Festival Party: Celebrating Women Writers

Festival Party: Celebrating Women Writers

Come join us to celebrate women’s writing at our festival party on Friday 15 June and sort out your summer reading list.

The festival party is one of our most popular events, as friends gather under the chandeliers of the Old Royal Naval College’s Undercroft to hear a selection of standout writers. For 2018, we have a brilliant line-up: Imogen Hermes Gowar, Diana Evans, Lissa Evans, Louise Candlish and Paula McLain

Imogen Hermes Gowar is the author of 2018’s most stunning literary debut, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, set in Deptford and Blackheath in 1785. It tells the story of Jonah Hancock, a widowed merchant and ship owner who learns his ship has been swapped for a mermaid. The novel has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Diana Evans will be discussing her new novel, Ordinary People, which is set in South London. Her best-selling novel, 26a, won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize. Ordinary People charts the lives of people in Crystal Palace against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election to U.S. president.

Lissa Evans will introduce her mordantly funny novel, Old Baggage, about a retired militant suffragette chafing at retirement and set in the 1920s. This is her fourth novel for adults, with two longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She has also written three books for children, including Wed Wabbit, last year.

Louise Candlish has written this year’s most compulsive page-turner, the deliciously dark Our House, set in South London. It poses the uncomfortable idea that some Londoners might save their home before their marriage. Candlish is the best selling author of 11 novels.

Paula McLain will introduce Love and Ruin, which imagines Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to the pioneering war reporter Martha Gellhorn. The book returns McLain to the territory of her global best seller The Paris Wife, which was a fictionalised account of Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives.

Come join us in the celebration of these amazing writers.


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