by Zarina de Ruiter
Spring is almost upon us! To accompany the season of new beginnings a whole host of exciting books are released in the upcoming weeks, both debut novels and much-anticipated works by established writers. This upcoming month you'll have the opportunity to meet many of the authors behind these releases at signings, launches and other events of the bookish variety.
26 February - 6 March – The Bath Literature Festival kicked off in February but there are some great events taking place in March too, including Deborah Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Tessa Hadley (Clever Girl) on 1 March, Lucy Diamond (Summer at the Shell Cottage) and Lindsay Hawdon (Jakob's Colours) on 4 March, and Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) also on 4 March. Tickets for all these events are £9 each.
1-31 March – The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is the much-discussed debut novel by Joanna Cannon. Joanna is visiting a whole slew of book shops this month to chat about her fab book, so be sure to pop by if you're in Manchester (1 March, £4), Birmingham (2 March, free), Doncaster (3 March, £1) or Salisbury (31 March, free).
3 March – Join the Tinder Press Party at Dulwich Books with authors Sarah Duguid (Look at Me), Sarah Leipciger (The Mountain Can Wait) and Rebecca Mackenzie (In a Land of Paper Gods) for just £3.
3 March – Waterstones Chelters is celebrating some exciting new releases during their evening with Dinah Jefferies (The Silk Merchant's Daughter) and Kate Riordan (The Shadow Hour). Tickers are £3, including refreshments.
6 March – Authors Holly Bourne (Am I Normal Yet?) and Eve Ainsworth (Crush) will be discussing the passion and power of female friendship: the wonder women of literature at this event in Manchester. Tickets are £3 and include refreshments.
9 March – We reviewed the gorgeous The Dandelion Years by Erica James last year and you lucky folks in Colchester can meet the author as she will be signing copies of her new novel, Song of the Skylark at Waterstones on the High Street.
10 March – Celebrate the launch of The Finding of Martha Lost with its author Caroline Wallace in Liverpool! Tickets are £3/£2.
10 March – Antonia Honeywell (The Ship) will be discussing a book that inspired her at Waterstones Islington. The Ship was one of my favourite novels of 2015 so do check it out. Tickets are completely free but booking is recommended.
12 March – Writing the anticipated 'the end' is not actually the end of your book's journey, next comes ensuring people discover your novel and getting engaged with readers. This masterclass by Rachel Abbott (Only the Innocent) take place in London and delves into how to promote your book. Tickets are £249 and include lunch.
12 March – Celebrate the launch Catherine Miller's debut novel, Waiting For You, at Oasis Down to Earth Farm in Southampton. Tickets are £4/£1 and include farm entry, tea/cake, craft activities and a raffle.
15 March – Join Sarah Winman (When God Was a Rabbit) at The Bookshop in Bath, where she'll be discussing her new novel, A Year of Marvellous Ways. Tickets are £6/£7.
17 March – This month's Bloomsbury Book Club hosts Meg Rosoff, in conversation with Stylist editor Lisa Smosarski, to discuss her highly anticipated debut adult novel, Jonathan Unleashed, at their offices in London. Tickets include drinks and are £20 with a hardback copy of the book and £10 without the book.
19 March – How do you convey your characters' feelings, thoughts and emotions in a convincing way? This workshop by author Susan Elliot Wright (The Things We Never Said) in Crookes will help you to decide when (and how) to show, and when it's ok to tell. You'll learn how to write sparkling dialogue that helps to advance your story and deepen your characters. Tickets are £40.
23 March – Always wanted to meet Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series)? Now is your chance! The author is joined by writer Laura Dockrill (Lorali) at the Penguin Random House offices in London to discuss their childhoods and how to write for younger audiences. Tickets are £15 and include two glasses of wine.
And that's it for March! Please comment below or tweet me on @zarinatweets if you'd like me to include your bookish event in an upcoming post.