Coventry LitFest

Posted: February 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: authors, events | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »
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On Wednesday February 17th I will, once again, be joining the novelist Amanda Smyth at Coventry University to give a talk entitled “How I Write”.

Ours is the first talk in a 3-day series for Coventry Conversations. This time however, the formula has been extended to create a mini Literature Festival. The speakers during the week include Mr Golden Pen himself – Andrew Davies (screenwriter of films such as Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Vanity Fair, Wives and Daughters and Tipping the Velvet) and Nick Walker – whose novel Black Box was considered one of the year’s outstanding debuts in 2005.

All the talks are free and open to all, and take place at 13.00pm in Room ETG34, Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University, Jordan Well, Coventry.

  • 17th February: Mez Packer and Amanda Smyth
  • 18th February: Andrew Davies
  • 19th February: Nick Walker

Mez Packer podcast

Posted: July 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: authors, events, writing | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Mez Packer and Amanda Smyth discuss their novels, Among Thieves and Black Rock, with John Mair as part of the Coventry Literary Festival – in conjunction with Coventry Conversations.

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Panter podcast

Posted: May 28th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Download Link Check out the audio from the Horace Panter Coventry Conversation from May 19th


Coventry Conversation

Posted: May 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events, writing | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I was joined by Amanda Smyth at Coventry University yesterday. We read from our novels (Black Rock, Among Thieves) and answered questions about discipline, process, how much a new writer makes (fuck all), how much we have invested in our creativity (stupid amounts) etc. My answers in parentheses not Amanda’s. We had a good audience and I enjoyed myself, sold some books etc. I’d gone skidding across Coventry looking for copies of our respective books to sell as Amanda’s publisher had cocked up – or someone had – and no books had arrived at the venue – to find that Waterstones in Coventry had precisely one copy of each of our novels. How sad. But it all worked out fine.

Amanda was great fun and we had coffee afterwards with a friend of my daughter’s who turned up out of the blue. I think he was rather overwhelmed as me and Amanda lit gossiped. Between us we demonstrated the six degrees of separation theory. I know one or two people of note but Amanda knows tons of people and I know people who know other people so within a couple of minutes, at two degrees of separation only, we had got to  – Andrew Motion, Catherine O’Flynn, Ali Smith and Salman Rushdie. I danced with a man who danced with a girl – you know the song?

Thanks to John Mair for organising the event – and Coventry University for a free lunch.

Podcast to follow shortly.


Mez Packer & Amanda Smyth

Posted: May 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Coventry Conversation PosterPublicity posters for the Coventry Conversations event on May 20th have been released. Mez Packer and Amanda Smyth will give a short talk about their work and read from their respective novels; Among Thieves and Black Rock.

The event is part of the third International Coventry Literary Festival and is followed by a professional lecture at the Herbert Art Gallery Cafe featuring Carole Angier – the award-winning biographer of Jean Rhys.