This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
by Zarina de Ruiter
Will you be heading off to warmer shores (accompanied by a suitcase full of summer reads, of course) or are you having a staycation and enjoying the latest novels from the comfort of your own garden or local park? Whatever your plans this July, make sure to clear some time in your diary for some of the fab bookish events happening across the UK!
3 July – Carys Bray (A Song for Issy Bradley) will be in conversation with fellow author Amanda Brooke (The Missing Husband) at the Wordpool Festival in Blackpool where they will discuss the inspiration behind their latest novels and what happens to a character when their world is suddenly changed overnight. Tickets are £3/£2.50.
4 July – Meet popular women's fiction Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones Bluewater, where she will be signing copies of her much-anticipated new novel, Dream a Little Dream.
7 July – Deborah Moggach (author of among others The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) will be at the Telegraph's Way With Words Festival to talk about the inspiration behind her new novel, Something to Hide. Tickets are £10.
8-11 July – Penzance Literary Festival in Cornwall sees the official launch of Laura Barnett's much talked about novel The Versions of Us at Edge of the World bookshop (free), Nina Stibbe in conversation at the Acorn Theatre (£3/£2) and a host of insightful writing workshops on topics such as self-publishing, writer's block and editors' reject piles.
10 July – Waterstones Glasgow (Argyle Street) will welcome local author Joanna Bolouri to the shop to discuss her latest novel I Follow the Rules, for what they promise to be an entertaining evening, followed by a book signing!
11 July – Ampthill Literary Festival will feature the likes of Jenny Eclair and Lisa Williamson for a jam-packed day of writing and reading inspiration. Check out the full list of author appearances and events on their website.14-16 July – Have you always wanted to have the chance to see the legend that is Judy Blume in real life? Waterstones is hosting evenings with the author in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh so book your tickets to see her now! They're £7/£5 each for each of the locations.
15 July – Join Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love) in conversation with friend and author Matt Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive) at the Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road in London. This is a free event, but reservation is recommended.
20-25 July – Do you want to learn how to write women's popular fiction from the pros? Then join Julie Cohen, Rowan Coleman and Katie Fforde at a retreat in Wales. Tickets are quite steep at £475 for a shared room, but then again you'll have the opportunity to learn from some of the best over the course of 5 days!
Enjoy! And as ever, if you know of any other bookish events coming up this month or the next, just comment below or tweet me on @zarinatweets.