Cross-genre writing is one of the most exciting arenas currently being explored by writers such as Kate Bradbury and Alys Fowler. Both have written striking emotionally rich memoirs which explore multiple themes through their brilliant stories.
Kate Bradbury is an award-winning author and journalist specialising in wildlife gardening. THE BUMBLE BEE FLIES AWAY is an affecting ode to growing hope against the odds in a backdoor garden and will inspire anyone who wants to do more to encourage their local wildlife.
Alys Fowler’s HIDDEN NATURE was recently short-listed for the Wainwright Golden Beer prize. It’s an emotional and compelling memoir about transformation when Alys sets out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham’s canal network. The book is about noticing the wild everywhere, including discovering and understanding our human internal wilderness.
Shena Mackay is one of our finest British writers and we are proud to be celebrating her work with fellow novelist Michèle Roberts.
Shena was born in Edinburgh in 1944 and her career began when she won a prize for a poem at the age of fourteen. She experienced success early when, before the age of twenty, her first two novels DUST FALLS ON EUGENE SCHLUMBERGER and TODDLER ON THE RUN were published. Nominated for the Booker with the wonderful novel THE ORCHARD ON FIRE she has been up for numerous awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. We are honoured to welcome her to chat about her work life with highly acclaimed author and friend, Michèle Roberts.
Michèle has had twelve novels published and is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her latest book is THE WALWORTH BEAUTY.