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Waterstones x Yolklore Magazine present: Don't Kill my Scribe

  • Pot Kettle Black 14 Barton Street Manchester, England, M3 4NN United Kingdom (map)

A panel event keeping International Women's Day and World Book Day alive beyond the month of March. 

The panel will bring together a group of inspiring female authors and guests to discuss: ‘how writers and non-writers alike can utilise fiction to air their wildest dreams and unspoken realities'. 

Can we encourage more women to use writing and reading in their every day to help with everything from overthinking to the suppression of feelings and creative idea generation?

This event is open to writers and non-writers alike, females and males, in fact anyone wanting to learn more about the cathartic nature of writing, journaling and reading for creativity, joy and positive mental health. 

All tickets include a drink (wine, beer or soft)

Buy tickets, £12 here


We will be joined by a panel of published female authors and Chair, Tori Attwood currently writing her first novel.

● Emma Jane Unsworth is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Her first novel won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2012. Her second novel, ANIMALS, a fierce exploration of female friendship, was published in 2014. Unsworth adapted ANIMALS into a screenplay and the film, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019. It will be released in the UK in summer 2019. Unsworth is also writing a drama series about a refuge for women who are homeless, and an original feature film, both set in Manchester. 

●  Sarah Tierney - Sarah's debut novel Making Space (Sandstone Press) is set in Manchester and tells the story of a girl who gets a job helping a hoarder clear out his paper-packed home. Sarah is a graduate of Manchester University's MA in Novel Writing and she works as a copywriter at Manchester Confidential. She's currently writing her second novel.

●  Holly Ringland - Holly grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.

●  Shirley Mann - A journalist who has worked across newspapers, magazines,BBC radio and television, Shirley Mann has a two book deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishers and specialises in Second World War novels. The first was inspired by her parents who were a WAAF in Bomber Command and an Eighth Army soldier and will be published in Jan 2020, The second is about an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot and will be published the year after.

● Sarah Parkinson is a graduate of Creative Advertising at the University of Central Lancashire, artist and children's author. Her debut novel, ‘The Shoe Foxes,’ an Amazon bestseller was inspired by seeing the world through the eyes of her young daughter, as well as her passion for creativity and empowering children with literature and art. Sarah lives in Wrexham, North Wales with her husband Chris and daughter Megan.

Chair Tori Attwood is a freelance writer and storyteller based in Manchester. She is currently working on her debut novel, which is a comedy about a girl who is failing university.



6.00pm: Arrivals and Complimentary Drink (Wine, Beer or Soft Drink)

6:30pm: Panel Begins

7:30: Panel End / Q+A

8:00pm: Event End


The event series has been programmed and curated by Waterstones and Yolk Studios. Both Yolk and Waterstones will keep you in the loop of other upcoming events we think you'll love. if you'd rather we don't please email and let us know!