I’ll be chairing an evening with debut novelist Amy Mason. Fresh from winning the Dundee International Book Prize, Amy will be launching her novel The Other Ida:
“Funny, bright, bold and exciting. Sparkles with originality and insight.” – Viv Groskop
Almost 30 and entirely irresponsible, Ida Irons returns home for her mothers funeral. It’s the first time she’s been back, or seen her younger sister Alice, in many years.
Their mother was the caustic and secretive writer Bridie Adair, who named Ida after her infamous play. While Ida has been struggling to escape its shadow, Alice has been dealing with problems of her own. Forced to confront their fractured relationship, the sisters question their own troubling memories and the story behind the strange, violent play that bears Ida’s name. Who really was the other Ida?
Discussion panel: Novelists on the Novel
Join four dynamic novelists (Beatrice Hitchman, Zoe Pilger, Paul Vlitos, and Tabish Khair) for a discussion about the challenges and joys of penning a novel, and the path they’ve taken to publish their work.
Chairman of the Historical Writers Association, Manda Scott, is in conversation with Tom Harper and Beatrice Hitchman, in an attempt to capture more than a series of clashing monologues but the essence of contemporary thinking on history.
Manda Scott, founder and chairman of the HWA, novelist, columnist and broadcaster talks with Tom Harper, who studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford and his novels have been sold into twenty languages, from Brazil to China. And, Beatrice Hitchman who read English and French at Edinburgh University and worked as a documentary film editor, also writing and directing short films.
What are the prospects for a first-time writer? What is the key to discovering new talent and what role does the independent sector play in nurturing the stars of tomorrow? Writers and editors talk about their publishing experiences, with a panel discussion followed by a Q&A chaired by Erica Wagner (Literary Editor of The Times), featuring Amy Sackville (Granta), Bea Hitchman (Profile/Serpent’s Tail), Patrick Flannery (Atlantic), Ellah Allfrey (Granta editor), and Ravi Mirchandani (Atlantic Books)
Liverpool Literature Festival – First Words: Debut Authors in Discussion
How hard is the road to getting your first book published? Is being an author all you expect it to be? These questions and many more will be answered by debut novelists of 2013 Beatrice Hitchman, Sarah Butler and Gavin Extence, John Ironmonger and Kerry Hudson who debuted in fine form in 2012. They will also offer tips to budding debut novelists out there too.
Bristol’s wonderful LBT Women’s Networking night regroups for a night of prosecco, plotting and Petite Mort…
Tickets are £6 for entry/ £12 for entry + signed first edition hardback copy. Venez nombreux(/ses)!
Beatrice Hitchman will be reading from Petite Mort at 2013’s Polari Literary Salon on the 26th February.
The February event in the Polari at Southbank Centre series celebrates the best in new LGBT literary talent with the Polari Book Prize. There’s also a showcase of queer fiction, poetry and performance, with contributions from Neil Alexander, Charlie Bauer, Stella Duffy, Bethan Roberts and Marco Mancassola.