26 April - 9 May 2021

Thursday 29th April

Kathryn Koromilas

Event Time: 9:15 am

Join Kathryn Koromilas for a daily morning meditative writing session. In this calm and mindful session, we’ll meditate - in writing - with a poem. The intention of meditative writing is to help you remove mental obstacles, encourage mindful concentration, enhance your creative practice, and just generally supercharge your day. Sessions will be streamed live on Instagram, every morning from 9:15am to 9:45 am for the duration of the festival.

Follow the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival Instagram account to take part.

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Kathryn Koromilas is a creative writer, a teacher & a gentle, joyful Stoic! She uses ancient wisdom and writing practices to help reignite creativity, reimagine purpose, and foster a thriving writing practice.

Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils

Event Time: 12:00 pm

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Award-winning author David Farrier discusses his book, Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, with Esa Aldegheri.

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David Farrier is Professor of Literature and the Environment at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017 He received the Royal Society of Literature's Gules T Aubyn award for non-fiction. Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils has been (or is in the process of being) translated in seven languages.

Esa Aldegheri is a Scottish-Italian writer, academic and educator, working multilingually in migration studies at the University of Glasgow. She has chaired at numerous festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Her words have been shared in a variety of places including Granta, Gutter and the Gingko Prize Ecopoetry anthology, and have also been aired on BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week". She is a Lead Reader for Open Book and is steering the community engagement work for Push the Boat Out poetry festival in Edinburgh. Maps, trees and the sea make her happy.

Creating The Perfect Page Turner

Event Time: 5:00 pm

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Join thriller writers Penny Batchelor and Louise Mumford as they reveal the tips and tricks they use to keep readers obsessively turning those pages.

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Penny Batchelor

Penny Batchelor is an alumna of the Faber Academy online 'Writing a Novel' course. She is a freelance journalist, a former BBC content producer and website editor for various educational institutions, and lives in Warwickshire with her husband.

Her journalism has appeared in numerous publications including The Knitter, Vintage Life, Mollie Makes, Travel Africa, The Simple Things and Pretty Nostalgic magazines; and BBC Ouch!, money magpie.com, welovethisbook.com and The University of Warwick's Knowledge Centre websites. She is the editor of her award-winning knitting blog A Woolly Yarn, which is now solely social-media based on Facebook and Instagram.

Louise Mumford

Louise Mumford was born and lives in South Wales. She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is... stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)

In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then. Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.

Her debut thriller, Sleepless, was published by HQ on 10th Dec 2020.

British Writers Abroad

Event Time: 7:00 pm

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How might living abroad influence your writing? Join British writers living in Barcelona, France, Switzerland, and Italy as they discuss the pleasures and pains of online writing communities.

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Emma Christie

Emma Christie lives in Barcelona but was born and raised in Cumnock, an Ayrshire coal-mining town. After studying literature and medieval history at Aberdeen University she spent five years working as a news reporter with one of the UK’s top-selling regional daily newspapers, The Press and Journal. Throughout her journalism career, she secretly wanted to be every author she ever interviewed. The Silent Daughter is her debut novel, published by Welbeck. She’s currently working on her second book, due to be released late 2021.

Caroline Bishop

Caroline Bishop is a British freelance writer currently living in Switzerland. In the past 15 years or so she has written about travel, food and theatre for publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC Travel, Adventure Travel and France magazine. She was the editor of anglophone Swiss news site TheLocal.ch for two years, during which time she became fascinated with aspects of Swiss history and culture, particularly the evolution of women's rights, which forms the backdrop to The Other Daughter, her debut novel.

Gillian Harvey

Gillian Harvey started her career as a secondary school teacher in 2001, having graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in English. After eight years in the classroom she left the profession and moved to France with husband Ray to have an adventure. In 2012, Gillian took a pitching course and began freelancing for publications in the UK. She has written comment pieces and features for Guardian, Telegraph and Independent, and regularly writes features for magazines including People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, and Reader’s Digest. She also regularly writes short stories for women’s magazines. In 2020, Gillian Harvey became a columnist for Writing Magazine. Her ‘Under the Covers’ column takes a sideways look at life as an author. Gillian’s first novel, Everything is Fine, was published with Orion in May 2020. Her second, Perfect on Paper, is due for publication in May 2021.

Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist and author who has lived in the Ariege, close to the Pyrenees, since 2009 with her husband and two teenage children. Her debut novel, The Chalet, set in the French Alps, was published by Harper Collins in Nov 2020 and became a SundayTimes Top 5 Bestseller. Her next book, The Chateau, is also largely based in France and is due to be published in Sept 2021, followed by The Cruise in autumn 2022. www.catherinecooperauthor.com

Tom Benjamin

Tom Benjamin grew up in the suburbs of north London and began his working life as a journalist before becoming a spokesman for Scotland Yard. He later moved into public health, where he developed Britain's first national campaign against alcohol abuse, Know Your Limits, and led drugs awareness programme FRANK. He now lives in Bologna. Find Tom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @tombenjaminsays