Gibraltar Literary Festival November 2018

25 Oct 2018

Creepy Criminals:

How to write Suspense, Crime and Thrillers

With Peter Kemp

Nov 18th

John Mackintosh Hall

In this discussion-based session, Lucy Atkins offers techniques, tips and tactics for aspiring authors. Lucy talks about how she crafts her own ‘noir’ fiction, exploring her writing process – from plotting (or not) to researching beetles for The Night Visitor, and getting up at 5am to write. She will focus specifically on techniques for creating suspense and tension – and why every author needs them. The session will include information for aspiring authors on how to find a literary agent, and how to get a book published.

Tickets here 

 

Wantage Literary Festival – Saturday 27 October 2018

25 Oct 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction Masterclass – How to get your Book Published

Lucy Atkins and Fanny Blake

Saturday 27th October 12.30pm @ The Beacon

Join this expert master class on how to get your novel published. Everything from editing, agents, publishing, will be discussed. Lucy and Fanny are two award-winning bestselling authors, one a Costa judge, the other an ex-Penguin editor. Come armed with your questions! £10

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Fiction Panel with Nicola Cornick, Lucy Atkins and Fanny Blake.

Saturday 27th October 2.15pm @ The Beacon

Too good an opportunity to miss! Thriller writer Lucy Atkins and romantic novelist Fanny Blake are joined by international historical bestselling author Nicola Cornick. They will be discussing their personal experiences and love of writing. This event will be compered by Vivien McCoubrey.

 

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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

 

Charleston Literary Festival 2017

30 May 2017

On Saturday I interviewed novelist Sarah Perry at the Charleston Literary Festival in Sussex, about The Essex Serpent. I grew up nearby in the nearby town of Lewes and it meant so much to me to be back on home turf. Here are some pictures of the weekend, which happens at the beautiful Charleston Farmhouse, home of Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister) and a Bloomsbury Group hub. The church is in the nearby village of Berwick and was decorated by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Quentin Bell – it’s quite extraordinary.  Sarah’s event was packed but most of all I wish I’d taken a picture for you of the green room, which is the original farmhouse kitchen, with a decorated colander lampshade, and a scrubbed pine table groaning with scones and clotted cream, Victoria sponges, ginger biscuits, pots of tea…Hard to leave.

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Oxford Literary Festival events

16 Mar 2015

FT Oxford Literary Festival 2015

I’ll be chairing a few events at the 2015 FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival this month:

Esther Freud and Rose Boyt  – sisters, novelists, daughters of artist Lucian Freud talk about growing up in a creative family at 12pm Monday 23 March.

Marion Coutts author of The Iceberg: A Memoir, a powerful and moving account of her husband art critic Tom Lubbock’s death from a brain tumour in 2008. At 4pm  Tuesday 24 March.

Maggie Gee, Priya Parmar, Michael Whitworth talk about Virginia Woolf, family friends and a lasting legacy. At 10am Friday 27th March.

 

see www.oxfordliteraryfestival.org for more details and tickets.