Lisa Blower at Hay Festival


Working class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.

Lisa Blower, creative writing lecturer at the Bangor University and author of the recently published It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s will be joined by Loretta Ramkissoon and Kit De Waal to showcase a new anthology of working class writers, Common People (Unbound, 2019).

Lisa Blower won The Guardian National Short Story Award in 2009, and was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and longlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press anthologies, The New Welsh ReviewThe Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. In It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s Lisa celebrates her characters with stories they wouldn’t want told. She makes the bleak funny, and brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins.

The Hay event will be chaired by Rachael Kerr of Unbound and run from 7 pm on the Starlight Stage.

The festival features a wealth of events—also featuring will be contributors to New Daughters of Africa (Myriad, 2019) on the 1st June (see here).

Tickets for Lisa’s event are now available on the Hay Festival website. BUY NOW.