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International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY
The “Love Writing Manchester” series launch event with special guest author Debbie Johnson

The “Love Writing Manchester” series launch event in celebration of the Romantic Novelists Association’s 60th Anniversary, with special guest author Debbie Johnson.

A celebration for Manchester Metropolitan University staff, students, RNA members, publishing professionals, authors and the general public.

If you love reading or writing romantic fiction, come along to meet authors, Manchester Met academics and industry professionals in a day of talks and reading celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Romantic Novelists Association.

As well as our special guest Debbie Johnson confirmed speakers include: 

  • Liam Livings
  • Rhoda Baxter/Jeevani Charika 
  • Alison May
  • Keshini Naidoo from Hera Books
  • And organisers Dr Kirsty Bunting (author Kiley Dunbar) and Dr Catherine Wilcox (author Catherine Fox)

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Featuring a Q&A session with Special Guest Author Debbie Johnson, author of the internationally bestselling Comfort Food Café series.

Ticket includes morning refreshments, cupcake and bubbly/OJ. Lunch available locally at a charge.


Date/Time: Saturday 15th February 2020, 10am-5pm 

Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Tickets: £10 

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Schedule (subject to change):

10.00 -10.30am: Arrivals. Morning coffee/refreshments. Browse the Blackwell’s Manchester romantic fiction bookstall. Collect your goodie bags.

10.30 -10.45am: Welcome by Catherine Wilcox and Kirsty Bunting.

10.45- 11.15am: Alison May, Author and Romantic Novelists’ Association Chair:  'Romantic Novelists’ United - then, now and into the future'.

11.15-11.45am: Jeevani Charika/Rhoda Baxter, Author: 'How to write romantic comedy'

11.45-12.00pm: Comfort break, 15 minutes.

12.00-12.30pm: Liam Livings, Author and RNA Diversity and Inclusion Officer: Title TBC

12.30pm: Lunch break. Event resumes at 1.30pm.

1.30-2.20pm: Kirsty Bunting in conversation with special guest Debbie Johnson with audience Q&A.

2.20-2.50pm: Catherine Wilcox: Troubleshooting the challenges facing fiction writers.

2.50-3.00pm: Comfort break, ten minutes.

3.00-3.50pm: Hera Books panel (Lindsay Mooney, Keshini Naidoo, Jeevani Charika, Kiley Dunbar, chaired by Alison May)

3.50pm: The Manchester Writing School’s One Thousand Word Meet Cute Competition prize winner announced.

4.00pm: Closing remarks from Kirsty Bunting, Alison May and Catherine Wilcox.

4.00-5.00pm Bubbly, soft drinks and cupcakes.

5.00pm: Venue closes


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