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Writers Roundtable

Sunday 10 April 2016

1 Hour


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Three exciting new writers join forces to discuss their work.

Peter Hanington is a long-serving editor on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. His debut novel, A Dying Breed, features a veteran and wayward BBC reporter and a young producer sent to Kabul to control him. The real story, however, lies in the shadowy world between Kabul’s streets, the corridors of the BBC and the chambers of Whitehall.

Kate Hamer’s debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat, follows a mother’s search for her missing daughter – a sensitive and distracted eight-year-old with a tendency to go missing. The clues to her disappearance lie in otherworldly qualities her mother was only beginning to guess at. Hamer, a creative writing graduate, won the Rhys Davies short story award in 2011 and has recently been awarded a Literature Wales bursary.

Journalist and theatre critic Laura Barnett’s debut novel about the choices we make, The Versions of Us, has sold in 23 countries and television rights have been optioned by Trademark Films. It is the story of a chance encounter between two 19-year-olds and follows three different versions of their future, both together and apart.

Here they talk to journalist and writer Lucy Atkins, author of the novels, The Missing One and The Other Child, and of a number of non-fiction books.