Inspiring Women Workshop as part of F= Festival of the Body March 2016

I will be running a writing workshop called Inspiring Women in Leeds on Tuesday 29 March as part of F=  Festival of the Body.

Inspiring women are at the heart of many lives and stories. Who are the women who have inspired you in your life? Who are the inspiring female characters at the centre of your stories? In the first half of this workshop I will guide you in revealing or creating complex, memorable and inspirational women for all kinds of stories, from novels to radio plays and screenplays. In the second half of the workshop I will show ways of letting these women speak, in bold, brilliant and believable voices.

The workshop is free and all are welcome to welcome to attend.  More details and to book here.

F= is an interdisciplinary research group based at Leeds Beckett University exploring the significance of feminism in creative practices. The group is led by Jo Hassall, Dr Casey Orr, Laura Robinson and Dr Liz Stirling with associate members including cultural workers, mothers, academics, researchers, mothers.


University of Birmingham – B-Film Event 3rd December 2015

I will be speaking at the University of Birmingham at the inaugural event of a new B-Film series dedicated to screen adaptations of literary works. The evening is dedicated to the work of Pawel Pawlikowski and we will talk about his adaptation of my novel, My Summer of Love.

The event will be presented by Dr Andrew Watts of B-Film, University of Birmingham. There will be a screening of MY SUMMER OF LOVE introduced by Dr JOANNA RYDZEWSKA of Swansea University, author of a new critical biography of Pawlikowski. Followed by round table discussion and Q A chaired by PROFESSOR ROGER SHANNON.

The event is Thursday 3 December at the University in Strathcona LT1 5-8pm – All welcome.


Ilkley Literature Festival Saturday 17 October 2015

Another date for the John Godber, Peter Sansom, Helen Cross tour.  Ilkley Literature Festival are promising ‘A brilliantly entertaining afternoon of readings and conversation with a trio of acclaimed writers – playwright, novelist and poet – as they talk about their relationship with the North.’  We’ll do our best!   You can book here.

A Good Read – BBC Radio 4 16 June 2015

You can listen to actress Helen Baxendale and I discussing our favourite books with Harriett Gilbert on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read  here.

The selection includes a treatise on re-wilding Britain by George Monbiot (‘Feral’), a novel about the culture clash between two women from very different backgrounds, ‘The God of Chance’ by Kirsten Thorup  (my choice), and an award-winning memoir, ‘The Three of Us’ by Julia Blackburn.


Graphic Anthology 2015/16

wipers-times-200Carol Adlam and I are working together again, this time on a new commission for the National Army Museum. Over the next eighteen months we will write, illustrate and publish a graphic anthology of  new stories about women’s experiences, contemporary and historical, in the British Army.    It follows on from our previous work together,  on The New Wipers Times,  a graphic anthology to commemorate The Wipers Times.

BBC Radio 4 Fact to Fiction

UnknownMy edition of BBC Radio 4’s Fact to Fiction will be broadcast on Saturday 6 June 2015 at 5.40pm.   The play will be written during the preceding five days, as a response to the week’s news.