**LATEST: Live event data for all countries is now constantly refreshed on my Facebook page. Nip to the page here for all my latest book events**
<<UK LIBRARY TOUR 2016>>
**FREE EVENT** Come along to hear me talk about my second book in the Project Trology, The Killing Files. A perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn how I wrote the novel and came up with the idea, from first draft through to publication.
To see all the dates as they appear, go to my Facebook Author page here.
<<STORY SLAM: THE IMPROV YEARS>>
When: Sunday 28th August
Where: Black Book Cafe, Silver Rooms, Stroud, Glos
Live event update: Facebook event page
Always fancied yourself at making up a story, but never really had a chance? Love a bit of improv and watching people make stuff up, on the spot, on stage? Well, now’s your chance to be part of it all.
Introducing Stroud Story Slam – The Improv Years* at this year’s Stroud Fringe Festival. Rock up on the night to this FREE event, give us your name then you’ll have 30 seconds to prepare a story and two minutes to tell it.
But that’s not all! Because, even if you’re not telling a story, we need you: the items and situations for the on-the-spot stories will be shouted out by the audience. Yep, this is interactive, live-story telling at it’s very best. Anything could happen – who knows who’ll freeze on stage (cue hugs), blurt a laugh-out-loud tale or deliver some stunning prose.
And with a bar on the night, plus the winner receiving a prize AND the title of Fringe Story Slam King or Queen, no matter what the story, it’s sure to be a slam-dunk of an evening.
++This is FREE EVENT run for Stroud Fringe (by the seat of her pants) by Amazon Rising Star and international thriller author, Nikki Owen, with Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and acclaimed author, Caroline Sandersson.++
*The Improv Years is the light story slam sibling of the Godfather Story Slam event at Stroud’ first Book Festival this year in November. Look out for details.
<<BOOK SIGNING ALERT>>
Where: Stroud Bookshop, 23 High Street, GL5 1AJ Stroud, Gloucestershire
Data: Come along to the wonderful Stroud Bookshop – my local independent book store – where I’ll be signing brand new copies of my latest novel The Killing Files. It’s a non-ticket event, so you can just pop on by. Looking forward to seeing you there!
<<The Killing Files UK Blog Tour for 2016 announced >>
The official 2016 UK Blog Tour for The Killing Files has now been announced, and includes reviews from some of the country’s top book bloggers. Click on the mage to view the full tour banner.
<<Literary festival appearances>>
Delighted to announce that I’ll be appearing at literary festivals throughout 2016.
Running from 3rd-8th May, The Chipping Campden Literature Festival is now in its seventh year and the number, quality and diversity of recently published history books – fact and fiction – has been remarkable. Thus the overall theme for 2016 has simply had to be ‘History’.
So, on 5th May I’ll be chairing the festival’s Big Book Group, talking to award winning novelist Justin Cartwright about his stunning book, Up Against the Night. It will be an evening event and, with the Big Book Group nights proving popular, its one to book soon.
To purchase tickets to the event, you can vist the festival website here
The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival runs on is a free public event celebrating books and reading. Founded in 2015 by local author Debbie Young, it is now a permanent fixture in the Cotswolds’ cultural calendar, with a main event in April and a pop-up event in August.
The festival will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016, sharing a packed programme of readings and discussion panels as before, and we will also be introducing new activities for children and workshops for all ages. I’ll be speaking in various guises at this wonderful local festival throughout the day:
Readings: 12.15pm Contemporary Fiction #1
Chair: John Lynch – with Adam Baron, Mari Howard, Jackie Kabler, Nikki Owen, Lynne Pardoe, and Thomas Shepherd
Talks: 2.15pm The Challenge of Writing About Difference
Chair: Dr Sarah Brown, clinical psychologist – with a panel of writers affected by or writing about characters with disabilities: Jo Allmond, J M Forster, Jess Hiles, Dan Holloway, Nikki Owen, Thomas Shepherd and Joy Thomas
3.15pm After Nordic Noir, What’s the Next Big Thrill?
Chair: Adam Baron, author of thrillers and literary fiction – with Dan Gooding, J J Franklin, Rosalind Minett and Nikki Owen
Workshops: Write a short story in an hour – this is part of the new Children’s festival at Hawesbury. Times and booking availability to follow.
To contact the festival and for bookings, click here
<<Writers: Learn how you can get published>>
Calling all aspiring authors! Next year I’ll be running a creative writing course on “How to get published” at the beautiful Hawkood College, in Stroud, Gloucestershire (UK). Hawkwood is an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.
During the course, I’ll be sharing all my experience and advice in how the publishing industry works and, crucially, what you need to do to break into it.
It will be held at Hawkwood College, Stroud, Gloucestershire (UK) on 26th July, 2016.
**For full details of the course and how to book, click here**
<<Mini-library tour announced>>
In November, I’ll be doing a mini-library tour in Gloucestershire, my home county (yay!). It’s an opportunity to meet me, ask any questions about writing and about how I dreamt up the idea for Spider and the Project trilogy. Bring along your copy of Spider to get it signed!
Details of events are below. To attend, contact the library directly. Tickets available for some events.
Date: Friday 6th November
Contact: Julie Davies Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wednesday 11th November
Contact: Pauline Pearce Email: email@example.com
Date: Thursday 12th November, 2015
Contact: Sally Williams Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
<<Spider selected as TV AM Ireland’s July Book Club pick>>
What: TV AM Book Club
Venue: TV AM Ireland
When: Tuesday 7th July, 2015 – 09:20
Data: Spider has been chosen for Ireland’s TV AM Book Club read for July! Whoop! Tune into TV AM Ireland at 09.20 on Tuesday 7th July where Spider is being discussed by the TV AM Book Club team. Spider fans can also catch up on the web link here
What: Q&A reader session
Venue: Crime Book Club, Facebook
When: Thursday 2nd July, 2015 from 18:00 to 20:30
Data: I’ll be answering questions tonight from with readers in the Crime Book Club. Catch the chat link here
What: Radio interview with Dominic Cotter of BBC Radio Gloucestershire
Venue: On air via BBC Radio Gloucestershire
When: 16:00 on 24th June, 2015
Data: Me talking to Dominic Cotter about her debut novel, The Spider in the Corner of the Room
<<Nikki on regional radio>>
What: Regional radio interviews
Venue: UK Regional radio stations
When: 16th June, 2015
Data: On Tuesday 16th June, I’ll be talking about Spider on the following regional radio stations…
10:30-11 BBC Radio Jersey with Sara Palmer
11:00-11:20 BBC Hereford & Worcester with Kate Justice
12:15-12:45 BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Dominic Cotter
15:00-15:15 BBC Radio Jersey – 3@3 slot – Nikki chooses her three favourite songs
<<UK Blog Tour starts>>
What: UK Blog Tour for The Spider in the Corner of the Room
When: 3rd-13th June 2015
Data: I starts the blog tour from 3rd June. Join these great book bloggers to discover everything about me (!) and Spider…
Wednesday 3rd June lizlovesbooks.com
Thursday 4th June mmcheryl.wordpress.com
Friday 5th June reading-room-with-a-view.blogspot.co.uk
Saturday 6th June bookaddictshaun.co.uk
Sunday 7th June britishbookwormblog.com
Monday 8th June lynseysbooks.blogspot.co.uk
Tuesday 9th June tracyshephard.wordpress.com
Wednesday 10th June edelwaugh.blogspot.co.uk
Thursday 11th June sueandherbooks.blogspot.co.uk
Friday 12th June crimebookclub.co.uk
Saturday 13th June northern crime.wordpress.com