Date: Friday 27th January 2017
Venue: Art Gallery, Lichfield Street
Tickets: Free Entry
When Catherine O'Flynn and James Hannah shared an office at the turn of the millennium, the idea of even finishing a novel (or in Catherine's case, starting a novel) seemed another millennium away. Six years later (or in James's case sixteen years later) they had debut novels under their belts, award recognition and everything an aspiring writer could dream of. So what happened there? Catherine and James share their experiences of publishing their debut novels, and discuss whether you can ever plan for it, or whether it's just all a happy accident.
Catherine O’Flynn is the author of three novels and the editor of a short story collection. Her debut, What Was Lost, won the 2008 Costa First Novel Award and she was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards. She is a regular reviewer for The Guardian and guest on Radio 4’s Saturday Review. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Granta, The New York Times, The Independent and on BBC Radio and has been described as ‘the JG Ballard of Birmingham...finding poetry and meaning where others see merely boredom and dereliction"
James Hannah lived in Wolverhampton throughout the Premier League years, and now lives in Shropshire. His first novel, 'The A to Z of You and Me', was published by Doubleday in March 2015, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction.