Seen by many as the highlight of the Swanwick week, our after-dinner speakers are always eagerly anticipated. There is a different speaker each evening, followed by book sales and signings where appropriate.
Speakers for 2022
Erin’s first book, The Poison Tree, was adapted for television, became a Richard & Judy bestseller and was longlisted for the CWA John Creasy Award. Since then, she has published seven more psychological thrillers and, in 2014, was chosen to write the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch.
We Know/You Know and He Said/She Said were also Richard and Judy picks, making her one of a select few authors to do a hat-trick. He Said/She Said spent twelve weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller lists and was nominated for a clutch of awards.
Her new thriller, Watch Her Fall, is a deadly cat-and-mouse game between two elite ballet dancers, set in a London theatre during a production of Swan Lake. It was written in lockdown. Described as Black Swan meets Killing Eve, Erin says it contains the most ambitious twist she’s ever written.
See www.erinkelly.co.uk for more details
Roy was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the surrounding Black Country. He has held the role of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute Poet in Residence.
His debut collection was Beginning With Your Last Breath (Nine Arches Press 2016) followed by The Healing Next Time (2018), nominated for Ted Hughes award, Jhalak prize, Poetry Book Society recommendation and one of the Guardians best poetry titles of 2018. He’s also a graduate of the MA in Writing Poetry with Newcastle University and a Jerwood Bursary recipient.
See www.roymcfarlane.com for more details.
Comic, stand-up poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob has clocked up over three thousand performances and shared stages with Harold Pinter, Sue Townsend, Jo Brand, Russell Howard, Alan Carr, Sarah Millican and Frankie Boyle. He’s written numerous comedy songs, sketches and shows for commission and regularly appears on BBC Radio. He’s won over twenty awards for his solo shows, including Best Solo Comedy at the Orlando and Buxton Fringe Festivals, Best Original Script at Orlando Fringe, and Best of Fest at the Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. His comedy workshops also won the Make Me Happy award at Leicester Comedy Festival.
See www.robgee.co.uk for more details
Previous years' speakers have included:
"I got something from every talk and lecture I went to."