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Back in January, Words And Women were kind enough to support the first Books Talk Back event in Norwich. On International Women’s Day, March 8th, the organisation hosted their annual event, supporting the work of female writers in the east of England. The event featured readings from local women writers and saw the launch of their latest creative project ‘Space’ a film which focuses on…space. But what does the topic of ‘space’ have to do with female  writers in the east of England? The answers involve Virginia Wolf, house rabbits and an anthology of short stories….intrigued?

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BTB founder Isabelle King teamed up with Holly J McDede for the Norfolk Storytelling Project on Future Radio to write and produce this piece about the event on International Women’s Day.


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January 19th with Hayley Long

Hayley Long 3Many thanks to the fabulous Hayley Long for making it such a fun and informative afternoon. Hayley talked about her creative process in ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ and had lots of pertinent insights into writing for teen fiction as well as some hilarious stories.  The picture to the left is a chart of her ideas in the initial stages of ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ Lots has changed since, including the title!

The aspiring authors who read extracts from their work were Alex Ivey and Belona Greenwood. Here’s a bit about them.

Alex Ivey moved from the US to the UK in 1999 and has worked in older people’s services since 2005. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA, Alex’s first novel, Kingdoms, was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition in 2012. Her agent is Laetitia Rutherford at Watson Little Ltd.

Belona Greenwood is a former journalist who escaped to Norwich where she did an MA in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia. She has won an Escalator award for creative non-fiction, is a winner of the Decibel Penguin prize for life-writing. Associate playwright with Chalk Circle Theatre Company, she writes plays for children and adults and has had work performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, as well as in other regional venues.

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Next event confirmed!

Sunday 19th January 2014 2-5pm at The Playroom, Norwich PlayhouseBTB jpeg

Books Talk Back is thrilled to announce that Hayley Long will be guest novelist. This event will have a focus on teen fiction and Hayley will be talking about her creative process in writing ‘What’s Up With Jody Barton?’ as well sharing any advice she may have for aspiring authors of teen fiction.

Another exciting development for the January event is that Words And Women are involved. It’s really great to have the support of an organisation which provides such wonderful opportunities for women writers in the east of England.  You can read all about Isabelle’s adventures in setting up the first Books Talk Back as well as details of the Norwich début on their blog 

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A lovely literary evening!

Wow! What a brilliant night it was! Books Talk Back was so lucky to have Naomi Wood as guest novelist. Naomi answered some questions about her creative process in writing her début novel ‘The Godless Boys’and her advice for aspiring authors was insightful and inspiring with some lovely anecdotes

Our four authors were Maria Hummer, Orlando Brooke, Joyce Greenaway and Isabelle King (who also hosted the evening.) Each read the first extract from a novel they are currently working on. They then had a short time afterwards where they could ask the audience questions about their work and receive feedback.

A big two thumbs up to the wonderful twenty guests that night who gave some very helpful and constructive feedback, all whilst enjoying a drink in West London’s cosiest and most arty pub!

The interactive aspect of Books Talk Back is what makes this literary event so unique and can be particularly useful for the unpublished authors involved. Our guests included screen writers, playwrights, an independent film company, a member of The Poetry Society and an award winning comedy duo!

You can follow us on Twitter @BooksTalkBack for updates about future events. If you would like to be involved in future events please get in touch

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Authors Announced!

Books Talk Back is very excited to announce the authors who will each be reading the beginning extract of their first novel. Here’s a bit about them…

Orlando Brooke

Orlando is an actor, comedian and sketch-writer; he started writing a novel 3 years ago in an attempt to hoover out his head – but has since realised it’s a lot tougher than just hitting the On switch! He is a vegetarian, avid Arsenal fan, cricket-nut and wannabe sports commentator.

Maria Hummer

Maria Hummer was born in Toledo, Ohio and lives in London. She is an award-winning author of short stories, screenplays, and the occasional poem. She is currently working on the film adaptation of her magical realist short story ‘He took off his skin for me.’ More information can be found at .

Joyce Greenaway

Joyce owns a Celtic sensibility, has had more careers than is socially acceptable and is no longer asked her age by small children. Surely there must be a book in her. Somewhere. So, on the top of a 220 London bus she began to daydream and by Hammersmith, the genesis of an idea was sparked, born and saved via Blackberry, prior to its watery demise (don’t ask). Joyce’s day job is generally in sales, her night job generally in acting and her past lost to the world of law.

Isabelle King

Yup, it’s me. Click the ‘About’ Page!

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Exciting news!

Books Talk Back is thrilled to have Naomi Wood on board for the first event. Naomi will be answering some questions about the creative process involved in writing her début novel ‘The Godless Boys.’

We will be announcing the authors soon…watch this space!

The Godless Boys


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Date and Venue confirmed for the Event

The first ever(!!!) Books Talk Back event will be held at The Rose & Crown, W5 4HN, just a minute’s walk from South Ealing station (on the Piccadilly line) It’s a lovely pub which holds lots of exciting events. Don’t miss their Summer Shakespeare in the Garden!

Come have a drink and listen to some new writing! 

If you would like to attend Books Talk Back all you need to do is three things. Firstly, pop this date in your diary- September 12th 6-10 pm. Secondly, email so that you can be added to the guest list. Thirdly, spread the word! If your friends are fellow literary enthusiasts do invite them along. Places are limited so please be sure to email the above address. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know any further information. You can also visit the ‘About’ page to find out more.


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