By Maria Sadek and Erin Evett
An Evening with Claire Daverley, Waterstones Cambridge
2 August, 6 p.m.
Don’t miss Claire Daverley as she discusses her novel Talking at Night, a debut piece of fiction that discusses sudden connections and missed opportunities. The novel has already been published in twenty languages after being picked up by Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK and Pamela Dorman Books in the US. Daverley will be in conversation with Kate Sawyer, whose debut novel, The Stranding,was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the East Anglia Fiction Prize. To buy your tickets to this panel, Q&A and book signing, click here.
Avril Joy in conversation on The Silent Women - Collected Bookshop, Durham
2 August, 6:30 p.m.
Avril Joy, a former prison worker for twenty-five years in County Durham, is in conversation with journalist and author Caroline Beck. She will be discussing her new book, The Silent Women, which centres on Simone Gastrell, who is committed to Long Meadow Asylum in 1875 by her adulterous husband. As we follow Simone, she meets women of different ages and varying backgrounds but who have one thing in common: silence. Together, in unlikely friendship, the women come together to find their voices and fight for their lives. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
Yara Rodrigues Fowler and Imogen West-Knights in Conversation, Morocco Bound Bookshop, London
2 August, 7 p.m.
Join Yara Rodrigues Fowler as she discusses her new esteemed novel, There Are More Things, with writer for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, Imogen West-Knights. The novel has already been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2022, and this panel is sure to be an intriguing discussion that cannot be missed. For more information, click here.
Roe vs Wade, One Year On: Sian Norris in Conversation with Marisa Bate and Elizabeth Morris, Waterstones Gower Street, London
3 August, 6:30 p.m.
Join author of Bodies Under Siege, Sian Norris, and author of Wild Hope, Marisa Bate, as they discuss their new books and where the world finds itself one year on from when Roe vs Wade was overturned. In Bodies Under Siege, Norris describes her experience of going undercover to discover the dark network that is attacking abortion rights. She describes her experience at anti-abortion activist meetings and the political roots of these networks. In Marisa Bate’s new novel, she explores her mother’s experience across the decades and how her life was shaped by the events in her life. To book tickets to this important panel discussion, click here.
Chloe Gong in conversation on Immortal Longings - Toppings & Co., Bath
11 August, 7 p.m.
Renowned young adult Fiction author, Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights, These Violent Ends), will be in conversation about her new novel Immortal Longings. It promises to have all the favourite YA tropes, as it follows two people from very different backgrounds forming an alliance to win a set of deadly games. However, as they get closer to victory and a fight to the death, they must decide who and what they are really fighting for. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
The Llangwm Literature Festival
Don’t miss out on the sixth anniversary of the Llangwm Literature Festival, held near the border of the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. With a line-up that has something for everyone, including literature on current affairs, nature, cooking, art, poetry, fiction, music and children’s fiction. The National Poet of Wales, Hannan Issa, will be present and talk about how she came to her current role as the first Muslim National Poet of Wales. On the final day, there will be a BBQ to close the festival. For more information and ticket prices, click here.
Anna Funder in conversation with Helen Lewis on Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life - Daunt Books Marylebone
16 August, 7 p.m.
Anna Funder, author of Stasiland and All That I Am, will be in conversation with feminist author and journalist Helen Lewis (Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights). Funder will be discussing her new book, Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life, which she was inspired to write after reading George Orwell’s Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters and finding only vague references to his wife. Using a uniquely original approach, Funder explores the life of Orwell’s forgotten wife, demonstrating that she was a remarkable woman under the pressure of the “motherload of wifedom,” which still plagues women today, who deserves to be remembered. For more information and ticket prices, click here.