Readers’ Day at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

The north of England is home to some of this country’s most exciting writers and on Saturday, March 14, three of them, Natalie Haynes, Stephen May and Helen Cadbury are welcomed to Ropery Hall for Readers’ Day.

“Whether you love reading or have always wanted to find out how writers get published or what goes into researching a book or if you just want to hear great stories from those who write them, join us for Readers’ Saturday – a chance to get to know these three terrifically entertaining writers in the company of fellow book lovers,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk

Presented by Northern Accent, a new series of literature events, Readers’ Day is an amazing chance to watch presentations by all three writers and participate in in-conversation sessions looking at all aspects of writing, not to mention the chance to chat to the authors over lunch and a cup of tea.

Natalie Haynes’  first novel, The Amber Fury, has already garnered rave reviews from her peers including Lionel Shriver.  Writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist Natalie  was once a stand-up comic and has  judged the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2012, and the Man Booker Prize in 2013.

Another author with a debut novel,  To Catch A Rabbit,  is former actor and teacher Helen Cadbury’s.  Partially set in York the book was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award.

Stephen May is a novelist, playwright and TV writer and his third novel  Wake Up Happy Every Day was published a year ago.  His first novel, TAG, published in 2008 won the Media Wales Readers’ Prize while his second novel Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize.

Hosting the event is James Nash, one of the North’s foremost poets and writers, who works in schools, runs workshops with writers’ and readers’ groups and hosts events.

The event, presented by Northern Accent runs from 10.30am until 3pm and the price, £18, includes a buffet lunch and light refreshments.

 

 

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