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.

We’ve got a great line up planned for this Autumn and Winter, and we hope you can join us.

All our events are FREE.  Donations in support of the Friends of Marsden Library are welcome.

Autum-Winter 2017

Monday 20 November 2017 7.00 – 8.00 Martyn Bedford
 Martyn is an award-winning author of novels and short-stories for adults and young adults. Between them, his five novels for adults have been tranlsated into 13 languages.  ‘Twenty Questions for Gloria’, his most recent novel for teenagers and young adults was nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, was selected for The Guardian‘s Best New Children’s Books Guide for 2016, won the 13+ category in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards and was a top-three YA download on lovereading4kids.

We are very excited to have Martyn launch our Autumn-Winter Northern Writers series, when he will read some extracts from ‘Letters Home‘, his hot-off-the press solo short-story collection, due to be published on 16th November by Comma Press.

‘Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakable flair and accomplishment.’ – New York Times

‘Haunting and intimate portraits of vividly different lives that get under your skin and stay there.’ – Jeremy Dyson

‘Letters Home further establishes Martyn Bedford as a stand-out writer of highly memorable fiction.’ – Jacob Ross


 Monday 4 December 2017 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Catherine Curzon
Catherine’s work has been featured BBC History Extra and History Answers and in magazines including All About HistoryExplore HistoryHistory of Royals and Jane Austen’s Regency World.

Offering something for everyone, she will read from a variety of her work, including 18th century thrillers, some true royal scandal and a World War One Trench Romance.

 Monday 15 January 2018 7.30 – 8.30 Jo Stanley
Returning to us after a very successful event in October 2016 when she read from her Mountbatten prize nominated, ‘From Cabin Boys to Captains’.

Jo’s latest book (out November 2017)  is Women and the Royal Navy, IB Tauris/ NMRN). It’s unusual because for the first time this history covers all categories of women who’ve been in naval life, including female doctors, dentists, wartime VADs and above all the modern women sailors who are now moving towards becoming admirals.

Jo lives in Mount Road, Marsden and is an active volunteer with the Jazz Festival and the plant group at the National Trust.  On the rare occasions when she’s not writing she’s creating stitched historical works, especially as a member of the Fabric of Protest group at Manchester People’s History Museum. Her website is at

Are you an author?  If you would like to share your work with us, get in touch.