New Talent at the festival

2019 sees us continue our commitment to supporting new and emerging talent across the literature programme. We feel it is so important that alongside the fantastic established names you’ll be queueing up to see, we also provide a platform for those writers starting out on their publishing journey. This year we are featuring authors such as Damian Barr who will be interviewed by bestselling novelist Patrick Gale about his novel, You Will Be Safe Here; set in South Africa it tells a dual time story between 1901 and 2010. Already picked out by various newspapers such as the Financial Times and Observer, it’s set to be one of the top debuts of 2019. We have paired a number of debut and building authors such as Hannah Beckerman and Candice Carty-Williams who will discuss their novels If Only I Could Tell You and Queenie and the challenge of writing on the ever-explored topic of romantic, platonic and family relationships; Stacey Halls and Elizabeth Macneal present their stunning historical novels The Familiars and The Doll Factory which are already receiving rapt attention and are going to be on everyone’s to-read piles this year and Bethan Roberts and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott show how meticulous research, skill and flair brings real life icons Elvis Presley and Truman Capote to life in their books Graceland and Swan Song – utterly riveting reads and not to be missed. We feature new talent in many events scattered across the programme and will be welcoming names such as debut crime authors Harriet Tyce (Blood Orange), Alex Michaelides (The Silent Patient) and Vanessa Savage (The Woman in the Dark); actress Zawe Ashton (Character Breakdown), editor and writer Mariam Khan (It’s Not About the Burqa) and consultant cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef (The Angina Monologues) who will be talking to Radio 4 regular Vivienne Parry – keep an eye out and join us in supporting these literary stars of the future.


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