A mini Festival in one day…

meet the authors

Tracy Chevalier is the author of ten novels, including At the Edge of the Orchard, Remarkable Creatures and Girl with a Pearl Earring, an international bestseller that sold over five million copies and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

Born in Washington DC, in 1984 she moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son.

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Anstey Harris lives by the seaside in a house full of violins wither her husband.  Anstey was born in Liverpool but brought up in the south of England, she was a reluctant student and has, as a penance, spent her entire working life as a teacher.  She currently teaches creative writing at Canterbury Christchurch College and in the community through her own company Writing Matters.

Anstey Harris lives by the seaside in a house full of violins wither her husband.

Anstey was born in Liverpool but brought up in the south of England, she was a reluctant student and has, as a penance, spent her entire working life as a teacher.

She currently teaches creative writing at Canterbury Christchurch College and in the community through her own company Writing Matters.

Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone.  Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.  Richard Roper lives in London. Something to Live For is his first novel.   @richardroper

Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone.

Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.

Richard Roper lives in London. Something to Live For is his first novel.

@richardroper

Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines.  She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail and she has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes. She was a judge for the Whitbread First Novel Award for the Costa Novel Award.

Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines.

She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail and she has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes. She was a judge for the Whitbread First Novel Award for the Costa Novel Award.

Elizabeth Macneal lives in East London and is a professional potter working out of a studio at the bottom of her garden.  Elizabeth completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA, with the opening chapters of The Doll Factory forming her dissertation.  The Doll Factory features in The Bookseller’s ‘Ten Not To Miss"‘ feature of seasonal highlights.   @elizabethmacneal

Elizabeth Macneal lives in East London and is a professional potter working out of a studio at the bottom of her garden.

Elizabeth completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA, with the opening chapters of The Doll Factory forming her dissertation.

The Doll Factory features in The Bookseller’s ‘Ten Not To Miss"‘ feature of seasonal highlights.

@elizabethmacneal

Adele Parks was born in Teeside, and her first novel Playing Away was published in 2000 and since she has had eighteen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa Award.  She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, with her husband, son and cat   @adeleparks

Adele Parks was born in Teeside, and her first novel Playing Away was published in 2000 and since she has had eighteen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa Award.

She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, with her husband, son and cat

@adeleparks

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote Ralph’s Party when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job.  Fifteen bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and two daughters. Lisa writes every day in her local café.   @lisajewelluk

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote Ralph’s Party when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job.

Fifteen bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and two daughters. Lisa writes every day in her local café.

@lisajewelluk