Discover New Authors Festival 8th May 2020


I know I am not alone in trying to get people to know about my books. There are a lot of talented authors out there, who are struggling to have their voices heard. So this Friday 8th May, I’m launching the first event in the:

Discover New Author’s Festival

9.15 – 4.30

Friday 8th May.

It will be an opportunity for you to find out about some brilliant authors you might not have heard of before.  I could have filled the slots ten times over, and may, in fact add a second day the following Friday, but to whet your appetite there will be contributions from:

Anne Booth, highly acclaimed children’s writer, her books include Girl With a White Dog (Catnip Books, nominated for the Carnegie Award), Refuge (Nosy Crow), the popular ‘Lucy‘ and ‘Magical Kingdom of the Birds’series.

Dr Judith Heneghan,  senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Winchester University (former Lead of Creative Writing MA),  former Director of the Winchester Writing Festival, celebrated author of Snegurochka  (Salt publishing) and many books for young people.

Patrick Kincaid , author and poet who has been shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2013 Fish Poetry Prize. Patrick’s  enchanting  debut novel ‘The Continuity Girl’ (Unbound) was published in 2017 and described by Jonathan Coe as ‘a wistfully entertaining romantic comedy ‘.

Baret Magarian , writer and journalist, currently living in Florence. His debut novel ‘The Fabrications’ (Pleasure Boat Studio) was published in the US in 2017 to ecstatic reviews. His short story collection ‘Melting Point’ (Salt) came out last year and has been highly praised for its inventiveness and literary flair. He has also written a short novella ‘Mirror and Silhouette’(Albion Beatnik Press).

Virginia Moffatt. author of ‘Echo Hall’ (Unbound, longlisted for the 2015 Bridport Prize), and ‘The Wave’  (Harper Collins, One More Chapter, shortlisted for the Summer 2015 Retreat West Opening Chapter Competition) a flash fiction collection and several works of nonfiction.

Helen M Taylor , founder member of the Women Writer’s Network a twitter community supporting women’s writers, and writes fiction and essays. Her first novel ‘The Backstreets of Purgatory’ (Unbound)  has been used by the University of Hull as a teaching text. She is currently seeking representation for her memoir about her experiences of being sectioned under the mental health act.

Ali Thurm , author and poet. Her first poetry collection was shortlisted for the  2015 Cinnamon Debut Poetry Collection and she was also shortlisted for the 2016 Bridport Prize. She has recently published her first novel ‘One Scheme of Happiness’(Retreat West Books) and is working on her second ‘The River Brings the Sea’.

Julia Williams  , commissioning editor and author. Her bestselling  books include ‘Pastures New’, ‘Last Christmas’A Merry Little Christmas, ‘Coming Home for Christmas’ and ‘The Bridesmaid’s Pact’ . (Avon Books, Harper Collins).

Further programme details will be published shortly!

If you’re interested in any of the books by any of the festival authors, please order from your local bookshop and help it stay alive during lockdown. You can find which bookshops are taking orders here.


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