Upcoming events: September – October 2016

A couple of upcoming events in the North West, and in London: you can catch me at Gladfest (Wales); the Chester Literature Festival; and Waterstones Piccadilly.

I’ll be doing two events this year at Gladfest, one of my favourite literature festivals, held at the beautiful Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales (2-4th September)

For those who’d like to hear me discuss The Map of Bones (and doubtless many other writing-related things), I’ll be in conversation with Dr Louisa Yates on Sunday 4th September (1-2pm).

With Louisa Yates at Gladfest in 2014, discussing The Fire Sermon (pre-publication – the series’ first public event!) Photos by Andrew North.


And for any writers struggling with knowing when your novel is finished, I’ll be running a hands-on workshop (Saturday, 3rd September, 11am – 12.30pm). Here’s the spiel:

Are you nearing the end of a writing project and wondering whether it’s as good as you can make it? Keen to send it out to agents and publishers but nervous about letting it go? This relaxed, hands-on session will help you turn a critical eye to your work and provide tips for sharpening your manuscript.

Please note: although this session will be most useful for those who have finished, or are nearing the end of, a novel, all writers at any stage of their projects are warmly welcome.

Details for both events, and links to book tickets, are here.

I recommend that you check out the other events at Gladfest too. It’s a great and varied line-up, including the brilliant Sarah Perry, and Val McDermid. More details here.

The gorgeous atmosphere at Gladfest, Gladstone’s Library (photo by Andrew North)


You can also catch me at the Chester Literature Festival, where I’ll be running a workshop on ‘Writing Dystopian Fiction’, Sun 9th October. I had a great time speaking at the Chester Lit Fest in 2014, and am looking forward to being back there this year. Here are the details of what to expect in the workshop:

Ever wanted to write dystopian fiction? Interested in what makes The Handmaid’s Tale so chillingly prescient, The Hunger Games so gripping, or The Road so devastating? This workshop will discuss why authors and readers keep returning to dystopian stories, and will push you to consider how you can make your own dystopian fiction striking and new. What is it that makes an effective dystopia, and how can you use these ideas to make your own writing more effective?

Come prepared to write, as this interactive workshop will have you interrogating your ideas, and trying out new ones. Francesca will also be happy to answer any questions about writing and publishing.

Details and booking here, and you can read about the rest of the Chester Literature Festival programme here.

For those of you in London, I’ll be joining a crew of talented novelists at a panel in a fantasy novelists panel at Waterstones Piccadilly on Wednesday 12th October. The event is to celebrate the launch of The Girl on the Liar’s Throne, the third book in Den Patrick’s excellent Erebus trilogy. As well as Den and me, there will also be Jen Williams, Stephen Aryan, and Peter Newman. The Waterstones website says:

Come along and meet some of the most exciting voices in fantasy writing, ask them questions and get some extra insight into five phenomenal fantasy trilogies.

It promises to be a lively and relaxed event – I hope to see you there. Tickets are free, but details and reservations are here.