Making History In Birmingham with Annie Murray, Carolyn Kirby & Gaynor Arnold

Thursday 25th July 18:30 at Birmingham

Join us for an evening with Annie Murray, Carolyn Kirby & Gaynor Arnold; three authors strongly connected to Birmingham through their work or life. These three authors will be discussing their latest novels, as well as the idea of inventing the past, writing historical fiction, and their different connections to the local area.

Annie Murray started writing seriously when living in Birmingham and as a member of the city's Tindal Street Fiction Group. She has published short stories in publications ranging from London Magazine to My Weekly, including one in SHE magazine which won the SHE/Granada Television Short Story Award. Since then she has become a top-ten bestselling novelist with her many historical novels centred round Birmingham. These include Chocolate Girls, War Babies and her latest stories set in the Jewellery Quarter in the early decades of the last century, Sisters of Gold and The Silversmith's Daughter.

Carolyn Kirby's debut The Conviction of Cora Burns is the only novel to be set in Victorian Birmingham. Published this year in the UK and North America, the book has been getting praise from reviewers and journalists. The Sunday Mirror called it “a great historical novel with bite,” and it was chosen by The Times as an historical fiction book of the month.Before being a full-time writer, Carolyn worked in social housing and as a teacher. She has two grown-up daughters and lives with her husband in Oxfordshire. 

Gaynor Arnold lives in Birmingham and belongs to Tindal Street Writers Group. Her debut novel Girl in a Blue Dress (based on the marriage of Charles Dickens) was longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Gaynor’s short story collection Lying Together, based partly on her experiences as a social worker, was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Her second novel, After Such Kindness was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s relationship with Alice. Gaynor also co-edited The Sea in Birmingham
with Julia Bell, and has just finished another novel set in Victorian England.

Tickets for this event are £3 and must be booked online. The £3 ticket price can be redeemed against one copy of Carolyn Kirby's book, The Conviction of Cora Burns, bought at the event.

Books from all three authors will be availble at this event and the authors will be signing copies of their books after the event.


Birmingham Waterstones, Birmingham
Thursday 25th July 18:30

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