Cumbria’s landscapes in fiction
Jenn Ashworth and Andrew Michael Hurley will talk about their shared fascination with the Morecambe Bay area and how its landscapes have shaped their novels, Fell and The Loney. They will read from their work and discuss the connections between the English coastline and the ghost story.
One of The Culture Show's top 12 best new novelists, Jenn was born in 1982 in Preston. She studied English at Cambridge and since then has gained an MA from Manchester University, trained as a librarian and run a prison library in Lancashire. She now lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster. Fell is her fourth novel.
Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire. His first novel, The Loney, was originally published by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition, before being republished by John Murray and going on to win the Costa Best First Novel Award and Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards in 2016. His second novel, Devil's Day, will be published in October 2017
Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of two short story collections, Cages and The Unusual Death of Julie Christie. The author lives in Lancashire with his family and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School.