Festival of Chichester events at Waterstones kick off next week with Helen Dunmore’s sell-out talk. The acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and poet will discuss her latest novel, The Lie on 19th June at 18.00 at Waterstones in West Street Chichester. Set in the wake of the First World War, “Helen Dunmore’s new novel brilliantly shows how the ghosts of war can still haunt peacetime” (The Scotsman). The Guardian was impressed with how Helen achieves “Tenderness out of tragedy” while The Independent reviews The Lie as “Hallucinatory… vivid… visceral”. Chichester Copywriter’s Katy has got her ticket at the ready and she hopes that you do too!
On 23rd Jun at 18.00 you can join Karen Stevens for the launch of Writing a First Novel – Reflections on the Journey (Palgrave, 2013). This inspiring collection of essays offers unique insight into the experience of writing and publishing a first novel. Some of the contributing authors – including Alison MacLeod, Jane Rusbridge and David Swann – will discuss the anxieties and discoveries that shaped their first novels. Award-winning author Isabel Ashdown, who ran a workshop at Chichester Copywriter’s first Writers’’ Retreat, will also take part in the lively writerly debate. Tickets for this event are £3.50 and are available from Chichester Tickets or from Waterstones, Chichester. Your ticket will also entitle you to £3 off of the purchase of Karen’s book.
The third and final Waterstones event in this year’s Festival is a talk by Naomi Foyle. On 7th July, poet and performer Naomi will bring her fiction to Chichester, with a reading from Astra (Jo Fletcher Books, 2014). This is a science fantasy novel about a young warrior heroine coming of age in a post fossil fuel world. Afterwards, Naomi will answer questions about the book, her research and her first science fiction novel, Seoul Survivors (Jo Fletcher Books, 2013). Tickets for this event are £3.50 and are available from Chichester Tickets or from Waterstones, Chichester.
Chichester Copywriter’s Writers’ Retreat – a weekend of writing workshops and publishing talks for writers of all stages and genres that’s ideal for those thinking about writing their first novel or non-fiction book – is also a Festival of Chichester event. To find out more or to book a place please contact Katy today.