Autumn|Winter 2019

30 September | What We Write 14 October | Lisa Blower 28 October | Gillian McAllister 11 November | Sam Guglani 25 November | Jacqueline Saphra 09 December | Nicolai Duffy 16 December | Christmas Open Mic   Venue and Time for All Readings: Senior Common Room | Keele Hall | 7.30pm

Gillian McAllister | 28 October

Gillian McAllister is the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author of Everything But The Truth (2017), Anything You Do Say (2017), No Further Questions (2018) and The Evidence Against You (2019). Her latest book, The Good Sister, just came out this June. All Gillian’s books are standalone and can be read in any order. She…

The Good Sister | Gillian McAllister

About the Book: Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters – they’re each other’s lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But then the unthinkable happens, and Becky…

Q&A | Gillian McAllister

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Yes and no! I set myself a daily word count (historically, it was always 1,000 words, but now that I am full-time, it is 2,000 because I like to have weekends off and sometimes I have weeks where I am promoting another…

Lisa Blower | 14 October

Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. She won The Guardian’s National Short Story competition in 2009, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013, has been Highly Commended and long-listed for the Bridport Prize for three consecutive years, and was one of just four UK authors long-listed for The…

It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mothers | Lisa Blower

About the Book: The matriarch dominates these award-winning stories in Lisa Blower’s debut collection. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of ‘Broken Crockery’, who has lived and worked in Stoke on Trent for all of her 92 years, never owning a passport, to happy hooker Ruthie in ‘The Land of Make Believe’, from sleep…

Q&A | Lisa Blower

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I’d like to say I do, but I don’t. I’m lots of other things in order to be a writer so I work when I can where I can, in snatches, in snapshots – perhaps that’s why I err towards short fiction,…

What We Write | 30 September

The Keele Hall Readings are back, and you are most warmly invited. Join us for this first event of the semester to get an early glimpse into the work of Keele’s very own writers. This promises to be an exciting kick-off to the new season, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Open Mic Night | 13 May

Come join us for this last Keele Hall Reading of the term and celebrate the creative writing that goes on here at Keele. If you’re a Keele CW student, we want to know what you’ve been writing this term, this year, these years …!!  So if you’re up for reading, let us (or, even better:…

Elizabeth Lowry | 29 April

Elizabeth Lowry was born in Washington DC, USA and educated in South Africa and England. She is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Her first  novel, The Bellini Madonna, was published in 2008 in the UK, USA and Italy and…

Dark Water | Elizabeth Lowry

From the Book Sleeve:   Boston, 1833 Aboard the USS Orbis as it embarks from Boston and surges south to round Cape Horn, Hiram Carver takes up his first position as ship’s doctor. Callow and anxious among the seasoned sailors, he struggles in this brutal floating world until he meets William Borden. Borden. The Hero of…

Q&A | Elizabeth Lowry

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. At the moment I’m lucky enough to be able to write full time. I get about six hours in the day, between dropping my children off at school and picking them up again. I have a tiny study with a desk, but…