Sunday 2nd June 2019
Northern Short Story Festival
Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

11.00 – 1.00 Getting Personal with Sarah Dunnakey [workshop] [£14]

‘DOROTHY – Anxious about you. Do write me. Promise won’t betray whereabouts – Fairy Godmother’

‘AMAZON JUNGLE EXPEDITION. Treasurer discovered. Explorer forming another. Some capital necessary.  Either Sex’

The personal columns of old newspapers are full of cryptic half-stories, ‘what ifs?’ and jumping-off points for the imagination. This workshop will help you create and develop characters and stories using real-life adverts and other historical documents as prompts. Tickets here.

Past Events

Thursday 28th February 2019
Hemsworth Library, Wakefield  11am

Author Talk

Thursday 22nd November 2018
Northwich Library 7pm

Author Talk and Bookish Quiz
Refreshments and prizes
Tickets £5

Monday 22nd October 2018
Penketh Library 6.30-8pm

Author Talk and Insight into Quizzing

Read Regional 2018

I will be taking The Companion on a tour of the North this Spring as part of New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign. Dates of all events given below.

Thursday 15 March, 2.15pm
Sunderland City Library

Author Reading and Talk /Readers Group

Wednesday 4 April, 2.30pm
King Cross Library, Halifax

Author Reading and Talk

Monday 16 April, 2.30pm
Wideopen Library, Wideopen, Newcastle upon Tyne

Author Reading and Talk

Friday 20 April, 11am
Kirkby Library, Kirkby, Knowsley

Author Reading and Talk

Monday 23 April, 5.30pm
Hull Central Library

Author Talk and Literary Quiz for World Book Night

Thursday 26th April
Hexham Library

Afternoon (time tbc)

Writing workshop
– part of Hexham Book Festival

Evening, 6.30pm

Author Reading and Talk

Thursday 3 May, 10.30am
Birtley Library, Birtley, Chester-le-Street

Author Reading and Talk

Tuesday 15 May, 6.30pm
The Word, Market Place, South Shields

Author Talk and Literary Quiz

Part of WRITE Festival 2018

Thursday 24 May, 10am
Doncaster Central Library

Author Reading and Talk

Thursday 7 June, 6pm
Bridlington Central Library

Author Reading and Talk

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm
Acklam Library, Middlesbrough

Author Talk and Literary Quiz
Part of Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Thursday 14 June, 2pm
Castleford Library, Castleford, Wakefield

Author Reading and Talk

Thursday 21 June, 1.30pm
Penrith Library

Author Reading and Talk

Thursday 30th November, 2017

Author Talk: Halifax Central Library 7pm

To celebrate the publication of The Companion in paperback this month, I will be at the gorgeous new Halifax Central Library on the evening of Thursday 30th November.

I will be talking about the inspirations behind the novel, my writing process and my experience so far as a debut novelist. Also happy to talk about my day job as a TV quiz question setter if folk are interested.

Copies of The Companion will be available to buy – and signed!

Free event, but you can book you tickets in advance here

Thursday 16th November, 2017

The Northern Writers’ Awards Roadshow is coming to Yorkshire.

Join me and poet Rachel Allen at Hebden Bridge Library to celebrate the launch of this year’s awards. We’ll be discussing opportunities for novelists, poets and short-story writers. Full details here:

Northern Writers’ Awards Yorkshire Roadshow

There will also be an event in Lancaster on Wednesday 29th November

Northern Writers’ Awards Lancashire Roadshow

Saturday 4th November, 2017

Book signing at Guisborough Bookshop, from 11am til 1pm

Companion Paperback High Res

To celebrate the launch of the paperback of The Companion, I will be signing copies in the bookshop of the town where I was born.

The Guisborough Bookshop, 4 Chaloner St, Guisborough TS14 6QD

Thursday 2nd November, 2017

I will be appearing on Bob Fischer’s afternoon show on BBC Radio Tees.

I will be talking about The Companion and also about my work as a quiz question setter and verifier. I might even test Bob on his chosen Specialist Subject…

Friday 22nd September 2017

The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing, Haworth, West Yorkshire

Getting Yourself Out There!

A panel discussion about book publicity and self-promotion

I am excited to be taking part in this festival this year. On Friday evening I will be a member of the panel for the event discussing the dos and don’ts of book publicity and self promotion. My fellow panellist is the author Helen Taylor and the event is chaired by Laurie Garrison, founder of the Women’s Writers School.

Location: Cobbles and Clay Café, Main Street, Haworth

Time: 7pm

Admission is free and refreshments will be available to purchase.

There are lots of other fantastic events on over the weekend, Full details here.

I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Sarah Perry talking about The Essex Serpent.