Just a quite preview of an event I am attending next week as part of the Wimborne Literary Festival (WiLF). I first attended an excellent Sci-Fi/Fantasy event two years ago with Ben Aaronovich (Rivers of London), Mitch Benn (Terra) and Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers.com), and there was no festival last year, but this year I have chosen two events to attend – more on the other one later!
The first event is Lisa Jewell & Lucy Clarke in Conversation, on 18th May at Wimborne Library (tickets available from Gullivers, Wimborne or The Westbourne Bookshop).
I was primarily interested in hearing Lucy Clarke speak as I had not yet read any of Lisa Jewell’s work, but I have just finished The Making of Us in prep for the event, and I was really impressed – it’s a fairly unique story and there are lots of twists to keep you interested.
Lucy Clarke is a local author, and I have, so far read two of her three novels, one of which (The Sea Sisters) was a title featured on the Richard and Judy book club. All of Lucy’s books have a very strong connection to the sea, and I’ll be very interested to hear her touch on that during the talk.
Lucy’s latest book, The Blue, is the main focus of her part of the event, and I have just finished reading it this week – although the book is set in a way that might make you think it fits into a contemporary women’s fiction mould, there is a very strong mystery thread throughout, and there is plenty of suspense alongside the backpackers’ paradise that is described.
The Wimborne Literary Festival itself begins on 12th May, and you can find out more and download the full programme here. There are many and varied events, running up until 21st May, so lots there to take a look at.