Lyn Farrell

Biography

Lyn G Farrell is an award winning writer and academic, passionate about marginalised voices finding their rightful place in mainstream fiction. She grew up in Littleborough in the North West and after 30 years living in Leeds, is preparing to move back across the Pennines. Her debut novel, The Wacky Man, tells the story of Amanda, a child struggling to cope with the effects of extreme violence at the hands of her father. It won the Luke Bitmead Prize in 2015. Currently working on her second novel, a tale of the healing power of unusual friendship, she also has short stories printed in New Writer magazine (online) and Breath and Shadow online journal.

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Genre

Literary/Contemporary Fiction.

Publications & Performance History

The Lady of Shallot Road, Breath and Shadow Journal, November 2017 The Wacky Man, published by Legend Press, May 2016 Journeys, Every Writer Magazine, December 2013

Workshop & Reading Experience

WI Bardsley, June 2018 'author talk'. Bradford Literature Festival July 2017 - panel on 'Finding a Way Home' (regretfully missed due to family illness on way to venue) Morley Women's Luncheon Club, April 2017 'author talk' Rochdale Arts Festival - 'Author Talk' September 2017 Ilkley Fringe Festival 'An Unlikely Novelist' Oct 2018 Books Unbound Festival, London, 'Fathers and Daughters' joint talk with Annabel Abbs, author. June 2016

Reference

Dr Alison Iredale (current line manager) Course Director Carnegie School of Education Leeds Beckett University and Mr Mark Pearson

Group size preference

No real preference. Small groups of up to 15 are great for in depth talks and discussions I have given talks to larger groups of 30-50 Happy to discuss any venue/event

Group age preference

Young adult Adult

Working languages

English

Area prepared to travel

Can travel anywhere, either by train or my own car. Might need accommodation depending on the distance.

Other information

I'm really keen to connect with readers and writers in communities and libraries. I am working on my second novel at present as well as several flash/short stories. I am also working with digital storytelling, both academically and personally. I would particularly welcome any chance to run creative writing/digital storytelling workshops.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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