Writing group & book shimmy award

From 23rd March I am going to be running a monthly Writers HQ writing retreat group in Coventry at Holy Trinity Church near the cathedral. You can find out more here and buy tickets (which are very limited).

The group doesn’t involve any teaching, just all of us writing together for a day, with food and drinks and snacks. I’m really excited about this because I’ve been building up my local writing connections this year by doing work with Writing West Midlands and Coventry University too. I’m hoping to do even more in 2019!

Also, a few things:

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If you pre-order The Quiet at the End of the World (thank you!) you can enter to win a set of swag including a lil robot pin, the bookmark I posted yesterday and some art prints. You have until March.

You can preorder a signed copy on my Etsy (comes with a free themed bookmark and postcard of my books) or get one from any of the following:

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones | Foyles | Wordery | eBook providers

In the category of OTHER WAYS YOU CAN GET AN ENAMEL PIN: this designer is launching ones for my books which you can buy here. I’m not involved in these, except that I LOVE them.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe has won the Under the Radar category in the Epic Reads book shimmy awards! Thank you to everyone who voted!

It’s having a run of good luck with the STEAM awards nomination too, hurray!

This month’s baking newsletter features The Best Cookies in the World.

And lastly, I bought a house!!

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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