News and Events

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This is the page where you can read about what I've been up to recently, what I'm doing at the moment and what's coming up in the near future. (scroll down for past events)

Forthcoming events (scroll down for past events and interviews):

* for details of forthcoming workshops, please go to the 'workshop' page

Latest news:

My new novel, What She Lost, will be out on 9th March, and I'll be doing a few events to promote the book - scroll down for details. 

Here's the blurb:

Eleanor and her mother Marjorie have always had a difficult relationship and although they’ve tried, they have somehow just failed to connect.

    Now Marjorie has Alzheimer’s, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, ‘There’s something I have to tell you’, Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.

    But Marjorie’s memory is failing fast and she can’t recall what she wanted to say. Eleanor knows time is running out, and as she tries to gently uncover the truth before it becomes lost inside her mother’s mind forever, she begins to discover what really happened when she was a child – and why…

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16 March 2017What She Lost - Sheffield launch and signing 
Venue: Waterstones, 24-26 Orchard square, Sheffield S1 2FB 
Time: 6.60-8pm

23 March 2017: What She Lost – London launch and signing
Venue: Waterstones, Greenwich Cutty Sark, 51 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BL
Time: 5.30-7pm

Event details: Both events are free, so do come along to join me in a glass of wine to celebrate. Of course, I'd love you to buy the book from Waterstones, too - I'll sign it, obvs - but that isn't compulsory. I'll be reading from the novel, then answering questions afterwards. I'll be giving away some lovely bookmarks, too. You don't need a ticket, but it would be great if you could go to my Facebook page and click 'going' on the relevant event, just so we have an idea of numbers 

17 June 2015
The Italian translation of The Secrets We Left Behind is published by Leone Editore under the title Segretti Inconfessabli, which translates (very roughly) as Unmentionable Secrets

5 May 2015  Publication of The Secrets We Left Behind by US publisher, Skyhorse

1 April 2015 -

The German edition of The Things We Never Said Is published by Aufbau under the title, Ich Habe Dich Immer Geliebt, which translates as: I Have Always Loved You. I quite like the cover which is similar to the English version in that it shows a woman by the sea, and we can't see her face (or in this case, her head!)

January 2015: Chuffed  to find The Things We Never Said on this list of Top 10 Riveting Reads of 2014

December 2014: I'm thrilled to announce that The Things We Never Said has been nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award

I was interviewed in August by Amanda Saint  of Retreat West

I was interviewed in February by the journalist Lucy Walton for the Female First website: Female First

I was interviewed in March by Ian Souter of the Sheffield Telegraph. You can read the interview here

I was interviewed in May for The Sheffield Star. You can read the interview here

Another lovely interview, this time with book blogger, The Book Trail: A cuppa and a cake with Susan Elliot Wright

I was interviewed by the lovely Amanda Saint recently for her Retreat West blog Amanda organises fabulous writing retreats and short story competitions. Here, we talk about the importance of writing competitions and writing retreats as part of a writer's development

Past events

31 March 2016 Eten book club, Sheffield. talking about The Things We Never Said (private event) 

28 January 2016: Leeds Trinity University, MA talk as visiting lecturer (private event)

Saturday, 31 October 2015, 5.30 - 7.30. Culture Bite festival event: How to Write a Novel and Get It Published. Venue: Uxbridge library, 13-14 high Street, Uxbridge UB8 1HD Fellow bestselling author Rachel Hore and I will be in conversation with Simon & Schuster's fiction editorial director, Clare Hey. The evening will consist of a talk and Q&A session with the panel, a chance to mingle with the panel and a fantastic goody bag to take home! You'll also be able to buy our books and get them signed! it should be a great night! Tickets available HERE

Thursday 29th October 2015, 7.30-9.30 - Off-the-Shelf event: Hallam Writers On The Road ... to Publication our popular 'roadshow'. If you're trying to get published or you're interested in the process of writing, finding an agent and becoming a professional writer, come along and pick our brains! Hallam writers are myself, Russell Thomas, Jude Brown, Marion Dillon, Stacey Sampson, and Beverley Ward. Between us, we have a wealth of experience that we're happy to share. . The event is free!! Venue: The Red Deer, Pitt Street, Sheffield, S1 4DD

Saturday 17th October 2015 - 1-day workshop: Planning a Novel - have you started a novel and are not sure where to go next? Maybe you've just run out of steam? Or do you simply have an idea for a novel that you'd like to develop? This workshop is suitable for new and experienced writers, but probably not for complete beginners. 
Full details, including prices/venues etc can be found on the workshops page

Saturday 10th of October 2015, 2pm - Off-the-Shelf event: A Slice of Sheffield with Susan Elliot Wright  I'll be giving a short reading, then talking about my work with particular reference to how I use place and setting. You'll be able to ask questions afterwards. (and of course you can buy a book and get it signed!) Venue: St Aidan's Church, Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1UF 

4 June 2015, 6.30- 8pm - Derby Book Festival: The Road to Publication. I'll be speaking alongside fellow Sheffield writers James Russell, Marion Dillon, Beverley Ward, Jude Brown and Stacey Sampson - collectively known as Hallam Writers. We'll be doing short readings and talking about the ups and downs of our writing lives, including how we found our agents, our journeys to publication etc. Come along and pick our brains with your questions. Venue: Waterstones, Saint Peters Street, Derby, DE1 1SR Tickets: £4 details here

26th March 2015: Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. Guest speaker.

12th February 2015: Leeds Trinity University, MA talk as visiting lecturer (private event)

17th December 2014: University of Lincoln, MA talk as visiting lecturer (private event)

29th November 2014: Book signing at WH Smith, 38-40 Fargate, Sheffield, S1 2HE. Starting at 1.30pm. Come along and say hello – I'll be there until 3.30, or for as long as there's someone to chat to or sign books for.

13th December 2014: Book signing with: Bill Allerton, Berlie Doherty, Bryony Doran, Caroline Pitcher and Danuta Reah. We'll be signing copies of our own books as well as the anthology Watch and Wait (see 21st October). Do come and say hello! Start time: 1.30pm

21st October 2014: Launch of Watch and Wait, an anthology of short stories. I'll be among around a dozen fabulous writers reading from stories we've contributed to the anthology, which is published by Cybermouse MultimediaThe evening, which is an Off the Shelf event, will be hosted by the broadcaster Trisha Cooper. The anthology is gifted to The Lymphoma Association by the publisher and contributing authors, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to them. Venue: The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11. Time: 7pm - closing time! Tickets available here: launch of Watch and Wait anthology

15th October 2014: Sheffield's Off the Shelf Literary Festival: If you missed the Wakefield event, here's another chance! To do or not to do?  I'm part of a panel of writers discussing the pros and cons of an MA in writing. Venue: The Red Deer, 18 Pitt Street Sheffield, S1 Time: 7.30

11th October 2014: A one-day writing workshop in Sheffield - it'll be a fun, productive and inspiring day, packed with writing exercises, readings and lots of writerly chat. For full details and to book, hop over to the Workshops page

4th October 2014: Ilkley Fringe Festival: I'll be part of a panel of writers talking about how we got into print. Venue: The Wildman stage, Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley, LS29. Time: 9pm-10.30pm Entry: Free Click for details We'll also be signing books at Ilkley WH Smith in the afternoon on that day, too. The address is 24, the Grove Ilkley LS29 9EE

20th September 2014:  Wakefield Literary Festival:  To do or not to do? I'll be part of a panel of writers discussing the pros and cons of doing an MA in writing. Venue: The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 Time: 2pm-3:30pm Entry: Free  Hallam Writers at Wakefield Literary Festival

Launch of The Secrets We Left Behind - 21st May 2014
My new novel is coming out on 8th of May, and to celebrate (and hopefully sell a few books!), there will be a launch event at Waterstones in Orchard Square, Sheffield, S1 on Wednesday 21st May from 6.30 to 8pm. I'll be reading, taking questions, and signing books. Do pop in if you're in the area – there will be wine!

More exciting news!
Just found out that I've been longlisted for the Waverton Good Reads Award. I'm in stellar company! Waverton Longlist

Exciting News! 
I'm delighted to announce that The Things We Never Said has been shortlisted in the 'Contemporary' category for the romantic novel of the year award. Those of you who have read the novel maybe slightly surprised – as I was! But I'm pleased that what I'd always hoped would come over as a strong love story at the heart of the novel has been recognised.

Read Regional events
I'm thrilled to announce that The Things We Never Said has been picked as part of the Read Regional campaign organised by New Writing North. This means I will be doing readings, talks and Q & As in libraries around the north in the early part of 2014. The majority of these are public events, so do come along if you can - perhaps I'll see you there? 

To find out more about the Read Regional campaign, see:

Past events:
Read Regional event: 30 April 2014 at 7pm Riverside library, Rotherham, with James Wheatley (author of Magnificent Joe)
Read Regional event: 24 April 2014 at 7pm Newcastle City Library (with Rebecca Muddiman, author of Stolen). This event is open to the public.
Read Regional event: 20 March 2014 at 7pm Gateshead Central Library (with Sarah Stovell, author of The Night Flower.)
Read Regional event: 15 March 2014 at 2pm Ecclesall Hill library, Bradford
Read Regional event: 12 March 2014 at 1:30pm  Darlington Library (with Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods) Reading group event, but open to all.
6 March 2014 Leeds Trinity MA talk (Private event) 
5 March 2014 at 7:30pm  Denby Dale Library Tickets available here:
Read Regional event: 26 February 2014 at 7pm Hull Central Library 
Read Regional event: 8 February 2014 at 2 pm Stockton Central Library (with Sarah Stovell (author of The Night Flower) 
Read Regional event: 5 February 2014 at 6pm South Shields Central Library (with Rebecca Muddiman, author of Stolen)
Read Regional event: 12 May 2014 at 7pm Pontefract library, Wakefield, with Sarah Stovell (author of The Night Flower)

Wed Oct 16, event for Off-the-Shelf Literary Festival
If you're in or near Sheffield, why not pop along to meet me and fellow novelists Jane Rogers, Marina Lewycka and James Wheatley at the Pennine lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University? We'll all be doing readings from our novels and then taking questions.The event is absolutely free and you can book in advance, so if you want to know more about our books and how we wrote them, or if you just want to pick our brains about the writing MA at Sheffield Hallam, come along and join us for the evening. It starts at 8pm. More details here: Four novelists event

 On The Literary Sofa
I was delighted to be asked to be guest author on Isabel Costello's increasingly popular book blog, On The Literary Sofa this month. The Things We Never Said is told from two characters' viewpoints and set in two different time periods, so Isabel asked me to share my thoughts about writing a dual narrative.  

Book Launch!!
The biggest news recently is that the launch of my debut novel, The Things We Never Said, took place at Waterstones in Sheffield at the end of May and was a roaring, stonking, runaway success! Despite the fact that it was pouring with rain and had been doing so all day long, lots of lovely people turned up to support me and hear me read from the novel - and drink some wine, of course!  After the reading, I answered a few questions and then sat down to sign some books. First, I discovered I didn't have a pen! What a rubbish author! My only defence is that I'd been so excited about the evening, I forgot to put the special pen I'd bought for the purpose into my bag before I came out. Fortunately, a kind soul came to the rescue and lent me a pen; unfortunately, several books later, the ink ran out, halfway through a signing. Fortunately (again!) I knew the person concerned, and she quickly produced another pen and declared herself delighted with the fact that the signature - now in two different colours of ink - made her book unique and desirable!
It was a really great night. I was deeply touched by all the congratulations and good wishes, and extremely pleased that Waterstones actually sold out of the book! Overall, I don't think it would be exaggerating too much to say it was one of the best nights of my life.

Publication Day!! 
The Things We Never Said is finally out there on the shelves! It's been a great day, with lots of messages of congratulation and good wishes, including a lovely card from my agent, and some beautiful flowers from my editor and the team at Simon & Schuster.

Thrilled that The Things We Never Said has been picked as one of Isabel Costello's Top 10 Summer Reads! See what else is on the list hereTop Ten Summer Reads