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7th October 2019


Alyson Rudd, Kate Morrison, Diana Skelton, Ruby Cowling, Christopher Impey, Deirdre Shanahan, Kaethe Cherney, Sophia Jai, Nick Cox, Bobbie Darbyshire and Marianne Kavanagh.

…presented by up and coming standup Donnette Brown.

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Kate Morrison is a British debut novelist. She studied English Literature at New Hall College, Cambridge and worked as a journalist and a press officer. Morrison was mentored by Ros Barber, the award-winning author of The Marlowe Papers and Devotion. She was a visiting scholar with the Book, Text, and Place 1500- 1700 Research Centre at Bath Spa University. Kate Morrison currently lives in West Sussex with her family. 

Alyson Rudd has been a financial reporter, a football writer for The Times, and for eight years, the editor of The Times Book Club. Her debut novel THE FIRST TIME LAUREN PAILING DIED, about a young girl who lives a different version of herself after she ‘dies’ comes out in November. She has over 10,000 followers on Twitter and you can follow her at @allyrudd_times.

Marianne Kavanagh
has worked as an editor and writer on a number of magazines and newspapers, including Marie Claire and the Telegraph. She has written four novels. The first two were romantic comedies that sold all over the world. The third, SHOULD YOU ASK ME, is historical crime, and the fourth, DISTURBANCE – published by Hodder & Stoughton next March – is crime and psychological drama, about a lonely woman driven to the edge by rejection and betrayal. Marianne has lived in London for years, drifting steadily southwards via the Elephant, Loughborough Junction and Herne Hill. She now lives in East Dulwich. | Twitter: @MarianneKav | Instagram: @mariannekavanaghwriter

Ruby Cowling was born in Bradford and lives in London. Her short fiction has won awards including The White ReviewShort Story Prize and the London Short Story Prize. Publication credits include Lighthouse, The Lonely Crowd, Wasafiri, the Galley Beggar Press Singles Club and numerous print anthologies. Her collection This Paradise – described by the TLS as “admirably ambitious”, by The Spectator as “beautiful and highly original” and by Mslexia magazine as “truly phenomenal” – was published by Boiler House Press in April 2019. @rubycowling |

Christopher Impey is an award-winning journalist and radio producer. He spent nine years working in HMP Brixton where he was Managing Editor of National Prison Radio – the world’s first national radio station for prisoners. He has madea number of documentaries for Radio 4, including London’s Oldest Prison, based on his research into HMP Brixton. He currently works for The Economist. @chris_impey | Tangerine Press

Sophie Jai was born and raised in Trinidad, and grew up in Toronto. In 2017, she was selected as an Emerging Writer for Canada’s Festival of Literary Diversity. She is the Artist in Residence at the Oxford Center for Hindu Studies and a Book Reviewer for Words of Colour. Her debut novel, Wild Fires, was the the winner of the 2019 Good Literary Agency and Borough Press Competition and will be published in Spring 2021.


Kaethe Cherney is a native New Yorker with a background in film production and development, acting, theatre and contemporary art. She holds an MA in Script Writing from Goldsmiths University.  Her short film and two one-act plays have been produced in London, where she lives with her husband and two children. ‘Happy as Larry’ is her first novel, which has been optioned for TV by New York Post Entertainment. / Instagram: #happyaslarrynyc

Nick Cox’s work has been put on at Edinburgh Fringe and London theatres. He writes and performs words and music.  His forthcoming novel – Liberty – pitches gratification against morality and is the thinking man’s answer to Islamophobia.


Best Crossbow For Hunting

Deirdre Shanahan published her first novel, ‘Caravan of the Lost and Left Behind,’ from the award winning independent Bluemoose Books in May this year.  She won the Wasafiri International Fiction Prize last year and has won awards for her stories about using the best crossbow for hunting which will be published as a collection in 2020. She has won an award from Arts Council England, Spread the Word, and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.Her fictionhas been published fiction in ‘The Best of British Short Stories 2017,’  ‘New Writing,’ from Vintage / British Council. Some of her work has been published in the USA in ‘The Massachusetts Review’, ‘The Southern Review’ and ‘The Cimarron Review’.

Diana Skelton lives and works in Camberwell. She has three children and is part of All Together in Dignity / ATD Fourth World, a worldwide anti-poverty movement. She will speak about Until the Sky Turns Silver, a 2019 Indie Next Generation Book Award finalist that was co-written with civil rights heroine Jean Stallings. Their publisher, Sondiata Global Media, is a UK-based social enterprise that helps the African diaspora tell their story. Although this is Skelton’s first foray into fiction, her non-fiction books include Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty, and UNICEF’s How Poverty Separates Parents and Children.

@DianaSkelton | Blog:

Bobbie Darbyshire won the 2008 fiction prize at the National Academy of Writing and the New Delta Review Creative Nonfiction Prize 2010. Her latest novel is ‘The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker’, and she is also the author of ‘OZ’, ‘Love, Revenge & Buttered Scones’, and ‘Truth Games’.  She has worked as barmaid, mushroom picker, film extra, maths coach, cabinet minister’s private secretary, care assistant, adult-literacy teacher, and in social research and government policy. Bobbie lives in Battersea and hosts a writers’ group.

@bobbiedar | Amazon author page: