Over the past couple of years I’ve jumped at the chance to say yes to taking part in literary events in Bristol and further afield and have been lucky enough to talk on panels at the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, the Bristol Festival of Literature, and the Oakwood Literature Festival in Derby.
At the beginning of 2019 I was appointed Director of Children’s and Teen Events for the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival (HULF), and along with founder Ellie Freeman, I’ve co-founded Storytale Festival, a new children’s book festival taking place in Bristol over October half term.
I’ve run creative writing sessions for a summer holiday club at Torwood House School in Bristol, and I hope to continue taking workshops into primary schools based around my Time Shifters series.
October half term (Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November) will see a new children’s story festival come to Bristol. I’ve been helping Ellie Freeman to create a programme of diverse events for children of all ages which will feature a whole host of authors, illustrators and storytellers local to Bristol and the surrounding area.
Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival (Saturday 27th April 2019, 10am – 5.30pm)
At the 5th HULF, the brainchild of cosy mystery author Debbie Young, I planned, organised and ran the children’s and young adult events in the Bookworm Tent. There was be an art workshop with Linda Alvis at 11am, followed by two Meet the Author sessions at 12pm and 2pm featuring children’s and YA authors Dawn Brookes, Debbie & Anna Gilmore, JM Forster, Jak Harrison, Wendy H Jones, Angela James, James Minter, Betty Salthouse, Trevor Stubbs, and myself.
Oakwood Literature Festival (Saturday 18th May 2019, 10am – 5pm)
Invited back by festival founder, Dawn Brookes, I returned to Derby for the second Oakwood Lit Fest, chairing the Creating New Worlds panel with Rae Stoltenkamp and Sophie Sparham, reading from The Baobab Beach Retreat for the romance readings, and discussing romance on the It’s Not all Mills & Boon and Barbara Cartland panel.
At the fourth HULF (my second), I took part in a panel discussing Writing for Children and the notion that ‘there’s no such thing as children’s stories – just great stories’. I also chaired the contemporary fiction readings featuring Rod Griffiths, Nicola Kelsall, Josephine Lay, Thomas Shepherd, Katharine E Smith and Stella Wilkinson.
It was exciting to be a part of the first Oakwood Literature Festival in Derby. I chaired the first lot of readings on the day featuring authors Debbie Young, Josephine Lay, Darren Young and AA Abbott, and talked on the Riveting Fiction, and Engaging Children and Teenagers with Reading panels.
I was delighted to be invited to talk on the Choosing Your Publishing Path panel in the wonderfully inspiring location of Ashton Court Mansion. Chaired by radio journalist and writer Michael MacMahon, the panel featured traditionally published crime writer Jane Shemilt, publisher Richard Jones of Tangent Books, and literary agent Kate Hordern.
My first experience of a literary festival taking part as an author! I did a workshop and reading from Time Shifters in the Children’s Bookworm Tent, and read from The Butterfly Storm in the contemporary fiction readings chaired by Ali Bacon.
Alongside indie authors AA Abbott, Debbie Young and Lucienne Boyce, Michael MacMahon chaired our discussion about all aspects of self-publishing to a packed room of writers.