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Local Author Reception

Wednesday 16th March 2016 6:30pm - 8pm Cabot Circus, Bristol Literary Event, Free Event

As part of our quest to unite great writers with passionate readers, we are hosting our first ever Local Author Reception. We have carefully selected four great local authors who cover a range of genres from Historical Literature to Crime Thrillers. We are delighted to welcome Debbie Young, AA Abbott, David Penny and Lucienne Boyce.

Debbie Young is best known for her humorous short stories, including the collection Quick Change. She is the founder and director of Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival and a panellist on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Book Club. She is Author Advice Centre editor for the global Alliance of Independent Authors, and runs its Bristol group, which meets monthly in Foyles. She also writes non-fiction including self-help books for authors, and is currently working on her first novel, Best Murder in Show.

AA Abbott, also known as Helen, lives in Bristol in a quiet street crammed with writers, artists and musicians. There are also one or two accountants, and it's working in this field that gives Helen inspiration for her meticulously researched crime thrillers. Fraud, blackmail, murder and cocaine habits feature in Up In Smoke, After The Interview, and (most recently) The Bride's Trail.

David Penny gained a publishing deal at the age of 24, with a further three novels following. Then he stopped. Over thirty-five years later he returned to writing with a series of Historical Mysteries set in Moorish Spain in the 1480's. His books have been favourably compared to C.J. Sansom by a number of reviewers.

Lucienne Boyce is on the steering committee of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network as well as being a member of several Authors’ societies. After gaining an MA in English Literature she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol. She then went on to publish Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery, which has been shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and The Bristol Suffragettes.

The evening will kick off with the writers introducing themselves and each giving a short reading from one of their titles. Then there will be the opportunity to meet the authors, mingle and enjoy some complimentary refreshments. We will be selling a selection of their titles on the night and the authors will be happy to sign copies.

Join us in celebrating the literary talent right on our doorstep, and sharing our love of books with this mid-week treat.

Venue: Foyles, Brigstowe Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BH

Tickets: Free. To reserve, simply email

Please note, no physical tickets will be issued, the email confirmation you receive is proof of your booking.




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