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The London Library Emerging Writers Showcase

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John O'Farrell hosts a showcase of exceptional talent from the inaugural cohort of The London Library Emerging Writers Programme.

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As The London Library Emerging Writers Programme enters its third year, we showcase the exceptional talent of the inaugural cohort with readings from From the Silence of the Stacks, New Voices Rise, an anthology of work produced throughout their year with the Library. Featuring poets Helen Bowell and Isabelle Baafi, novelists Amber Medland and L M Dillsworth, short story writer Deborah Torr, playwright Carmina Bernhardt and hosted by author, comedy screenwriter and London Library Ambassador John O’Farrell.

Isabelle Baafi is a poet and writer from London. She was awarded the 2019 Vincent Cooper Literary Prize. Her debut pamphlet, Ripe, was published in Autumn 2020 by ignitionpress.

Carmina Bernhardt is a writer for film and stage, an actor, director, and acting coach. She completed her first full-length play during The London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme.

Helen Bowell is a London-based poet and arts administrator. She is co-founder of Dead [Women] Poets Society, and an alumna of The Writing Squad, the London Writers Awards and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

L M Dillsworth lives and works in London. In 2018, she graduated from Royal Holloway’s MA in Creative Writing with distinction. Her novel, Age of Monsters, is forthcoming from Windmill.

Amber Medland read English Literature at Cambridge and has an MFA (Fiction) from Columbia University in New York. Her debut novel, Wild Pets, will be published by Faber & Faber in Summer 2021.

Deborah Torr is a South London writer and UEA graduate. Shortlisted for the Sunderland Short Story Award, Deborah has words in Reflex Press, Fictive Dream and Fiction Kitchen Berlin.

John O'Farrell has written for shows including Spitting Image, Grumpy Old Men and Have I Got News For You. His humorous non-fiction books and novels have been translated into around 25 languages and adapted for radio and television and include The Man Who Forgot His Wife and An Utterly Impartial History of Britain.

N.B. This is an online event. You will be sent a link 24hrs before the event and the link will remain valid until the end of 13 June.

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