Author Events in Marsden Library: Northern Writers Reading

As a Library Friends Group one of our favourite things is books and reading.  At our relaxing and informal Northern Writers Reading events we invite authors to come and read from and discuss their latest books.  There’s usually a chance to buy copies of the books, and to have them signed by the author.

Are you an author?  If you would like to share your work with us, get in touch.
Friday 30th July 2021
Yorkshire Day Event
7.00 for a 7.30 start Amanda Huggins and Sarah Linley

Amanda Huggins

Amanda Huggins Amanda Huggins is the author of All Our Squandered Beauty, which won the 2021 Saboteur Award for Best Novella, and four collections of short stories and poetry.

Her most recent short story collection, Scratched Enamel Heart, was also shortlisted for a Saboteur Award this year, and her debut poetry collection, The Collective Nouns for Birds, won a Saboteur Award in 2020.
Amanda is widely published in newspapers and journals such as the Guardian, Telegraph, Mslexia, Popshot, Tokyo Weekender, Traveller and Wanderlust, and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio.
She has received numerous awards for her travel writing and short fiction, including the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award 2020, the H E Bates Short Story Prize 2021 and the BGTW New Travel Writer of the Year 2014. She was a runner-up in the Costa Short Story Award 2018 and the Fish Short Story Prize 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, The Alpine Fellowship Award and many others.
Amanda lives in West Yorkshire and works as a creative writing tutor and freelance editor. Her forthcoming novella, Crossing the Lines, will be published in early 2022.



You can follow her on Twitter: @troutiemcfish
Amanda’s Blog:
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Sarah Linley lives in West Yorkshire and works as a Communications Manager for a housing charity in Bradford.

She spent two years backpacking around South-East Asia with her husband. Their travels inspired her debut novel, The Beach. Her second novel, The Wedding Guest, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2022.

When she is not writing, she enjoys walking in the Dales with her dad and his dog.


You can follow Sarah on Twitter: @linleysarah1
Sarah’s Website:

The Beach (One More Chapter): ‘It was supposed to be the perfect trip. Four friends, fresh out of university, backpacking around Thailand. But among the sun, sea and sand, something went horribly wrong…

In the years since, Holly has tried hard to push memories of that terrible summer from her mind. Now a schoolteacher, she believes her life is finally coming together when she meets Tom and his adorable five-year-old son, Jack.

But then, Holly starts receiving anonymous messages, showing photos which Holly was sure she destroyed years ago. Someone clearly knows the truth about what really happened. The only question is, how far will they go to get revenge?’


Published on 21 January 2020 as an ebook and 14 May 2020 as a paperback by
One More Chapter, the digital division of HarperCollins.

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From teenage Goth in Huddersfield to rural sheep farmer…

Star of the C5 series, Our Yorkshire Farm, Amanda Owen grew up in Huddersfield but was inspired by the James Herriot books to find work as a shepherdess, cow milker and alpaca shearer. Today, she runs a 2,000-acre sheep farm at Ravenseat in the Yorkshire Dales, along with her husband Clive and nine children.

A Sunday Times bestselling author, Amanda has entertained readers with her trademark Yorkshire grit and humour in The Yorkshire Shepherdess and A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess. Her latest book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, is an uplifting and inspiring update on life on the farm, from facing the brutal winter of 2018 to renovating an old farmhouse as a new family home.

Voted ‘Yorkshirewoman of the Year’ by The Dalesman magazine, Amanda has also appeared on ITV’s Countrywise and The Dales, and in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.

Amanda will be interviewed by BBC Radio York presenter Jeremy Buxton.

No age restrictions (Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult).

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