Rising Literary Stars II – Win all the featured books!

This Thursday, 28th July at 7pm we are hosting our second panel discussion featuring some of the most exciting new literary talent around at the moment. At our previous Rising Literary Stars we had Poppy Adams (shortlisted for the Costa 1st Novel 2008 for The Behaviour of Moths), Samantha Harvey (winner of the Betty Trask Prize and AMI Literature award in 2009 for The Wilderness), James Miller (Lost Boys and Sunshine State, one of the Time Out Rising Stars of 2008) and Ali Shaw (winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize, shortlisted for Costa 1st Novel in 2009 for The Girl With the Glass Feet). It was a vibrant, interesting and fun evening.

This time we have a panel that is, perhaps, even more mouth-watering:

John Butler columnist, screenwriter and now novelist. His first novel is Tenderloin a modern take on the coming of age tale. School friends Evan and Milo who head off to San Francisco from Dublin in search of fame and fortune. Things do not necessarily turn out as planned. A wry, comic debut written with assurance and a fresh, exciting perspective.



Rachel Genn uses the story of an Irish labourer in London to explore themes of identity, loneliness and displacement in The Cure Her background as a doctor of neuroscience lends an insight to the human condition that is intriguing but not over-played.



Dan Holloway We have blogged and tweeted a lot about Dan since The Company of Fellows won the poll on this blog for Your Favourite Oxford Novel. But enough about Company, Dan is an extremely versatile writer, currently I am reading ‘Songs From the Other Side of the Wall’ which is more Murukami than Thomas Harris, and is a whirlwind of creativity as blogger, publisher and performer.


Lee Rourke is another favourite of this blog. The Canal, which won the ‘Not the Booker Prize’ in The Guardian last year and is in the process of being turned into a film. It is a book that created a huge stir in our shop and has become one of the books most recommended by our booksellers to customers. Lee is also very active online as contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine, contributor at Scarecrow as well being an essayist, reviewer and literary critic.



Naomi Wood Godless Boys is set in an alternative 1980s England where The Church rules and members of the outlawed Secular Movement are deported to The Island off the North East coast. A parallel world which allows a deft examination of faith, love and power. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing programme at UEA and has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.


Bringing some order and insight to proceedings will be Nicholas Royle – novelist, commissioning editor at Salt Publishing and editor of The Best British Short Stories



***STOP PRESS*** Stuart Evers was due to appear but will now be engaged at a glitzy awards ceremony. We fancy him to win and wish him well!

Massive systemic changes are taking place in publishing and bookselling, and I suspect some of these themes will be touched on during the discussion, but is writing itself changing in a similar fashion? This is a great chance to hear from and ask questions of a clutch of the most talented new wave of published authors in the country.

Reserve a place on the coat tails of five extraordinary new authors as their literary stock will undoubtedly rise and rise and rise. Come along and you will be able say that you were there for the literary equivalent of seeing The Beatles at The Cavern Club in 1961!

Every ticket holder will enter a prize draw to win a copy of each of the books featured on the night. Tickets cost £2, book your place now by popping into the shop or telephoning 01865 333623



  1. Bloody hell! Who’s that terrifying, wild-eyed bearded guy who looks like Renoir on speed?!? That’ll teach me to have photos taken without glasses on! I’m so looking forward to this night. Thank you so much to Blackwell’s for having me 🙂

  2. Actually, that is the best picture I have ever seen of Dan. I have Company already loaded onto a brand new Kindle now on its way to me from Amazon… I’m in Australia, so it’s not like instant delivery!

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