Award-winning author Edward Docx explains how great stories are written – and teaches you how to do it!
Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Have you ever thought of becoming an author? Do you have lots of good ideas that you’d like to craft into something more substantial?
Then join us and award winning author and journalist Ed Docx on 17 June at 7.30 for an hour of insight, advice, encouragement and 10 practical tips on how to turn your thoughts into a professional storyline.
Ed has written four novels. He’s been longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber. He reviews contemporary fiction for the Guardian. And he’s been teaching the Guardian’s Masterclass for Fiction for the last seven years. He’s also hosted dozens of Arvon residential courses and has coached lots of private pupils – several of whom are now published.
Book nowand get some practical advice and top-quality inspiration? Best case, you’re the next J. K. Rowling. Worst case, you’ve had an interesting evening with lots of fellow book-lovers and garnered some fascinating insight into how your favourite authors created the stories you love. This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to write a book, and an entertaining evening for those who just like reading them and want to develop their literary insight and understanding.
Tickets cost £12, which covers entry plus a copy of Ed’s latest novel, Let Go My Hand, a darkly comic and moving father-and-son-and-family-secrets story (usual retail price £8.99). Email email@example.com or call us on 0207 431 3770
Diary of A Somebody: the freshest, funniest book you’ll read this year
Timed to perfection because who couldn’t do with some extra joy and poetry in our hearts, Brian Bilston is about to light up our lives with Diary Of A Somebody, a funny, touching, suburban novel that sparkles with humanity, originality and, of course, poetry. So exciting, then, that this most enigmatic and engaging of characters will be visiting us to talk about Diary on 18 June at 7.30
The book opens at New Year with Bilston, the unofficial Poet Laureate of Twitter, resolving to write a poem for every day of the year in order to reboot his life. His wife has left him, his son doesn’t understand him and his work life is a sea of spreadsheets and worse.
Diary could be the freshest, funniest, most endearing book you read this year.
Email or call to reserve your free place (firstname.lastname@example.org/0207 431 3770)
Kim Sherwood’s impeccable novel of family & legacy , love & identity is a real treasure
Of all her complicated family, Eva has always been closest to her grandfather. On his death, she discovers a letter from the Jewish Museum in Berlin hidden among his things and a whole hidden past of horror, survival, reinvention and courage in wartime Hungary emerges.
No wonder that Kim Sherwood’s debut novel, Testament, has been shortlisted for Best First Novel and the Desmond Elliot Prize, it is a fresh and original, hopeful and redemptive, impeccably researched and beautifully told and we are delighted that Kim will be here to talk about it on June 20 at 7.30pm
Entry is free, but please book via 0207 431 3770or email@example.com
The line up of authors assembling for the book festival in Queen’s Park reads like a Who’s Who of Literary movers and shakers.
The Festival, which this year runs over the weekend of 29th/30th June features talks from Damian Barr, Linda Grant, Jonathan Coe, John Lanchester, Sadie Jones and more with a special Seamus Heaney session with the late poet’s daughter Catherine.
Full schedule of events plus booking details at queensparkbookfestival.co.uk
Mick Herron & Jackson Lamb: they’re back and they’re brilliant
Monday 1st July 2019
The Slough House crew are headed to Joe Country & they’re not all coming home
There are few givens in this life, but if Mick Herron has a new novel out then a) it’s going to be brilliant and b) he’s going to give a talk at the bookshop because we think his Jackson Lamb darkly comic’n’wickedly twisted spy novels are the best thing since sliced bread.
So scramble West Hampstead & head here 1 July 7.30 to discover the sixth Slough House masterwork Joe County. Disappointment is not an option…just email or call us to book your free spot and if you can’t come, let us know and we can post a signed copy or you can collect from the shop the day after