Archive for October, 2015

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City Reads


I’m delighted that The Humans has been chosen as The City Reads book for 2015! City Reads is an annual citywide reading festival which aims to spread a love of books and ideas to the widest possible audience throughout Brighton & Hove. There’s so much going on around the city- see the events programme here. Thanks to Sarah and everyone at City Reads. If you’ve taken part in the City’s annual ‘big read’ then do join me for the final event at The Old Market in Hove. I’ll be discussing The Humans with journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark. Tickets are available here.


BBC Young Writers’ Award winner

bbcywa201515 year-old Brennig Davies from Wales won the first-ever BBC Young Writers’ Award with Book Trust for his story ‘Skinning’.  I was totally bowled over by it. Even among a strong shortlist it stood out for its sheer confidence of style and subject. It had all the judges (Alice Levine, Samantha Shannon and me) gripped. When we heard he was only fourteen when he wrote the story our jaws collectively dropped. I hadn’t dared expect to read something this strong. He’s good enough to be published now, and – not that I am entirely sure he needs it – I am really looking forward to mentoring him. Brennig had his story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Huw Stephens’ show by Sir Ian McKellen.




New events

I do hope to meet some of you at one of these events this year:

Friday 23rd October, 6.30pm, Dundee Literary Festival

Sunday 1st November, 5pm , City Reads final event, The Old Market Hove, tickets

Friday 13th November, 9pm, Crossing Border FestivalNetherlands, with Erik Jan Harmens and interviewed by Jasper Henderson, tickets

Saturday 14th November, 3.30pm, You Book Day, London with Antonia Fraser and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Sunday 15th November, 1.30pm, Humber Mouth Literature FestivalHull library, tickets

Saturday 21st November, 6pm, Folkestone Festival, with Nathan Filer

Friday 27th November, time tbc, Being a Man festival, Southbank

13th – 17th January, Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka

7-13th March, Emirates Festival of Literature, Dubai