Come and spend a day with some East Anglian Authors chaired by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is the internationally best selling author of the novels Melmoth, The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes The Flood and the non-fiction Essex Girls. She is a winner of the Waterstone's Book of the Year Awards and the British Book Awards, and has been nominated for major literary prizes including the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Folio Prize and the Costa Novel Award. Her essays have been widely published and she has contributed to the Guardian, the New York Times, the Observer and the London Review of Books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has a PhD in Creative Writing and has been a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague and a Writer in Residence in Gladstone's Library and The Savoy Hotel in London. Her second novel, the No 1 best seller The Essex Serpent is currently being adapted for television starring Claire Danes in the lead role. 


11.00am Sarah Perry in conversation with Stephen Buoro and D.J. Taylor.

Stephen Buoro was born in Nigeria in 1993. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where he received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship. He lives in Norwich and Andy Africa is his first novel. 

D.J. Taylor is a writer/critic born in Norwich in 1960 with a career spanning over 35 years. He is the author of 12 novels, numerous non-fiction books and acclaimed biographies of Thackeray and George Orwell, for which he won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. Following the discovery of new material, in 2023 he released a second biography of George Orwell, Orwell: The New Life, which was released in paperback in March 2024.


12.30pm Polly Cross will be interviewed by Leanne Fridd (owner of Bookbugs and Dragon Tales bookshop)

Polly grew up on the Suffolk coast and now lives in the heart of Norfolk with her husband and son, her ancient rescue cat, Dali and her scruffy lurcher Nell. Polly is passionate about nature and her writing is very much inspired by the local landscape. 

After a whirlwind of a year which saw Polly receive writing scholarships from both Curtis Brown Creative and The University of East Anglia's MA in Creative Writing, she went on to be a runner up in the Bridport Prize's Peggy Chapman Andrews Award for a first novel. 

Polly's debut novel, The Illustrated Child, was snapped up by HarperCollins HQ in the UK in a 48 hour pre-empt and a few days later by HarperCollins Park Row Books in North America. Her first novel for young adults, This Tale is Forbidden, came out in January, and her next novel for adults, The House of Fever, will be out in August. 

Panel of Karen Angelico, Rachel Hore and Kate Sawyer.

Karen Angelico was born in Coventry and grew up in the West Midlands. After moving between Surrey, Kent, Bahrain and Essex, she now lives in Suffolk with her four sons and works as a senior copywriter. She has a degree in Literature & Art History and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. 

Rachel Hore is a British fiction writer living in Norwich. After reading Modern History at St Catherine's College, Oxford. She worked at HarperCollins until moving to Norfolk with her husband, the author D.J. Taylor and three children. 

Kate Sawyer worked as an actor and producer and wrote several short films before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Waterstone's Fiction Book of the Month, This Family. Her debut novel, The Stranding, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, won the East Anglian fiction prize, was adapted for BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and is being developed for television by Fremantle and Afua Hirsch's production company Born In Me. 

Refreshments will be available all day to purchase. 

This is a supporter event and all profits raised will benefit The Norfolk Hospice. 

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