Guildford Book Festival Readers’ Day

8 Sep 2017

Guildford Readers' DAy imageI’ll be appearing at Guildford Book Festival on Saturday 14th October, for ‘Readers’ Day’, alongside authors Rachel Joyce, Polly Clark, Fiona Barton, Veronica Henry and Penny Vincenzi, and chaired by novelist Fanny Blake.

Here’s the Festival’s description of what’s in store:

If you are an avid reader of fiction what better way to spend the day than in the company of some of Britain’s best-loved authors sharing their stories, their experiences and their inspirations, and all under one roof.

Hosted by Fanny Blake*, Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine, and a former publisher and author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, this interactive and enjoyable day for book lovers has been a popular feature of the Festival for many years. Early booking is essential for this event.

The event will take place in the Festival Marquee with lunch served in the cafe/bar area by WeFiFo chef. 

More information about this or the rest of the festival click here: Guildford Book Festival Readers’ Day


Thriller Queens in the Library

6 Sep 2017




Hillingdon Libraries event

Come to Hillingdon to talk to me, Sabine Durrant and Colette MacBeth about dark things.

27th September at 7.30pm


Cheltenham Literature Festival

6 Sep 2017

On 15th October, I’ll be at Cheltenham Literature Festival, interviewing author Sarah Moss, about her latest novel The Tidal Zone, and also crime author Minette Walters, who’s most recent book is The Last Hours. Tickets are on sale here:  Buy Tickets for Cheltenham Lit Fest


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


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