AWARD-WINNING authors are heading to two of Liverpool’s libraries in a celebration of writers from the north of England.
As part of the Read Regional campaign – which encourages people to enjoy the works of authors based in the North – four writers will take part in free readings and question-and-answer sessions at Liverpool Central Library and Allerton Library.
The ‘Meet the Author’ sessions at Liverpool Central Library will include:
- Andrew Michael Hurley – the Lancashire-based author’s first novel The Loney, won the Costa Best First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards in 2016, and is currently in development as a feature film. Devil’s Day is his second novel. His ‘Meet the Author’ event will take place on Tuesday 7 May at 6pm.
- Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – this Ugandan novelist and short story writer now lives in Manchester and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014 for her first novel, Kintu. Her work Let’s Tell This Story Properly won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Jennifer will speak on Thursday 30 May at 6pm.
- Clare Shaw – this critically acclaimed poet often addresses political and personal conflict, and is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language. Clare’s session will take place on Thursday 13 June.
The ‘Meet the Author’ event at Allerton Library will take place a 6pm on Thursday 23 May and will be led by Tony Williams who won the Saboteur Award for best short story collection for All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten and currently lives in Northumberland.
As part of the Read Regional campaign, all of Liverpool’s libraries will stock 12 new titles by writers from the North of England. The books are:
Children’s and Young Adult
The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
The Impossible: On the Run – Mark Illis
Slip of a Fish – Amy Arnold
His Dark Sun – Jude Brown
Devil’s Day – Andrew Michael Hurley
You Me Everything – Catherine Isaac
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Kintu
What Falls Between the Cracks – Robert Scragg
Nutcase – Tony Williams
The Blackbird Diaries – Karen Lloyd
Flood – Clare Shaw
The Black Cab – John Challis
Find information about all of the events and download free reading guides for each of the titles at www.newwritingnorth.com