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10 May 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Adele Parks and Lisa Jewell proved a hit with book fans

The UCLan Publishing students got to meet the top women’s literature authors from l-r: Lorna Hargreaves, Nicola Wright, Lisa Jewell, Adele Parks and Tanya Bamber.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has played host to two of the biggest names in literature.

Adele Parks, who has sold more than a million copies of her books, and Lisa Jewell, a top award-winner whose novels are always in the bestseller lists, were the visitors to UCLan’s Media Factory.

The event was organised by Taryn Humphries, an MA Publishing student at UCLan, as part of her module on publicity. Taryn also stepped on the stage to fire questions to Adele and Lisa about everything from being a celebrated author to marriage and how it feels to be labelled as ‘chick-lit’.

“We were over the moon when Adele and Lisa said they would come to UCLan. They don’t normally do events together so this was a real exclusive for us.”

Taryn said: “We were over the moon when Adele and Lisa said they would come to UCLan. They don’t normally do events together so this was a real exclusive for us. Everyone had a great time.

“Adele and Lisa were really candid about their experiences of writing and generous to the audience. They even stayed behind to sign everyone’s books and answer more questions from fans. I feel really privileged to have organised this and it has made me determined to pursue a career in publicity.”

The event is one in a series of free and open literary sessions, funded by the Contemporary Arts Development Group. The next event is about how to self-publish with Inga McVicar, one of the foremost literary consultants, on Tuesday 14 May at 4.00pm in Media Factory 317. Anyone interested in attending can register here - http://howtoselfpublish.eventbrite.co.uk

UCLan is also playing host to bestselling children’s author Cathy Cassidy on 20 June.

For more information about this event and about MA Publishing please contact Debbie Williams DJWilliams1@uclan.ac.uk