The Breakthrough Festival aims to break through barriers to access, inclusion and representation in writing. It’s a completely free and inclusive day of workshops, talks and one-to-ones from authors, publishers and initiatives. This year will feature authors Lisa Blower, Kerry Hudson, Simon Savidge as well as the Society of Authors, Kickstarter and Unbounders.
Lisa Blower is author of It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s, a collection of short stories published by Myriad in April 2019. This fabulous collection of her award-winning short stories is dominated by the working-class matriarch. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of ‘Broken Crockery’, who has lived and worked in Stoke-on-Trent for all of her 92 years, to happy hooker Ruthie in ‘The Land of Make Believe’, to sleep-deprived Laura in ‘The Trees in the Wood’, to young mum Roxanne in ‘The Cherry Tree’, she appears in many shapes and forms, and always with a stoicism that is hard to break down.
Lisa is also creative writing lecturer at Bangor University, where she studied for her PhD. Her academic interests are the short story, creative nonfiction and working-class fictions. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press anthologies, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. She is a contributor to Common People edited by Kit de Waal.
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