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.

September 27 2020 3pm – 4pm Amanda Owen: the Yorkshire Shepherdess
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).

Huddersfield Literature Festival Event

Autumn 2020, Date TBC TBC Amanda Huggins and Sarah Linley
Amanda Huggins is the author of three collections of short stories and a poetry collection, The Collective Nouns for Birds (published on 28 February 2020 by the Colne Valley’s Maytree Press).  She has also been widely published in magazines and national newspapers, including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Mslexia, Wanderlust, Traveller and Reader’s Digest.
Amanda’s second short story collection, Separated From the Sea, received a Special Mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards, and her new collection, Scratched Enamel Heart, features ‘Red’, her prize-winning story from the 2018 Costa Short Story Award.



She has been placed and listed in competitions including Fish, Bridport, Bath, InkTears, the Alpine Fellowship Writing Award and the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award. Her travel writing has also won several awards, notably the BGTW New Travel Writer of the Year in 2014, and she has twice been a finalist in the Bradt Guides New Travel Writer Award.
Amanda grew up on the North Yorkshire coast, moved to London in the 1990s, and now lives in West Yorkshire.
You can follow her on Twitter: @troutiemcfish
Amanda’s Blog:

Sarah Linley lives in Keighley, 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.

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 Blog:

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.

Previously, on Northern Writers Reading

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