June Events: Fabulous Fiction in Harpenden

4 Jun 2018

Great co-authors & goody bags for all! Tickets here 

Oxford Literary Festival 2018

1 Feb 2018

Upcoming events at Oxford Literary Festival 2018

 Saturday 17th March – Lucy Atkins & Mick Herron ‘Secrets and Spies’

Screen Shot 2018-01-31 at 10.20.54Mick Herron is the author of the Jackson Lamb series of spy novels. The first, Slow Horses, was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the 20 greatest spy novels of all time. The most recent in the series is Spook Street, winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017.

Mick and I will be talking about the secrets and spies at the heart of  our novels, and about writing flawed and unlikeable characters. Interviewed by Hannah Beckerman.

Tickets here: ‘Secrets & Spies’

Saturday 24 March –  Ruby Wax ‘How to be Human’

I’ll bScreen Shot 2018-01-31 at 10.19.08e interviewing the great & wise Ruby Wax about her new book How to be Human, the Manual at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Wax has had a successful 25-year career as a comedian, television performer and writer. She also has a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from the University of Oxford and was awarded an OBE for services to mental health.

More details & tickets here 





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

Gibraltar event

18 Nov 2014

Kate Mosse, Joanne Harris, Erica Wagner, Gibraltar 2014 Kate Mosse, Joanne Harris, Erica Wagner, Gibraltar 2014

I am sitting in Gibraltar Airport lounge, surrounded by Literary Festival dignitaries – from where I’m parked, I can see Lord Carey, Ben Okri, Claudia Roden, Nicholas Parsons, and Patti Boulaye.  If the plane goes down (yikes) there’ll be some fabulous headlines.

The Gibraltar Literary Festival has certainly been an interesting  – and intense – experience.  I was here for a panel discussion skilfully chaired by Erica Wagner (for many years literary editor of The Times), along with writers Joanne Harris and Kate Mosse. Among other things, we talked about the politics of book jackets: how novels by women are often dumbed down, visually, and in the process, trivialised.  Then Mosse made a point that says it all: ‘if David Nicholls had been Davina Nicholls,’ she said, ‘there would have definitely been a kiss on the cover of One Day.’ Later, I went to hear Mosse talk about her excellent new novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter (which she called ‘a bit of fun’, making me want to curl up in the foetal position and give up writing forever). Mosse set up the Orange (now Bailey’s) prize for Fiction and told the story of how, at the prize’s launch, the first question from the media was: ‘Are you a lesbian?’

You’d think the literary world would be enlightened, egalitarian, valuing only talent but there is still a long way to go (even though women buy more books than men). People like Mosse and Harris and Wagner – and the brilliant Maggie Gee, (another fascinating talk in Gibraltar), who speak out about this, articulately and uncompromisingly and with humour, are an inspiration.  I am coming off the rock feeling very lucky to have met them.

Maggie Gee at Gibraltar 2014 Maggie Gee at Gibraltar 2014