11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Masonic Hall
£9 (excl. fees)
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About the Event

Stacey Halls (The Familiars) and Elizabeth Macneal (The Doll Factory) present their debut historical novels won by their respective publishers after fierce and intense auctions and both set to make waves in 2019. The Familiars is a spellbinding novel full of twists and turns, a beautiful tale of women and witchcraft inspired by a fascinating period of British history. The Doll Factory conjures 19th century London in all its grime and glory, exploring the world of the pre-Raphaelites and examining the position of women through Macneal’s unforgettable heroine. They talk to journalist Marisa Bate.

About the Authors

Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel. You can find her on Instagram @staceyhallsauthor and Twitter @stacey_halls

Born in Scotland, Elizabeth Macneal is a potter based in Limehouse, East London, working from a small studio at the bottom of her garden. She read English Literature at Oxford University and completed the Creative Writing MA at UEA in 2017. She won The Caledonia Novel Award for her debut novel The Doll Factory.