Cover revealed for new novel Gifts

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June 2021 Delighted to present here, for the first time, the cover for my new novel Gifts, out in November 2021. I think it’s pretty darn special. The novel is a collection of linked short stories, following 12 characters in a Kent market town as each chooses a gift for the next. I love how the […]

Third novel, Gifts, out in November 2021

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June 2021 After some time away from my writing desk – having my son Caleb, now a toddler; and coping with new motherhood in the midst of a global pandemic (not a walk in the park, I don’t mind admitting – although actually we did do a lot of walking in parks) – I’m thrilled […]

Now teaching online and mentoring for Curtis Brown Creative

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November 2019 Having taught the six-month Novel Writing course in the London offices of Curtis Brown Creative earlier this year, I’m now delighted to be teaching the three-month online version of the course, from now until February 2020, and also to be mentoring CBC alumni as they progress with their novels and their writing generally. […]

Greatest Hits published in the US by Europa Editions in May 2019

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May 2019 I’m thrilled to announce that my second novel, Greatest Hits, is published in the US this month by the wonderful Europa Editions, who famously broke the Elena Ferrante phenomenon in the US and beyond. This is always a particularly exciting moment for me because the US is a country very close to my heart – I […]

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, […]

Joining teaching team at Curtis Brown Creative

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June 2018 I’m delighted to announce that I’m joining the teaching team at Curtis Brown Creative, the writing school run by the leading London literary agency. I’ll be teaching three sessions as part of the six-month course led in autumn 2018 by Simon Wroe, and teaching my own six-month course from February 2019. Check out […]

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.  

Greatest Hits out now in paperback

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<em>Greatest Hits</em> out now in paperback

March 2018 Greatest Hits is now out in paperback – it’s lighter, brighter, and cheaper, and it has a beautiful new yellow jacket. Kathryn Williams’s accompanying album is still available, of course, and if you’re lucky, you might catch it with a special-edition matching cover…