Starting to Write course at Arvon’s Totleigh Barton centre, 22-25 May 2019

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January 2019 In May this year, I’ll be teaching on my first residential Arvon course. The subject is Starting To Write, and I’ll be teaching alongside the amazing poet Ross Sutherland. (I know his work. He’s brilliant). To apply, and for more info, click here.    

Novel-writing course with Curtis Brown Creative, February – July 2019

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January 2019 This year I’ll be leading the six-month novel-writing course for Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the prestigious literary agency. The course kicks off in February and runs until the summer. I’ll be working with a group of 15 students in weekly, London-based sessions, covering all aspects of novel-writing, and offering […]

An Evening with Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams – Stockton, Saturday 6 October, 7pm

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Kath and I were originally down to visit the Drake Bookshop in Stockton (the hometown of my dear friend Matt, as it happens) back in June, but we had a little car prang and had to postpone. So Kath and I will now be doing our thing – combining readings from my novel Greatest Hits, […]

Forum Books Presents Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams – Corbridge, Tuesday 19 June, 7pm

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Kathryn Williams and I will be heading to Corbridge in Northumberland (not too far from Kath’s home in Newcastle, and apparently a very beautiful place that I’ve never had the opportunity to visit) on Tuesday 19 June to perform songs and readings from Greatest Hits as part of Independent Bookshop Week. The event will kick […]

Paris launch of La Ballade de Cass Wheeler, the French edition of Greatest Hits

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June 2018 I’m always fascinated by how the various translated editions of my novels turn out – the titles and covers each publisher chooses to render the novel’s themes in terms that make the most sense in that language and that country. So it was an absolute honour to travel to Paris with Kathryn Williams […]

From Stage To Page: music and fiction event at the Roundhouse, London – Saturday 12 May, 12.30pm

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On Saturday 12 May I’ll be taking part in a unique event at London’s Roundhouse, talking music and fiction and the borders between the two alongside three amazing musicians and authors – Colin Macintyre (aka Mull Historical Society), Kathryn Williams (of course!), and Kerry Andrew. Tickets are a fiver (bargain!) and available here.  

Another chance to hear my Christmas short story, Survivors, on BBC Radio 4, Saturday 23 December 2017, 3.45pm

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December 2017 In 2016, the lovely folks at BBC Radio 4 commissioned me to write a short story on a festive theme. The story I came up with – Survivors, a tale of blended families surviving Christmas Day, read by the amazing Tamsin Greig – was first broadcast at Christmas 2016. And now, in 2017, you […]

Gliterary Lunch, Edinburgh – Thursday 7 December, midday, Principal Hotel

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In 2016, I had a great time addressing my first ‘Gliterary Lunch’ in Glasgow – a fantastic roomful of interesting women from across Scotland, brought together by their interest in both business and books. It’s such a great idea for an event, so I’m really happy to be heading to Edinburgh in 2017 with my […]

Lines of Retreat at the Chester Literature Festival, Sunday 19 November – 8.30pm

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In October 2016, I spent a few days shut up in a house in Durham with a number of other authors and musicians, on a retreat that was to change my life. “Life-changing” is the kind of phrase that is often over-stated, but in my case, that creative experience really did change things for me. […]

Laura Barnett & Kathryn Williams – Greatest Hits, Chester Literature Festival – Saturday 18 November, 2.30pm

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I loved talking about The Versions of Us in Chester in 2016, so I’m really thrilled to be heading back to the beautiful city – and its brand-new story centre, Storyhouse, for the 2017 Literature Festival. On Saturday 18 November at 2.30pm, I’ll be talking about my unique collaboration with Kathryn Williams on Greatest Hits. Tickets are £8 […]

Greatest Hits – Laura Barnett at the Wantage (Not Just) Betjeman Literary Festival, Sunday 22 October, 7pm

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Join me at the Beacon in Portway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, for a discussion of my second novel Greatest Hits, and a chance to hear some of the songs written by Kathryn Williams as part of our unique collaboration on the novel’s soundtrack. The event is at 7pm on Sunday 22 October, as part of the Wantage (Not […]

Kathryn Williams & Laura Barnett at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival, Hull – Thursday 5 October, Hull Central Library, 8pm

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My first ever trip to Hull was in November 2016, to do an event about The Versions of Us for the Humber Mouth Literature Festival.  I had a fantastic time, so I’m doubly delighted to be heading back to the city – this year’s Capital of Culture – in October 2017 with my creative wife Kathryn […]

Songs In The Key of Life: event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Wednesday 16 August, 7pm

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The city of Edinburgh has a special place in my heart: not only is it where I spent every August for almost a decade, covering the various arts festivals for the Guardian and then the Daily Telegraph, but it’s also where, nine years ago this summer, I met my husband, Andy. So I’ll be heading […]

Laura Barnett ‘Greatest Hits’ Q&A at Nomad Books, London – Thursday 13 July, 7.30pm

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I’ll be heading to the lovely independent bookshop Nomad Books on London’s Fulham Road – just round the corner from my old school, Lady Margaret, as it happens – to talk about Greatest Hits on Thursday 13 July. No need to book – just turn up! – and best of all, it’s FREE! Click here to […]