins and Hannah Beckerman debate fictional fibbers: Amy (Gone Girl), Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) and Briony (Atonement). Audience participation is encouraged – who’s your favourite fictional fraud?

Tickets on sale here: Liar, Liar 

Chip Lit Fest 2016 Liar, Liar Panel 2016


Victoria Hislop at Cheltenham Literature Festival

24 Sep 2015

I’m just reading The Sunrise for The Cheltenham Literature Festival, where I’ll be interviewing the marvellous ViIMG_7171ctoria Hislop whilst eating a two-course lunch consisting of delicious foods from Greek and Cyprus. I am not sure how the logistics of this will pan out (spinach in the teeth…tzatziki on black trousers…) but it will be a thrill to talk to such a much loved author.

It’s on 10th October, 2015 at 1pm.

Tickets here http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2015/victoria-hislop/

Get Published Masterclass at Guildford Book Fest

8 Sep 2015

Fanny & Lucy at Blenheim Lit Fest


Fanny Blake and I will be running our How to Get Published masterclass at this year’s Guildford Book Festival. We talk about everything you need to know to get your book (non fiction or fiction) published including: dos and don’ts of finding a literary agent (do you even need one?), what editors do, should you self-publish, and much much more.

Fanny Blake is terrific –  a successful novelist, Woman & Home literary editor, and publishing expert (she was a really big cheese in publishing for many years). She also happens to be a marvellous person. So – come and see us!

Wednesday 14th October, 2015.  7.15-8.45 pm

Book your tickets here: Guildford Book Festival

Licensed to Thrill: Blackwell’s Oxford Event:

20 Jul 2015

Nice and close to home (possibly on all levels) – author Clare MackIntosh and I will be at Blackwell’s Oxford discussing how and why we write psychological suspense novels.  Clare is the author of I Let You Go (see www.claremackintosh.com)

Friday 11th September. 19.00-20.00.

Tickets on sale now: £3 from Blackwell’s Oxford. email:  events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.

Blackwells event

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