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
A conversation with debut authors and pizza in London, a literary afternoon tea in Manchester, and fizz and fabulous company in Sherborne… We're sensing a foodie theme to the bookish goodness in October and we're loving it!
28 September-4 October – We mentioned Henley Literary Festival last month, as it started in September, but we want to reiterate some of the fabulous events happening in early October: Proof Party with Tinder Press (1 October, £9), Book Club Friday with our very own Cesca Major (2 October, £7), and a Writing Workshop with Claire McGowan and Tasmina Perry (4 October, £7).
1 October-2 December – Off the Shelf in Sheffield is one of the largest literary festivals in the UK. Events we're particularly excited for include: a discussion with Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author Karen Joy Fowler (7 October, free), A Slice of Sheffield with local author Susan Elliot Wright (10 October, £4), DIY Publishing (13 October, free), Fictionalising Your Own Experience workshop (17 October, £8) and Novel Slam 2015, where you can pitch your novel in front of a panel of published writers and have the opportunity to get your novel read by a literary agent (27 October, £5)!
2-11 October – Wimbledon will be taken over by Bookfest 2015 this month, boosting plenty of events across the ten days it is running for. For women's fiction readers and writers of particular interest will be a conversation with author Lisa Genova (8 October, £12.50) and a panel on How to Get Published (11 October, £10).3 October – The Time Traveler's Wife is arguably one of the most romantic and devastating love stories of all time, and readers will have the opportunity to attend a discussion with the book's author, Audrey Niffenegger, as part of the Cheltenham Festival this month. Tickets are £10.
12 October – We don't know what we love more, afternoon tea or books… Luckily the Manchester Literary Festival has solved that age-old problem for us by hosting an Afternoon Tea with author Deborah Moggach as part of their programming! Tickets are £20/£18 and include tea and scones.
14-18 October – Who says the mainland gets all the bookish fun? The Isle of Wight Literary Festival boosts some amazing events, including Victoria Hislop (16 October, £14), Quick Reads panel with Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sophie Hannah and Fanny Blake (17 October, £8.50), Secrets and Scandals: What Makes a Bestseller? with Penny Vincenzi, Fanny Blake and Harriet Evans (17 October, £8.50), and a Debut Writers Salon with festival fiction programmer Georgina Moore and authors Kate Hamer, Sarah Leipciger and Lucy Foley (17 October, £8.50).
17 October – For Norfolk book lovers there will be a reading and Q&A with local author Heidi Swain in Norwich. You will have the chance to ask her all about her debut novel The Cherry Tree Cafe, and there will even be complimentary drinks!
17 October – Do you want to write romantic fiction? Choc Lit-published authors Rhoda Baxter and Jane Lovering are running a course in York to teach you about the basics of plot and writing. Tickets for the full day course are £80 and includes one to one feedback on a piece of your writing.
18 October – Love fizz, fun and fabulous company? Of course you do! Then join Carole Matthews, James Crowden and members of the Literary Society Committee at the Sherborne Literary Society Festival for a relaxed afternoon with fizz and chocolate. Tickets are £15.
26 October – We find there's always something very special about reading a debut novel and discovering a new voice to fall in love with. Foyles Charing Cross Road in London is hosting an exciting event with three debut authors in conversation with journalist and Vintage Podcast host Alex Clark. There will be pizza and drinks too and it's completely free to attend! Booking is recommended.
30 October – A trio of fabulous authors, Jill Mansell, Lulu Taylor and Stella Newman, will be talking about what it takes to write great women's fiction and introduce their latest books at Yeovil Literary Festival. Tickets are £5/£3.
30 October – As part of the Culture Bite Festival in Uxbridge (London) join authors Rachel Hore and Susan Elliot Wright, in conversation with Simon & Schuster editor Clare Hey, to talk about how to write a novel and getting it published. Tickets are £10 and include a talk and Q&A, a chance to mingle with the panel and a goody bag to take home.
30 October – Books and the City's Girls on Tour series offers the opportunity to join bestselling authors Jane Costello, Andy Jones and Paige Toon in conversation with editor Clare Hey at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Hillingdon (London). Tickets are £7 and include a goody bag, fizz and nibbles!
31 October – Another event in the Girls on Tour series welcomes authors Sandra Howard, Milly Johnson and Iona Grey with editor Clare Hey at The Great Barn in Hillingdon (London). Tickets are £7 again and this time around include a goody bag, tea and cake
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.