24th November 2022
26th May 202212:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Grand Central, Glasgow
Claire Alexander & Louise Kennedy
A sparkling drinks reception, followed by a delicious lunch while two award winning authors reveal the inspirations behind their latest books. Take a table of ten and entertain clients or socialise with friends or join our mixed tables and meet some likeminded women. Join us for a lunch that celebrates the good things in life; fizz, food, books and conversation.
Claire Alexander lives with her young family on the west coast of Scotland. A freelance journalist, she has written about parenting, sobriety, mental health and wellbeing for publications including The Washington Post, The Independent, The Huffington Post and Glamour. When she’s not writing or parenting she’s on her paddle board thinking about her next book.
Meredith, Alone, is beautiful, moving and unexpectedly timely and this time next summer everyone is going to know Claire Alexander’s name. Daisy Buchanan
Meredith Maggs hasn’t left her home in 1,214 days. But she insists she isn’t alone…
She has her cat Fred. Her friend Sadie visits when she can. There’s her online support group, StrenghthInNumbers. She has her jigsaws, favourite recipes, her beloved Emily Dickinson, the internet, the Tesco delivery man and her treacherous memories for company.
But somethings about to change. Whether Meredith likes it or not, the world is coming to her door…. Does she have the courage to overcome what’s been keeping her inside all this time?
Louise Kennedy was born and brought up in Belfast until she was 12, when the family moved south. The family pub had been bombed twice (it might be three times) when they decided to leave. She trained and worked as a chef for nearly 30 years, attending her first creative writing class when she was 47 years old. At 54, Louise Kennedy is now at the centre of the literary explosion in Ireland, an antidote to the younger school of writers. Twice shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, published in the Stinging Fly, read on BBC Radio 4, she was also the first Ciaran Carson Writing and the City Fellow at Queens University, Belfast.
Trespasses is a beautiful, devastating novel. It feels real and true, and it loves its characters, utterly authentic people trying to live ordinary lives in desperate times. This book will last. Nick Hornby
Cushla Lavery lives with her mother in a small town near Belfast. At twenty-four, she splits her time between her day job as a teacher to a class of seven-year-olds, and regular bartending shifts in the pub owned by her family. It’s here, on a day like any other – as the daily news rolls in of another car bomb exploding, another man shot, killed, beaten or left for dead – that she meets Michael Agnew, an older (and married) barrister who draws her into his sophisticated group of friends.
When the father of a young boy in her class becomes the victim of a savage attack, Cushla is compelled to help his family. But as her affair with Michael intensifies, political tensions in the town escalate, threatening to destroy all she is working to hold together.
As tender as it is unflinching, Trespasses is a masterfully executed and intimate portrait of those caught between the warring realms of the personal and political, rooted in a turbulent and brutally imagined moment of history – where it’s not just what you do that matters, but what you are.
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Excellent speakers, food and company - great event, not to be missed.
Daniela Gardiner, Panasonic