17-18th November, 2018: Not Home exhibition of portraits and stories from people living in unsupported temporary accommodation in Manchester @ The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester. 12.00-15.00 on Saturday; 12.00-16.00 on Sunday.



Saturday 1 July, 2017: 7pm @ The Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Didsbury, M20 2RQ. Free entry. Re/Place(d) – stories that are right up your street – From the Gates of Hell to a grand Victorian railway hotel, take a tour of local places through the site-specific short stories of critically acclaimed and award-winning writers Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher, set against a backdrop of archive film and photography. Supported by Arts Council England.

Friday 22nd April 2016: 7.00pm @ Gorilla, Manchester: Literary Death Match

Sunday 4th October 2015: 11.00am @ Marlborough Literature Festival, Assembly Room, Town Hall, Marlborough: Breakfast with Tessa Hadley and Sarah Butler

Sunday 4th October 2015: 1.30pm @ Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough: Creative Writing Workshop for adults: developing strong characters

Monday 26th October 2015: 7.30pm @ Verbose, Fallow cafe, 2a Landcross Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6NA: Headlining with Kate Feld and David Gaffney, revisiting our collaboration for the Re/Place writing project at this year’s Chorlton Arts Festival.

Sunday 6th September 2015: 4.00pm @ Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden: Writing and Place workshop for Gladfest.

Sunday 28th June 2015: 2.00-3.00pm @ The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG: Walking The Edge, a conversation about a new commission, walking the edge of Didsbury, for Didsbury Arts Festival

Tuesday 16th June 2015: 7.00pm (for 7.30 start) @ Booka Bookshop, Oswestry: Picador, Pizza and Prosecco, readings and conversation with Sarah Butler, Rebecca Wait and David Whitehouse

Wednesday 20th May 2015: 7.30pm @ PROOF, Manchester Road, Chorlton, Free entry: reading newly commissioned work. Part of Chorlton Arts Festival

Wednesday 15th April 2015: 7pm @ Waterstones, Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD: Supporting the launch of Paul McVeigh’s novel, The Good Son, alongside poet Jo Bell. RSVP:

Thursday 19th March 2015: 7pm @ Tea & Tipple, Forum Books, 18 Market Place, Corbridge: Picador Panel, readings and conversation with Sarah Butler, Emily St.John Mandel and David Whitehouse

Wednesday 18th March 2015: 7pm @ The New Bookshop, 42-44 Main St, Cockermouth: Pizza and Picador, readings and conversation with Sarah Butler, Emily St.John Mandel and David Whitehouse

Tuesday 17th March 2015: 7pm @ Urmston Books, 72 Flixton Road, Manchester: Picador Panel, readings and conversation with Sarah Butler, Emily St.John Mandel and David Whitehouse

Monday 16th March 2015: 7pm @ Pavillion Cafe, Ashton Gardens: Picador at The Pavillion, readings and conversation with Sarah Butler, Emily St.John Mandel and David Whitehouse

Thursday 12th March 2015: 7pm @ Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW: Launch of BEFORE THE FIRE with additional Manchester-inspired readings from David Gaffney and Kate Feld.

Saturday 7th February 2015: 3.15pm @ Gladstone’s Library Hearth Weekend: How Far Can You Go? What are the issues involved in creating characters who are ‘far away’ from the writer’s own identity and experience?

Monday 26th January 2015: 6.45pm @ Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London: Writing Climate Change, reading from newly commissioned work.

Sunday 15th June 2014: 6.00pm, Chateau de Lavigny, Lavigny, Switzerland: public reading as part of writing fellowship.

Thursday 27th March 2014: 7.30pm @ Blackwells Bookshop, The Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester. RUINED: Short stories from Long Lost Places, part of Manchester Histories festival. Free!

Monday 17th February 2014: 7.00pm @ The Case Restaurant, Leicester, with Tania Hershman, Diriye Osman and Dave Lordan for The Word Factory. Tickets available online.

Friday 1st November 2013: 10.00am – 4.00pm, writing live at Woolfson and Tay bookshop, 39 Bear Lane, London SE1 0UH as part of The Live Writing Series.

Sunday 29th September 2013: 12.00 @ Merchant’s House, Marlborough. Hiscox Young Authors event, with Peter Hobbs, chaired by Fanny Blake. Part of Marlborough Literature Festival.

Sunday 15th September 2013: 6.00-7.30pm @ Wise Words Festival, Canterbury. Ten Things I’ve Found: I will be paying attention to the lost, the discarded and the overlooked throughout the weekend. Join me for a candlelit discussion of my discoveries, plus readings from Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love.

Tuesday 30th April 2013: 6.30-8.00pm @ The Attic, 33-45 Parr Street, Liverpool. First Words; Debut Authors In Discussion as part of In Other Words, Liverpool Literature Festival.

Saturday 16th March 2013: 12.00-12.40 @ De Montfort University, Leicester. ‘Ten Things I’ve Learned About Literature’ – talk and reading at States of Independence event.

Saturday 2nd March 2013: 1.30-4.45pm @ Coventry University. Keynote speech for Student Writers’ Toolkit.

Wednesday 27th February 2013: 7.30pm @ The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, Guest slot at Bad Language

Wednesday 13th February 2013: 7pm @ The Platform Cafe, Hackney, London. Unvalentine’s Day, an evening of readings, music and comedy loosely themed around love. Free for Ministry of Stories volunteers, tickets £7 for everyone else (all proceeds go to MoS).

Wednesday 6th February 2013: 6.30pm @ International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, Manchester Launch of Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love

Thursday 31st January 2013: 6.30pm @ Goldsboro Books, London, London Launch of Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love

Wednesday 23rd January 2013: Reading at The Society Club, Soho, with Emma Straub and Emma Chapman – details tbc

Tuesday 22nd January 2013: 7.30pm @ The Old Firestation, Oxford, Short Stories Aloud