We’re celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 with Bluemoose Writers!

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Bluemoose Books and this stellar lineup of writers.

In 2020, indie publisher Bluemoose Books decided to publish novels only from female authors. Those writers were Anna Vaught, Heidi James, Sharon Duggal and Anna Chilvers. This online panel event brings Heidi, Sharon and Anna together to talk about writing, their lives and what the future holds, and will be chaired by Bluemoose Editor, Annie Warren.

This is a free event with an option to donate. All proceeds raised will be split equally between our four panellists. We really appreciate any amount that you can spare. Please register on the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/independent-women-bluemoose-authors-for-international-womens-day-tickets-140691196155  and you will be sent a Zoom link for the event on Sunday 7th March at 5.30pm.

This is a partnership event between Leeds Big Bookend and Bluemoose Books. Copies of Bluemoose books can be obtained from: https://bluemoosebooks.com/ and other titles from the independent presses themselves or an independent bookshop near you.

Author Bios

Heidi James

Heidi James’ is the writer of novels, The Sound Mirror, So the Doves (The Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Month) and Wounding all published by Bluemoose Books. She was a finalist for the Cinnamon Poetry Collection Prize. Her novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter (published by Neon Press in April 2015) won the SaboteurAward. Her novel Carbon, was published by Blatt and is published in Spanish by El Tercer Nombre.



Sharon Duggal

Sharon Duggal grew up in Birmingham as part of a large Indian family. Her debut novel, The Handsworth Times (Bluemoose Books) was The Morning Star’s ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ (2016) and Brighton City Reads (2017). Her short stories appear in anthologies including The Book of Birmingham and Love Bites: Fiction Inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks. Her second novel, Should We Fall Behind, was published by Bluemoose in Oct 2020 to wide critical acclaim.



Anna Chilvers

Anna is a writer, a runner, a long distance walker, a mother, a teacher and a reader. She has three novels published by Bluemoose; East Coast Road (2020), Tainted Love, (2016) and Falling Through Clouds (2010). She has written a collection of short stories, Legging It (Pennine Prospects, 2012) and has also written poetry and scripts. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.



Annie Warren

Annie Warren is an editor, writer and translator. She has edited several books with Bluemoose, including East Coast Road by Anna Chilvers, The Moss House by Clara Barley and Sloot by Ian Macpherson. She is the author of The Lockdown Diaries. Her hobbies include breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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