This is the page where you can read about what I’ve been up to recently, what I’m doing at the moment and what’s coming up in the near future.
Monday 9th March, (Free event) Talk at Highfield Library to coincide with International Women’s Day – Writing Motherhood
I’ll be talking about the mothers in my books with particular reference to the flight of Cornelia Blackwood, but also touching on my other novels. All my work explores various family relationships, but motherhood in all its complexity is a recurring theme
Venue:Highfield library, 281 London Rd., Sheffield S2 4NF
Time 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Saturday 14th March, Writing Masterclass at Sheffield Central Library (tickets £25) Writing Fictional Characters with myself and Russ Thomas, author of Firewatching
Venue: The Carpenter Room, Central Library, Surrey St., Sheffield S1 1XZ
Time 10 :00 – 3: 30 p.m.tFull details and booking details can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-masterclass-writing-fictional-characters-tickets-89032064301
Tuesday 17th March, (free event) Talk at Hillsborough Library: Characters and their Environment. I’ll be talking about the importance of setting in my work, and explaining how the landscape, seasons, and weather have a profound effect on shaping characters and influencing their lives in terms of their actions and reactions.
Venue: Hillsborough Library, Middle Wood Rd., Sheffield S6 4HD
Time: 7 PM – 8 PM
13th October 2019 – I’ll be appearing alongside the poet and novelist Helen Mort as part of this year’s Off The Shelf Festival to talk about my novel, The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood. there will be a Q&A with the audience after the talk, and Helen and I will be signing copies of our books.
Venue: the Cadman room, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood is out in paperback on 19 September – hurrah!!
On 23 September, I take up my post as Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sheffield University, which makes me sound like a proper grown-up!
I can npw announce that in September this year, I will be taking up a post at Sheffield University as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. I am very chuffed about this.
So I can now reveal the paperback cover for The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood! As you can see, it has a very different feel from the hardback.
The paperback edition will be out 19th September.
Had a fabulous launch event for The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood on 28th Feb. If you’d like to see a couple of video clips of the talk and a short reading, hop over to my Facebook page
The book was published in February in hardback! It’s my first ever hardback book, and it looks absolutely beautiful. You can order the book here
Very excited because the first proofs of my fourth novel, The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood, have just arrived! This book addresses some of my favorite themes around motherhood, although it’s a little darker than my previous novels. Out in February 2019
My third novel, What She Lost, was published in March 2017
Eleanor and her mother Marjorie have always had a difficult relationship and although they’ve tried, they have somehow just failed to connect.
Now Marjorie has Alzheimer’s, and as her memory fades, her grip on what she has kept hidden begins to loosen. When she calls her daughter to say, ‘There’s something I have to tell you’, Eleanor hopes this will be the moment she learns the truth about the terrible secret that has cast a shadow over both their lives.
But Marjorie’s memory is failing fast and she can’t recall what she wanted to say. Eleanor knows time is running out, and as she tries to gently uncover the truth before it becomes lost inside her mother’s mind forever, she begins to discover what really happened when she was a child – and why…
Publication of The Secrets We Left Behind by US publisher, Skyhorse
1 April 2015 –