We’re delighted to introduce the third in our series of Writers Nights’ showcasing new work and debut novels from some of 2019’s most hotly anticipated authors.
Grab yourself a glass of wine and join Katie Hale and Hanna Jameson as they examine post-apocalyptic fiction—the purpose and power of its narratives, and its potential in guiding our present by speculating on the destructive possibilities of the future. Hale and Jameson will also discuss their writing process and the journeys they took towards getting their work published for the first time.
My Name is Monster by Katie Hale: Emerging alone from the arctic vault that has been her refuge from the falling bombs and devastating Sickness, Monster begins the long walk south, scavenging and slowly rebuild a life until one day she finds a girl—feral, and ready to be taught all that Monster knows. Changing her own name to Mother, Monster names the child after herself. As young Monster learns from Mother, she also discovers her own desires, realising that she wants very different things to the woman who made but did not create her. Hale is a poet, journalist and educator from Cumbria. She took part in the 2018 Penguin Randon House #WriteNow Scheme and was a resident writer at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Her poetry has been awarded the Jane Martin and Ware Prizes. My Name is Monster is her first novel.
The Last by Hanna Jameson: In the aftermath of a nuclear attack, Jon Keller is waiting for help in a Swiss hotel far from the nearest city with twenty people he’s never met before. When the body of a girl is found in the hotel water system and paranoia begins to grip the captive guests, Jon sets out to find the killer—but soon finds himself questioning how far he will go in pursuit of justice. Jameson wrote her first book at the age of 17. She has worked for the NHS and travelled the USA, Japan and Europe, with her interest in the US leading to her studying for a BA in American History. Q magazine described her writing as like ‘an angel on speed’.
The event will be chaired by Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing with both debut authors.
Tickets: Free reservation which includes a glass of wine*!
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
* Over 18’s only, alternative non-alcoholic drinks will be available