National Writers’ Conference July 16 2016

I will be speaking at the National Writers’ Conference on July 16 2016 about  Writing Residencies and Fellowships. This year the event is held at the Bramhall Building at Birmingham University. You can book here.

This is  what they say about the event:

‘The event is chaired by Natasha Carlin. Panellists to include novelist Helen Cross, canal laureate Luke Kennard and Rachel Barnett all lecturers at University of Birmingham

Residencies and fellowships give writers an opportunity to develop their own interests and to work with other writers. Many – most – are paid and also provide a useful way to explore new writing areas. Novelist Helen Cross, poet Luke Kennard and Rachel Barnett -whose writing projects to date include original work, adaptations, translations, theatre in education projects, pieces for young audiences and young performers, and dramaturgy of collaborative devised work – will discuss how these opportunities are set up and run and give advice about working in this way.


Gosh Comics! London 16 May 2016

Carol Adlam and I will be speaking about our forthcoming graphic novel, Ministry of Women, at Gosh Comics! on Monday May 16 2016

7.30- .9.00pm

1 Berwick St


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.