An evening of folklore and fairytale at Waterstones Piccadilly

Monday 21st November 2022
18:30 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly

An evening of folklore and fairytale at Waterstones Piccadilly

Join Frances Hardinge and Melinda Salibury as they chat to Kiran Millwood Hargrave about magical, mystical mythological themes in fiction. Melinda’s most recent publication Her Dark Wings is a radical reimagining of the Persephone myth, following two friends on a dangerous journey into the Underworld. Frances’ Unraveller is another sumptuous slice of YA fantasy where Kellen has the power to lift life-destroying curses. Frances and Melinda will be in conversation with fellow author Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Kiran’s The Deathless Girls is a sensuous, sinister chiller that reimagines the story of Dracula from the point of view of his enslaved brides.


Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. She has since written many celebrated children's novels including Fly By Night's sequel Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree. Her latest book Unraveller is out now.

T: @franceshardinge


Melinda Salisbury is a three-time Carnegie nominated author, whose first novel The Sin Eater's Daughter was the bestselling UKYA debut of 2015. Her other books include the sequels to The Sin Eater's Daughter: The Sleeping Prince, and The Scarecrow Queen, the State of Sorrow duology, Scottish folk-horror novel Hold Back The Tide, Persephone origin story, Her Dark Wings, and in non-fiction, The Way Back Almanac. Melinda has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, YA Book Prize, and the Branford Boase Award, and Hold Back the Tide was a YALSA 2022 pick. Her books have been published in 15 countries to date. She lives on the East Sussex coast and is a passionate amateur wildlife photographer.

T: @MESalisbury

I: melindasalisbury


Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and bestselling novelist. Her debut novel for children The Girl of Ink & Stars won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. Her work has been short- and long-listed for other major prizes including the Costa Award, and the CILIP Carnegie Award. She's a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and lives in Oxford with her husband and cats, in a house between a river and a forest.

T: @Kiran_MH

I: @kiran_mh


Please note: book and ticket options include either a copy of Unraveller in hardback (RRP £14.99) or Her Dark Wings in paperback (RRP £7.99)

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Monday 21st November 2022

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