We know writing can be a lonely business. For some of course, thats part of the appeal. But we can all benefit from stepping out from behind the keyboard, sharing experiences, asking questions, and airing those nagging doubts. That’s why we need your help to create a networking forum for the Ryedale writing community.
In return we’re offing a chance to spend a morning hearing from a diverse panel of successful writers and putting your questions to them, before sharing an informal lunch and further one-to-one conversations. Then in the afternoon it gets really exciting; if you have a published or self-published book to promote, you’ll be able to set up shop and present your work to the Book Festival public.
Hosted by nature writer and editor Amy-Jane Beer, who is a biologist and author of several books on natural history, most recently Cool Nature (Pavilion). She is a columnist and feature writer for BBC Wildlife magazine and editor of Wildlife World magazine.
The panel of special guests will include 2015 Blue Peter Book Prize winner Andy Seed, who is also author of the All Teachers Great and Small series, children’s author M. Christina Butler, whose charming picture story books have been published by Little Tiger Press, historical writer Lucy Beckett, whose The Leaves are Falling, won the Aquinas Prize for fiction; and Tom Needham, whose drama is produced regularly on the television. Also on the panel are Bill Spence, whose best known books were written using the pen name Jessica Blair, and Harriet Vyner, whose writing career includes the autobiographies of Robert Fraser and Jools Holland as well as experience in copywriting and editing commercial text.
Joining the writers are publishers Stairwell Books, a York-based publishing company that specialises in bringing the words of Yorkshire writers to print.