Choc Lit – Readers evening

£5 per person

Suitable for ages 16+

Calling all book lovers and budding authors! Join women’s fiction publisher Choc Lit for an evening of fun!

There’ll be a chance to meet local authors and hear about their writing journeys, quizzes and games (with prizes!) to take part in, new and exciting books to discover and – if you’re an aspiring author – there’ll be the opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a Choc Lit editor.

Tickets price includes a goody bag which is worth more.

There’ll also be chocolate, of course!

Please note: For the writers in the group, there will be an opportunity to pitch manuscript ideas to the Choc Lit editorial staff in attendance. You will need to book this in advance. To book, please email pauline.martin@southtyneside.gov.uk.


About the authors

Juliet Archer

Juliet Archer describes herself as ‘a 19th-century mind in a 21st-century body – actually, some days it’s the other way round’. The youngest of four girls, she was born and bred in North-East England, where she met her future husband. Unlike Anne Elliot in Jane Austen’s Persuasion, she got married despite pressure to wait until she’d finished her degree, and emerged from the University of Nottingham with a First in French and Russian. Thirty years later, she is still married and lives in Hertfordshire.

Juliet’s first novel in the series, The Importance of Being Emma won the 2011 Big Red Reads Fiction Award and was short-listed for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Joanna Trollope stated it was: “An ingenious and often effective, very affectionate tribute to a great predecessor with some witty contemporary versions of characters that I think Jane Austen herself would have loved.”

Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in Peoples Friend, The Weekly News, It’s Fate, Vintage Script, Ghost Voices and First Edition. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.

Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.

Jane Lovering

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works part-time and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing.

Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described  as ‘quirky’.

Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.


WRITE Festival 2018

This event is part of The Word’s WRITE Festival which is being held between 12 – 25 May 2018.

The Festival is jam-packed with events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy. Find out more by viewing our full WRITE Festival programme.


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