Apart from running the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, I also take part in lots of events around the UK and abroad. These include giving talks about writing, self-publishing and book marketing, reading my stories before an audience, and selling my books at fairs and festivals.
I leading two monthly writers’ groups and co-organise a third:
- The Bristol Authors’ Alliance meets on the first Wednesday of every month, at Foyles Bookshop, Cabot Circus, from 6pm till 8pm
- The Cheltenham Authors’ Alliance meets on the third Tuesday at 10.30am at the Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade
- The Oxford Authors’ Alliance, which usually meets every other month, currently in Manos Greek Food Bar in Jericho
I am a regular speaker on the Alliance of Independent Authors‘ online event, the Indie Author Fringe, which takes place three times a year to tie in with the three biggest book trade fairs in the world – the London Book Fair, Book Expo America and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
I am a regular panelist on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly Book Club, part of Dominic Cotter’s lunchtime show and an occasional guest on Suzie Grogan’s 10Radio BookTalk show.
Otherwise this year I’m focusing on events relating to my own books and writing, rather than as a consultant to other authors so as to ringfence more of my time to writing. Here are my current bookings:
Writers’ Unchained Story Sunday Sunday 19th March
I’m glad to have been asked to perform my short story “The Emperor’s New Wall” as part of a special evening taking as its theme “Another Country”.
Artful Stories Thursday 6th April
Kicking off an exciting new series of spoken word events in the new Cheltenham art gallery, Chapel Arts, I’m pleased to have been invited to read my short story “The Impressionists”, taken from my flash fiction collection Quick Change.
Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival Saturday 22nd April
As well as directing this free one-day festival, I’ll be launching my debut novel, Best Murder in Show at this fun event in my home village.
Novel London Friday 2nd June
I’ll be holding a London launch event for Best Murder in Show at Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road, in tandem with fellow novelist Jill Marsh
Stroud Short Stories Sunday 5th November
I’ll be co-judge for the autumn submissions, as I was in 2017 – very much looking forward to reading all the entries.
Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival – Summer Pop-up Event Saturday 26th August
We’ll have our usual stall at the Hawkesbury Upton Horticultural Show to spread the word about our main April Festival, and I’ll also be launching the second in the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries series, Trick or Murder?
If you’d like me to attend your event, please feel free to contact me.
Highlights of 2016 included:
- discussing the future of the industry as part of a panel of experts at the New Generation Self-publishing Summit
- offering book promotion advice to the Wrexham Writers’ Circle
- reading a short story from Marry in Haste at Writers’ Unchained spring event, the St Valentine’s Day Hangover
- speaking on the topic “A Relative History” about using self-publishing projects to capture local history in the making and to preserve it for future generations to the Tetbury History Society
- joining three other local authors, A A Abbott, Lucienne Boyce and David Penny, in the first of Foyles’ new Local Author Reception events talking about our work, giving brief readings and chatting to guests over complementary refreshments, at Foyles Bookshop, Bristol
- organising the 2nd Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival to include a new Children’s Festival section as well as a wide range of events to appeal to adults
- speaking about self-publishing at the annual Troubador Self-Publishing Conference in Leicester
- speaking about self-publishing to the Writers in Oxford Group
- talking about promoting self-published books at the May meeting of Novel Nights (Bristol)
- reading from my short story collection Marry in Haste at the Evesham Festival of Words’ Festival Bookshop launch
- returning to Dublin to speak at BooksGoSocial Writers’ Conference for authors, alongside a terrific line-up of speakers including Laurence O’Bryan and Catherine Ryan Howard
- leading a self-publishing workshop Evesham Festival of Words answering all the “who, what, why, where, when and how” questions you need to know, and also reading one of my short stories at their Open Mic session
- giving a talk to the Hawkesbury Upton Women’s Institutecalled “Reading – Past, Present and Future” about how changing technology has affected and will continue to affect reading habits and opportunities for writers
- giving a talk to the Romantic Novelists’ Association on how to deal more effectively with bookshops
- describing the Author’s Journey in the 21st Century to the Sopworth Ladies Group
- performing at Cheltenham Literature Festival, the biggest and longest-established lit fest in the UK, reading my short story “The Alchemy of Chocolate” as part of the Stroud Short Stories showcase
- judging the autumn Stroud Short Stories night
- being on the monthly panel of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Book Club presented by lunchtime host Dominic Cotter
Highlights of 2015 included:
- speaking to the MA class about self-publishing and blogging at The Publishing Project, Winchester University
- taking part in a special one-day conference entitled “Is Everyone Now a Publisher?” at Dr Alison Baverstock’s Kingston University Author Conference
- speaking at IndieReCon live from Foyles flagship bookstore on the Charing Cross Road, London
- speaking at Whitstable Literature Festival alongside novelist Hattie Edmonds
- being part of a panel organised by New Writing North at Newcastle Writing Conference at Northumbria University
- giving a quick-fire sessons on self-publishing at Winchester Writers’ Festival
- talking marketing in parallel with Catherine Ryan Howard and Laurence O’Bryan at the Dublin BooksGoSocial Writers’ Conference
- leading a seminar in Watford on book promotion and marketing at the Get Writing! Conference
- organising and running the first ever Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival in April, followed by a mini pop-up edition at the Hawkesbury Village Show in August
- being on the monthly panel of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Book Club presented by lunchtime host Clare Carter
Highlights of 2014 for me included speaking at the Cambridge Literary Festival, the London Book Fair and Chorleywood Literature Festival’s Indie Author Fair and SilverWood Books‘ Open Days.