Rachel Gilbey is shortlisted for RNA Media Star of the Year Award 2021.

RNA industry awards colour

As some of you may know, last year I was named the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Media Star of the Year, which is by far and away the biggest accolade I have received since I started blogging. Now it is time for the 2021 RNA Industry Awards, and I am waiting eagerly to see who is going to take the award this year.

One of the people shortlisted is my good friend, blogging superstar and a blog tour organiser I work with regularly, Rachel Gilbey. Rachel’s blog is called Rachel’s Random Readsand she organises blog tours under the banner of Rachel’s Random Resources. She is well known in the romance writing community as an enthusiastic lover and promoter of the genre. 

I am really excited that Rachel has been nominated this year, not for the first time, and look forward to seeing who is crowned at the ceremony on 28 October in London which I will be attending to cheer on Rachel and the other fabulous nominees in this and all the other categories. Whoever wins, the evening will be a great celebration of romance writing.

Here is the full press release announcing Rachel’s nomination.

Rachel Gilbey, Media Star, RNA IA21

London media star, Rachel Gilbey, has been shortlisted in the Media Star of the Year category for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual Industry Awards for 2021. The awards, which include four exciting new categories for this year, celebrate the hard work and talent of any person, group or organisation who has championed the broad genre of romantic fiction in a positive way.

Since starting her popular blog, Rachel’s Random Reads, over six years ago, Rachel has discovered just how much the book community means to her, and has even created her own ideal job of organising blog tours. She loves reading a wide range of genres, but particularly enjoys contemporary romantic fiction. She lives in London, which she says is useful for attending book events and indulging in her passion for West End musical theatre.

Rachel commented, “I am over the moon and completely shocked to be shortlisted for the fourth year in a row for this fabulous award. I never thought I’d be nominated for an award once, let alone four times, and maybe, just maybe this will be my year! Either way, my love of romance will never wane, and it truly is an honour to be nominated by the RNA which features so many authors that I love reading.”

Laura James, the RNA Industry Awards organiser, commented, “Despite the lockdowns, the isolations and difficult times we’ve endured over the last eighteen months, romantic fiction has continued to entertain, bring comfort, and provide an escape for our readers, and a substantial part of that is due to the dedication and calibre of the nominees in the Industry Awards categories.”

The awards have been held for the past seven years and are highly respected in the UK publishing industry. The shortlistees are nominated by the full and associate membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

The new award categories recognise the best Narrator, Named Cover Designer, Indie Editor, and Indie Champion of the Year. Along with the best Bookseller, Media Star, Agent, Publisher or Editor, Library or Librarian, and the Inclusion Award for championing inclusivity in romantic authorship and publishing, they spotlight the many professionals who promote and support romantic fiction.

The winners of the ten awards will be announced during the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, 8-14 Cooper’s Row, London EC3N 2BQ, on Thursday 28th October 2021 at 6.30pm.

ABOUT THE ROMANTIC NOVELISTS’ ASSOCIATION:

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) is a professional body primarily for writers of romantic fiction. Founded in 1960 to provide a voice for romance authors and to be a network for writers, it continues to raise the prestige of romantic fiction and encourage romantic authorship. Their 1000+ membership includes writers across the spectrum of commercial and women’s fiction, along with publishing industry professionals, booksellers, and book reviewers. In addition to organising annual publishing awards, they also host a range of workshops, talks, networking events, a three-day annual conference, and provide support to unpublished authors through their New Writers’ Scheme.

For more information about the Romantic Novelists’ Association, please visit their website: https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org

a-little-book-problem-banner

 

The 2021 Romantic Novel Award Winners Interviews with…. Kate Hardy

Awards

I am absolutely thrilled to be kicking off my series of interviews with the winners of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s 2021 Romantic Novel Awards by welcoming the marvellous Kate Hardy to the blog.

d005549c-9d41-48b1-b853-43ada829a8d8

Kate, congratulations on winning the Liberta Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award in the Romantic Novel Awards 2021 with your novel A Will, A Wish and A Wedding and thank you very much for agreeing to appear on my blog during the entry period for the 2022 awards.

Thank you very much for having me!

You were clearly very emotional when your name was announced as the winner on the night of the awards. Have you come back down to earth yet? Just how much does winning this award mean to you?

I’m just about back down to earth now 🙂 Winning the award means everything — I think most of the writers I know doubt themselves, and I’ve had a few months recently where really I’ve doubted myself. Winning the award reassures me that I’m doing something right! 

You have been writing books for Mills and Boon for twenty years and this is your 90th novel. It is a huge achievement to have sustained a career for that length of time. Why do you love being a Mills and Boon author?

Thank you for the compliment. I love writing M&Bs because they’re the kind of books that make the world a brighter place and give people an escape and a bit of belief in happy endings — this last eighteen months in particular, I think we’ve all needed that. A letter a reader sent me some years ago was the real icing on the cake for me; she said that when she’s having a rough day, she reads one of my books because she knows she’ll end it feeling that the world is a good place again. Being able to do that for someone is just wonderful.

It is a tough discipline for a writer to fully develop a romantic story arc within the confines of the lower word count demanded by this type of novel. What draws you to the format of the shorter novel and how do you stop yourself rambling on (asking for a friend!)?

I like the challenge! Though I do moan about it sometimes (when my editor makes me kill off most of my secondary characters, cough cough). To stop yourself rambling: keep the descriptions short, keep secondary characters to a minimum, and remember that the book is all about the emotional journey of your characters — if what you’ve written doesn’t move that journey forwards, then it needs cutting! 

You are clearly a success story in this genre, one that is sometimes looked down upon by people who have never attempted to write in it, but I know those who have tried say it is not as easy as you make it look, and there are strict requirements needed for a successful Mills and Book title. Do you have any tips for anyone who would love to write for this publisher?

Quite often, the people who sneer about M&Bs haven’t actually read one, so they’re missing out on a treat! M&Bs are short novels with a strong character arc — our characters definitely learn to grow and compromise during the book — and a happy ending (that’s it as far as the strict requirements go). If you want to write one, I’d recommend that you read a few of the most recent books in each line (True Love, Medical, Modern and Historical are the main UK lines) and work out which line you enjoy reading most: that’s the type your voice is likely to fit best. You need a conflict that can be sustained for a whole book (if the hero and heroine can solve it just by talking, the conflict’s not strong enough). Start the book at a point of change and introduce the conflict; dig deeply into the characters’ motivations; give us a point where we think it’s not going to work out; and then show us the characters changing so they can resolve their conflict and reach a happy ending.  

Could you tell me a little bit about A Will, A Wish and A Wedding and how the idea for this award-winning novel came about?

It started with a trip to Norwich Castle Museum when I was very small. Margaret Fontaine was a Victorian lepidopterist and her collection used to be showcased in the museum – I particularly loved the blue butterflies. Originally the book was going to be a bit of a ghost story, but my editor said no; we compromised with the idea of matchmaking from beyond the grave, and I got to write about my butterflies! So my lepidopterist heroine Alice is left a house that she could make into an education centre and butterfly house. (I had a lot of fun doing the research — locally in Norfolk, in exactly the places I mention in the book, and then talking my best friend into a research trip to the Horniman Butterfly House is London.) I wanted the hero to be able to bring something to the project as well (hence being an architect), but I also wanted him to be very suspicious of the heroine. When Hugo and Alice start to work together, they realise that they’ve got completely the wrong idea about each other. Hence the will, a wish… and you’ll have to read it to find out how the wedding fits in! (The proposal is definitely a bit different…)

I have seen this book referred to in some reviews as ‘eco-romance.’ Is this a new genre we will be seeing more of? Is it something you deliberately set out to write? Are you blazing a trail here and will we see more of it from you?

The book’s primarily about love, though there is an eco background with the rewilding project. I’m not sure it’s a new genre; it’s maybe more likely that, over the last few months of lockdown, we’ve all become a bit more aware of our surroundings and maybe we’re seeing that in what we read. 

What is coming up from you next in your writing? Do you have a new book coming out soon?

I have a duet out in August: Second Chance with her Guarded GP and Baby Miracle for the ER Doc. It’s about twin brothers; one of them needs a kidney transplant, and the other gives his brother a kidney. It means the end of an engagement for the GP, and the daredevil emergency doctor is forced to do the one thing that’s a real four-letter word for him: rest. But while they recuperate from the operation they meet a nurse practitioner and an emergency doctor who change everything. 

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Kate, it’s been an absolute pleasure.

Kate’s award-winning book, A Will, A Wish and a Wedding is available now and you can buy a copy here.

Watch out for my reviews of all the 2021 RONA award-winning novels coming later in the summer.

image0

Will an unexpected legacy…

…lead to wedding bells?

When Hugo Grey’s aunt leaves her house to Alice Walters – a complete stranger! — he is baffled. Especially as the will states Hugo must help Alice convert it into a butterfly centre! He and Alice clash over everything, except his attraction to the captivatingly feisty butterfly expert which is hard to ignore…

About the Author

Kate Hardy is an award-winning author of more than 90 books for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She’s won the RNA Liberta Books Shorter Fiction Awards three times (formerly Romance Prize and RoNA Rose): for ‘A Will, a Wish and a Wedding’ (2021), ‘Bound By a Baby’ (2014) and ‘Breakfast at Giovanni’s’ (2008).

She lives in Norwich in the east of England with her husband, two children, two springer spaniels (Archie and Dexter), and too many books to count. She’s a bit of a nerd who loves music, the theatre, ballet, history and cooking, and adores anything Italian. She loves doing research, particularly if it’s hands-on and means experimenting with cooking. Reviewers say that her books are full of warmth, heart and charm – and also that you’ll learn something new and interesting from them! 

Connect with Kate:

Website –https://www.katehardy.com

Facebook: Kate Hardy Author

Twitter: @katehardyauthor

Instagram: @katehardyauthor

A Little Book Problem banner

 

 

Guest Post: One By One by Ruth Ware

One by One_Facebook cards_Nov20_Two[2]

It’s Publication Week for the new novel by Ruth Ware! One By One is out this Thursday and, as a huge fan of Ruth’s books, I am thrilled to be part of the team celebrating publication of her new book. There is lots going on across social media this week, including my review coming on publication day, and coverage of Ruth’s launch party. But, for today, I am delighted to have some exclusive content to share with you.

One by One_Instagram_Nov20_One[1]

Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask – would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Don’t you want to read it immediately? I can’t wait to share my review with you on Thursday. However, for today, I am just going to whet your appetite with an exclusive profile of one of the characters from the book, prepared by Ruth.

Ski-Pass-Character-Card_05

So, now I know you want to read this book even more, don’t you? Well, there are only three days left to go before you can get your hands on your own copy of One By One by Ruth Ware. Pre-order your copy here now.

Please do keep watching the blog and social media for more news about Ruth’s latest book this week.

One By One_Blog Banner_300x300px

 

Change is Afoot! Jump on the Bandwagon!

bandwagon01

Good morning, lovely people! I am very excited this morning, because I’m announcing some changes to the blog, and new opportunities for authors and bloggers to take part. There’s nothing I enjoy more that a bit of collaboration, it really freshens up the site and prevents my readers getting exceedingly bored of just listening to me droning on, so I’m really looking forward to it. A change is as good as a rest, as my granny always used to tell me.

images

So, the first (and unexciting, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way and build up the suspense for the new developments) announcement, is that the 2021 diary is now open and just begging to be filled. So if there is anyone out there who has a book coming out early next year and would like to book in a guest post, or appear on my Friday Night Drinks feature, or is organising a blog tour for the beginning of the year and would like me to be involved, now is the time to book that place in the diary. I also have a few Friday Night Drinks slots available for December, these are open to anyone in publishing – authors, publishers, bloggers, blog tour organisers, editors, cover designers, proof readers, booksellers…. All welcome.

cocktail-2098458_1920

Now for the two new features I am introducing.

Firstly, I am introducing a new regular interview feature for RNA members, where I will be asking you to tell me why you write romance, which romance writers and books you love and inspire you, and what you love most about the RNA. The feature will take place every other Tuesday, to tie in with #TuesNews, and will kick off in September with the winner of my #underwatervampireerotica competition (see more below if you are baffled, and why wouldn’t you be?), but slots are open thereafter for any published authors who are members of the RNA. (If this is successful, I may expand to other genres at a later date. To start with, this is my way of giving something back to the RNA, an organisation which is supporting me through my own writing journey.) I’m calling this feature Romancing The Romance Authors, so let me know if you are interested.

Unknown

The second new feature has been inspired by the fun I have been having this year choosing and re-reading the twelve books I would want to have with me if I knew I were going to be stranded forever on a desert island. You can find out which I have chosen by following my monthly Desert Island Books posts and, I’ve enjoyed this so much that I’m going to carry on next year with my twelve Desert Island Children’s Books. But now I’d like to know what your Desert Island Books would be, just because I’m nosy. So, again this feature is going to run every other week on a Wednesday (at least to begin with, I’ll expand it if it is really popular), starting on Wednesday, 9th September. I’m going to be mean to you and only let you pick FIVE books to take, and you’ll have to tell me why you’ve chosen these particular ones. This feature is open to anyone who wants to take part.

book-1549589_1920

Finally, I wanted to announce the winner of the #underwatervampireerotica competition I ran during my seminar at the RNA Conference. The person who got closest to guessing how many blog tour/NetGalley books I had bought after reviewing them was Claire Huston, who guessed 142. The actual number was 118 (I feel like I have let down all the people who thought it was all, or almost all, of them but I’d be bankrupt if I bought them all!). Clare, I know I have already bought and reviewed your book, so you have credit in the bank with me for the next one, and you get to be my first guest on Romancing The Romance Authors on 1st September, and I’ll be in touch about that shortly. Thanks to all who entered.

So, if anyone would like to be featured on the blog in any way, including Friday Night Drinks, Romancing The Romance Authors or Desert Island Books, please get in touch by emailing julie@alittlebookproblem.co.uk, filling in the contact form on the blog or sending me a DM via social media and we will put something in the diary. Requests are dealt with on a strictly first come, first served basis. Look forward to featuring as many of you as I can fit in!

5cef4774438ff3b15e394d3aa71bc4f2

 

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! #RNA60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook Group Launch Competition. Win 60 Romantic Novels from 0ne More Chapter! @RNATweets @0neMoreChapter_ #Competition #Giveaway #RomanticFictionBookClub #RomFicBookClub

84399702_10219620154521991_6740639674273890304_o

Today is the closing date for the Romantic Fiction Book Club’s huge launch competition, so if you haven’t already join the new Facebook group for readers, authors and bloggers who love Romantic Fiction, you’d better get on to it quickly!

As a reminder, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and, to celebrate this momentous occasion, the RNA have launched a new Facebook group, the Romantic Fiction Book Club, which aims to be a warm and cosy place for lovers of romantic fiction to engage with other readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction. The group is open to anyone who loves to read any type of romance, bloggers, and all authors of novels with a romantic element, not just those who are members of the RNA.

To launch the new group with a bang, we have an amazing competition for you. In conjunction with publisher 0ne More Chapter, members of the new Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook group have the chance to win an amazing bundle of 60 romantic novels, donated by 0ne More Chapter. There are also 60 runner up prizes of a single, signed romance novel, so there are a total of 61 prizes up for grabs. What amazing odds of winning something! The competition is running from 14th to 29th February., i.e. TODAY!

All you have to do to enter the competition is join the new Romantic Fiction Book Club here and then follow the link below to the competition:

One More Chapter & RNA Diamond Anniversary Giveaway

There is detailed information about how to enter on the new Facebook page, including how to increase your chances of winning by subscribing to the RNA and 0ne More Chapter’s social media links, plus, there is lots of fun interaction going on in the group. UK entries only I’m afraid. What are you waiting for, go and sign up now!

cropped-84085849_10158122240184740_2327331061308063744_n.jpg

 

 

 

 

#RNA60 Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook Group Launch Competition. Win 60 Romantic Novels from 0ne More Chapter! @RNATweets @0neMoreChapter_ #Competition #Giveaway #RomanticFictionBookClub #RomFicBookClub

84399702_10219620154521991_6740639674273890304_o

Calling all fans of Romantic Fiction! This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and, to celebrate this momentous occasion, the RNA are launching a new Facebook group, the Romantic Fiction Book Club, which aims to be a warm and cosy place for lovers of romantic fiction to engage with other readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction. The group is open to anyone who loves to read any type of romance, bloggers, and all authors of novels with a romantic element, not just those who are members of the RNA.

To launch the new group with a bang, we have an amazing competition for you. In conjunction with publisher 0ne More Chapter, members of the new Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook group have the chance to win an amazing bundle of 60 romantic novels, donated by 0ne More Chapter. There are also 60 runner up prizes of a single, signed romance novel, so there are a total of 61 prizes up for grabs. What amazing odds of winning something! The competition is running from 14th February (of course!) to 29th February. Take a look at some of the fabulous titles up for grabs.

All you have to do to enter the competition is join the new Romantic Fiction Book Club here and then follow the link below to the competition:

One More Chapter & RNA Diamond Anniversary Giveaway

There is detailed information about how to enter on the new Facebook page, including how to increase your chances of winning by subscribing to the RNA and 0ne More Chapter’s social media links, plus, there is lots of fun interaction going on in the group. UK entries only I’m afraid. What are you waiting for, go and sign up now!

I’ll see you there!

(There was an interesting article about the new group and how it came about in Frost Magazine earlier this week, you might like to check it out here.)

84085849_10158122240184740_2327331061308063744_n

Big Birthday Giveaway! @stacey_halls @laurajm8 @MargaretAtwood @AlexMichaelides @hannahbeckerman @ConcreteKraken #Giveaway #BookBloggers #BookBlog #Birthday

Unknown

It’s my birthday! Well, it’s my blog’s birthday actually. Yes, three years ago today I posted my first ever blog post on A Little Book Problem. Where did that time go? And look how far I’ve come. I never would have guessed when I started this blog just to keep track of a reading challenge where it would end up or how much it would give me along the way.

In order to celebrate this milestone, I am going to be giving away a little prize (although, aren’t people supposed to give me presents on my birthday?) It seems to be one of the inevitable side effects of book blogging that I end up with duplicate copies of some fabulous books, and this year has been no different so, in the prize bundle are brand new, unread copies of the following books:

The Familiars by Stacey Halls (Hardback)

71h4m38ZS1L._AC_UY218_ML3_

In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all . . .

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

41yxGie7jQL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

Maria Weston wants to be friends with me.

Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.

She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight.

Maria Weston wants to be friends.

But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

41fIRZY0TPL._AC_UY218_ML3_

‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

(The edition being offered as a prize has a different cover to the one shown here.)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

81+VlE6hYoL._AC_UY218_ML3_

Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago.

When she shot her husband in the head five times.

Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word.

It’s time to find out why.

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

414OFZjOwUL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

41wrxZDOYQL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

One body. Six stories. Which one is true?

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017.

Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame…

As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

As well as the books above, the prize bundle includes a voucher for an Italian meal for two at the Prezzo restaurant of your choice and an enamel book pin.

IMG_1912

All you have to do to win, is make sure you are following the blog, either by email, on WordPress or on Twitter and tell me what book you would send me as a surprise birthday gift.

Competition will be open until 31 January. UK entries only please. Winner will be chosen at random and announced here and on Twitter.  Prize will be posted out as soon as I receive the winner’s address. If the prize is not claimed within seven days, prize will be forfeited and I will chose a second recipient. No cash alternative is available.

Good luck, and thank you for supporting the blog, I do greatly appreciate it.

The Chase BookFest with Phillipa Ashley & Kim Nash @PhillipaAshley @KimTheBookworm #authors #BookFest #September #Event #CannockChase #Staffordshire #Readers #Writers

0001

Authors Phillipa Ashley and Kim Nash have joined forces with the Museum of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, to create a book festival where book lovers are invited to meet some of the UK’s most popular authors.

The Chase BookFest will be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford on Saturday 21 September 2019.

The event is Cannock Chase’s first book festival devoted to women’s popular fiction and thrillers. It has attracted a host of star names including Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Miranda Dickinson, Iona Grey, Nicola May, Mark Edwards and many more best-selling and award-winning popular novelists. 

Readers will be able to enjoy author readings and join in question and answer sessions and discussions with favourite writers from the local area and further afield.

They can even have tea with an author by booking onto ‘Tea and Conversation’ audiences with Sunday Times best sellers Milly Johnson in conversation with Cathy Bramley, Romantic Novel Awards winner Iona Grey, best-selling crime thriller writer K.L. Slater and number one best-selling novelist Mark Edwards.

A pop-up Waterstones book shop will be on site for the day along with a variety of book and craft stalls and a unique book-themed ‘Yarnbombing’ display outside. 

IMG_0985

Bestselling author Phillipa Ashley said: “The support for previous events shows how much popular fiction is loved by readers.  We’re thrilled that the Museum has been so supportive of this event and of fiction in general.” 

70002504_10157299096243376_8614544153310658560_n

Author and Head of Publicity at publisher Bookouture, Kim Nash said: “We’ve been so lucky to get so many amazing authors on board and would love to thank them all for being so enthusiastic about the festival.’ 

Lee Bellingham, Museum Services Manager for Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, said: “The museum has been hosting very popular ‘Meet the Author’ events for some time now, and along with local authors Phillipa Ashley, Kim Nash and the book loving members of staff, we thought it would be lovely to have a book festival here. We are thrilled to be the venue for the first ever Chase BookFest.

Events like this showcase the museum not just as a home for local history, but as a community venue for arts and cultural activities. We look forward to welcoming authors from around the country to Cannock Chase for the day.”

The day runs 10am until 4pm with tickets available for £3 by calling the museum on 01543 877 666. Tea and Conversation with an author costs £5 and includes tea or coffee and cake, and Q&A Panels cost £3.  Don’t miss the chance to meet your favourite author, book in advance to avoid disappointment.   Please see the museum Facebook page and website, museumofcannockchase.org, for timetables and start planning your BookFest!

book fest time table (002) updated 29-8-19