Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Celebrating Local Writers

Join us for the festival's closing event:
Celebrating Local Writers
Cafe Buzz, 783 High Road, N12 8JY
Sunday 24th May at 5.00 - 7.00pm

Jemma Wayne
Jemma Wayne graduated from Cambridge University in 2002. In 2004 she left the Jewish Chronicle to pursue her own projects and six months later saw the publication of her first full-length work, Bare Necessities, published by Piatkus Books. Jemma has since turned her attention to fiction. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of publications including Ether Books, 33 West by Limehouse Books, and Kerouac’s Dog Magazine. Her début novel, After Before, was published by Legend Press in June 2014 and has recently been nominated for this year’s prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. She has worked with the RSC, Apples & Snakes, The Southbank Centre, The Caine Prize and programmed for Duckie for their series of interactive nights. Her work has been featured in The Observer and The Guardian amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish will be published in 2015 by Jacaranda Books. 

Lily Dunn

Lily Dunn is a published author and short story writer. Her first novel, Shadowing the Sun, was published by Portobello Books, and she's currently finishing her second. She is chair of North London Writers and works with the Womentoring Project, which offers mentoring to female writers for free. She is also a keen blogger and can be found here: www.lilydunn.co.uk

Tasha Kavanagh

Tasha Kavanagh lives in Hertfordshire with her family and three cats. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, has worked as an editor on feature films, including The Talented Mr Ripley, Twelve Monkeys and Seven Years in Tibet and has had ten books for children published under her maiden name, Tasha Pym. Things We Have in Common is her first novel.

Zoe Gilbert
Zoe Gilbert’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her work has won prizes from Lightship, the British Fantasy Society, and most recently she won the Costa Short Story Award 2014. She is currently working on her first folklore-inspired collection of stories, which will form part of her PhD on the short story at the University of Chichester. She lives in London, where she is a member of the North London Writers Group group, and co-hosts the Word Factory short story club.

Evie Miller

Evie Miller was previously a lawyer, she's written two YA novels each of which was long-listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition. She is a member of the North London Writers Group and is currently finishing an MA in novel writing at City University. The Puppet Master’s Lover is her first novel for adults.

Dennis Evans
Dennis Evans, who is of Welsh parentage, lives in East Finchley where he publishes N2 Poetry Magazine, and is the Tutor for The East Finchley Poetry Writing Workshops. He will be reading from First the Silence, selected and new poems, which was published by Celebration Press & launched last year in East Finchley. It is his 6th collection of poetry. Three of Dennis' poems have recently been published in The Second Genesis, an anthology of contemporary world poetry.

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