Isabel Ashdown ‘Great escapes – Journeys into fiction’ a talk at the Charroux litfest 2015

flight-by-isabel-ashdown-coverWhen Wren’s numbers come up in the first ever national lottery draw, she doesn’t tell her husband, Rob.  Instead she quietly packs her bags, kisses her six-month-old daughter Phoebe goodbye, and leaves.  Two decades later, Rob has moved on and found happiness with their oldest friend, Laura.  Phoebe, now a young woman, has never known any other life.  But when Rob receives a mysterious letter, the past comes back to haunt them all.

Moving between the majestic coastline of North Cornwall and the leafy suburbs of London, Flight is a story of secrets and lies – and of the indelible traces that are left behind when someone tries to disappear.

Book for the talk by Isabel Ashdown on Friday 28 August at 11.30

‘A compulsive read … Flight has great clarity and meaning’ –newbooks magazine, 5 star review

Barry Walsh- A Londoner and a story of first love, at the Charroux litfest 2015

Barry WalshCome and meet Barry on Thursday 27th August at Charroux, when he will be talking about how he came late to writing. His first novel, The Pimlico Kid – a story of first love – was published in July 2013 by HarperCollins, for whom he is currently writing a second novel, Love Me Do. He told us he has now given up all ‘suited’ work to write full time – well, a lot of the time.

Barry was born and grew up in central London and went to school in the East End. After dropping out of university, he worked at the Mermaid Theatre where a very tolerant Lord Miles allowed him to work in publicity. Later, he left to live in Greece where he’d planned, among other things, to write a novel. He didn’t. He subsequently spent a career in corporate communications.

When not writing, Barry enjoys the theatre, reading, watching Arsenal, being in France, listening to classical music and Neil Young, as well as occasionally gazing at Audrey Hepburn’s face.

Barry est  scolarisé à Londres, où il était né. Après l’université il a travaillé au ‘Mermaid Theatre.’

Jusqu’au son depart pour la Grèce d’où il a pensé d’écrire un roman, lequl était inachevé.

ll  est donc venu tard à l’écriture. Son premier roman,The Pimlico Kid – une histoire des premières amours – était édité en juillet 2013 par HarperCollins, pour qui il écrit actuellement un deuxième roman, Love me Do.

Poet Katherine Gallagher to read from her new collection at the festival

Delighted to announce that Katherine will be reading from her new  collection (to be published in 2015) at the festival. An Australian poet, resident in London, her previous collection  was Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems, published by  Arc Publications Ltd

To find out more about Katherine visit

Charroux Office de Tourisme partner for the festival

The Charroux Office de Tourisme has  been just amazing in their level of support for the festival. Thanks to them we have a venue, which we hope to be able to announce soon. In the meantime you can plan your visit to this area by taking a look at www.charroux.frlogo officejpg

Author Susie Kelly to be the Patron of the 2015 Charroux Literary Festival

Author Susie Kelly has agreed to be the Patron of the Charroux Literary Festival which will take place for the first time in the beautiful medieval town of Charroux in the Vienne region of South West France on the 27,28,29 August 2015. Speaking from her home in the Vienne Susie said ‘I am delighted to be the Patron of the Charroux Literary Festival. Living in the area, and writing about it has provided me with a close connection to the place, the people and the culture. Whether your interest lie in fiction, poetry, history or even song writing, we hope you will find something of interest at this delightful festival in a stunning corner of France.’

Paul Sally, President of the Charroux Tourist Office comments:  ‘We are very pleased that Susie Kelly has agreed to be the Patron of the first bi-lingual Literary Festival in Charroux, it builds on our joint heritage of art, music and literature.’

The festival will bring together French and English speaking authors and writers. A full programme of events and speakers will be published in the spring of 2015.