Writing Salon with Karen Campbell & Michèle Roberts

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Writing and the Creative Process 

A Writing Salon with Karen Campbell, Michèle Roberts and chaired by Sarah LeFanu

Wednesday 4th November 2015


Karen Campbellis a graduate of Glasgow University’s renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, Proof of Life and, This Is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime.Her most recent novel Rise is about love, freedom & finding your place in the world, and looks at Scotland in the run-up to the referendum.   A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. Karen also teaches creative writing, and was recently awarded a Creative Scotland Artist’s Bursary for research into her next novel. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.

Michèle Roberts has published twenty books, including twelve highly acclaimed novels. Daughters of the House won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and her memoir Paper Houses was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her most recent novel Ignorance was longlisted for the Impac Award and the Orange Prize. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud: Stories of Sex and Love. Half-English and half-French, Michèle Roberts lives in London and in the Mayenne, France. She is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Biographer Sarah LeFa
nu is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. Her most recent book is S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream. She regularly chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas and for the Bath Literature Festival.

Acclaimed Bloomsbury novelists Karen Campbell and Michèle Roberts invite you to join them for a talk on the writing process. They’ll discuss the nature of creativity, where their ideas and characters for their books come from, and how they approach writing and editing. Biographer and author Sarah LeFanu will be here to chair the event.

Karen and Michèle will share how they turn their ideas into fantastic novels, how they explore identity through writing and how to channel your inner critic into a force for good.  

Karen Campbell’s new novel, Rise, is an exhilarating, luminous novel about freedom and forgiveness, and finding your place in the world. Michèle Roberts's latest novel, Ignorance, is a mesmerising exploration of guilt, faith, desire and judgment, bringing to life a people at war in a way that is at once lyrical and shocking.

Join the authors for drinks, a book signing, and an interactive exploration of the writing process.

Ticket Details

Date: Wednesday 4th November
Time: Drinks at 6pm and talk at 6.30pm
Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP
Tickets: £10 and £6 for students, including wine

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