by Inés Gregory Labarta
The North West Literary Salon has been bringing you stories, writers, music, food and the best literary company for almost a year now. As all the good things in life, our first season comes to an end, but our lovely hostesses, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Naomi Kruger don’t want to go without launching one last great literary party. Victorian mysteries, the possibility of learning why Creative Writing matters, and a writer who can use twitter to tell stories: all this on Friday 6th May, 7pm at Waterstones, Lancaster. Want to join us?
Paul McVeigh has written plays and short stories, but his first novel, The Good Son, came out in 2015. This story is set in the author’s hometown of Belfast during the troubles, and it has been said that it ‘envelops the reader with humanity and its down-to-earth humour leaves you laughing’. Paul is involved in several projects such as The Word Factory and the London Short Story Festival and shares writing tips and interesting news on his blog. Curious about him? Listen to his short story Tickles!
Sophie Duffy was bored so she decided to take a Creative Writing evening class in Sussex. Now she has three novels published and has received several prizes such as the Luke Bitmead Award for The Generation Game. We’re proud to say she’s also a graduate from the Lancaster University Creative Writing MA. Wish you could ask her how to achieve success in writing and publishing? Sophie shares her knowledge through Creative Writing Matters, a writing school of international reach.
Essie Fox started working in the publishing industry as an illustrator, and finally as a writer. All her gothic stories are inspired by the fascinating Victorian Era, so if you’re a fan of Penny Dreadfuls, corsets or spiritualism you probably want to read her novels. Her blog, The Virtual Victorian, will also bring you an insight into this period of contrasts. For example, did you know that mermaids liked to swim around Herefordshire? Elijah’s Mermaid is inspired by this belief…
If writing is your path, come to the final literary salon of the season to share experiences with people who have taken the same route. If you’re an avid reader, what could be better than having the author by your side, reading you her or his own words? Add delicious food from Lancaster’s local – and loved – bakery, Filberts, as well as live music and the best company – students, artists and book lovers.
Sound like a good Friday plan?
Check out our free tickets and bring along friends to celebrate the North West Literary Salon’s Anniversary!