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The University of Huddersfield Presents
Sat 4 March 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 GMT
The University of Huddersfield Presents a FREE afternoon of author events, as part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival.
2pm: Anna Ralph Reading and Q&A
3pm: Stephen May, Reading and Q&A
4pm: Amanda Hodgkinson In Conversation with Jodie Matthews & Simon Crump
PLEASE NOTE: these events will now take place in the Harold Wilson Building (Rooms: HW3/17 & 18)
Anna Ralph: Reading + Q&A
Anna Ralph (aka Barker) is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Her first novel The Floating Island (Arrow, 2008) won a Betty Trask best debut award from the Society of Authors. It was inspired by the real floating island on Derwentwater in the Lake District and tells the story of Matt, a 15-year-old boy, who rows out to the island with his younger brother to plant a flag with disastrous consequences.
Her second novel Before I Knew Him (Arrow, 2009) was also inspired by the landscapes of the north-east and in particular the coast of Northumberland. Much of this novel, which was shortlisted for a Good Housekeeping good read award, drew upon the themes Anna had begun to explore in the first book: love, sexuality, memory, trauma, obsession and betrayal.
Stephen May: Reading + Q&A
Stephen May is a novelist, playwright and TV writer. His third novel Wake Up Happy Every Day (Bloomsbury 2014) came out in March 2014. His previous novel Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury 2012) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. It was translated into German as Wir Kommen Schon Klar.
Stephen’s first novel TAG (Cinnamon Press – 2008) was one of 10 books longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year and went on to win the Media Wales Readers' Prize.
His plays Back the World and Still Waiting for Everything toured nationally to good reviews.He also had an unhappy stint working as a storyline writer on A Top ITV continuing drama.
Amanda Hodgkinson in conversation with Jodie Matthews & Simon Crump
Amanda Hodgkinson is an award-winning British novelist. Her debut novel 22 Britannia Road was an international bestseller, an Amazon.com book of the year 2011, a Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee and was published in over 16 languages.
Spilt Milk is her critically acclaimed second novel, published in 2014. "Spilt Milk is a refracted version of real life, that impossible mess we inherit and muddle through, yet transmuted here into something shining and meaningful, told in beautiful prose" The Financial Times