Ashleigh Nugent: LocksAshleigh Nugent: Locks

Ashleigh Nugent: Locks

Ashleigh Nugent attended the Literary festival in full force, bringing exceptional energy to the Saturday to discuss his debut novel ‘Locks’, a truly emotional story based upon his time spent in a Jamaican detention centre.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Review of Pat Nevin and Anthony QuinnReview of Pat Nevin and Anthony Quinn

Review of Pat Nevin and Anthony Quinn

Pat Nevin and Anthony Quinn brought the festival to an incredible close, they were a superb choice for the finale, discussing football and writing, and the art of connecting the two together. Both Pat and Tony expressed their love for football, but also their love for art and culture and how the two are not worlds apart as they are normally perceived to be.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Review of Hannah LoweReview of Hannah Lowe

Review of Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe is a poet and memoirist who writes beautifully about her life as a teacher and how she was constantly learning from the experiences of the children she taught, which in turn contributed to her life as a writer, teacher, and individual. Hannah discussed her new book ‘The Kids’, a collection of poems in sonnet form that address her life as a teacher and the learning journey she faced.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Review of Jenny RadcliffeReview of Jenny Radcliffe

Review of Jenny Radcliffe

Jenny Radcliffe, a security consultant, or a criminal with a conscience engaged with and compelled the audience to delve deeper it the understandings of people and situations. Her book, 'People Hacker – Confessions of a Burglar for Hire' is an anecdotal and hilarious collection of stories and reflections by Jenny Radcliffe about her career as a professional ethical hacker.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Review of Emma FlintReview of Emma Flint

Review of Emma Flint

Emma Flint is a true crime author, of two novels: Little Deaths and Other Women. In her talk at the Liverpool Literary Festival, hosted by Dr Melissa Raines, she spoke about developing her characters, real crimes, and the process of writing her novels. For either a new writer or just a true crime fan, her talk was informative and interesting to all those sitting in the audience, listening to the process of writing a true crime novelist.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Melanie Sykes Melanie Sykes

Melanie Sykes

At the talk about her memoir, ‘Illuminations: Autism and all the Things I’ve Left Unsaid’, Melanie Sykes explained the reality of living with autism. Immediately, Sykes advocated for her sensory needs by requesting that the lights were dimmed, giving the Leggate Theatre a cosy and intimate atmosphere. There is always the worry when any discussion of neurodiversity occurs, that only the negative aspects of the condition will be acknowledged. With the self-proclaimed ‘northerner to the core’, these fears were quickly dispelled. The consistent thread running through Sykes’ hour-long discussion was not even her memoir, but actually autistic joy.

Posted on: 29 April 2022

Professor Dame Averil MansfieldProfessor Dame Averil Mansfield

Professor Dame Averil Mansfield

Two words come to mind when describing the Liverpool Literary Festival’s conversation with Professor Dame Averil Mansfield: warm and inspiring. Sat in the Legate Lecture Theatre – a room named after Mansfield’s dean during her time at the university, and the room she wrote her final papers in – it is hard not to feel a sense of intimacy and a step back in time with every word she speaks.

Posted on: 29 April 2022