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The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2017 Readings

Thursday 25th May 19:30 - 20:30 at London - Piccadilly

Lucy Popescu presents an eve of readings with debut novelists shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Come and meet the authors, hear them read and buy their books. There will be a signing at the end of the evening.

Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Words In My Hand was written with the support of a grant from Arts Council England. She also works collaboratively with artists in the UK and South Africa and her work has been funded under the Artists' International Development Fund. She manages the Words and Women Twitter feed, a voluntary organisation representing women writers in the East of England.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. She has a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working on a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She received a Margins fellowship for the Asian American Writers Workshop and was nominated for the Jhalak Prize for Harmless Like You, her debut novel. .

Jess Kidd completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury. In 2016, Jess won the Costa Short Story Award for ‘Dirty Little Fishes’. She will be reading from her first novel Himself.

Barney Norris won the Critics' Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. He will be reading from his first novel Five Rivers Meet on a Wooded Plain.

Francis Spufford is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages. His first novel. Golden Hill, was published in 2016 and won the Costa First Novel Award. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He will be reading from his debut novel Golden Hill.

Tickets for this event are free, but please register by emailing: events.piccadilly@waterstones.com 

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 25th May 19:30 - 20:30

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