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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-21-10

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Liverpool author lands top speaking spot at literary event

LIVERPOOL writer Jude Lennon has become the first children's author to secure a top speaking slot at an annual literary event. Miss Lennon, who has published 10 children's books including several Amazon Bestsellers, delighted an audience of authors, magazine editors, TV presenters and book bloggers, when she spoke about her journey from primary teacher to storyteller at a Literary Lunch held, on Thursday, 12 October 2017, at the Belle Epoque in Knutsford.  It's the 1st time in the event's 5 year history that a children's author has been selected for one of the top speaking slots. Miss Lennon, who read from her latest book Pirate Lamby, was joined centre stage by 3 other guest speakers; Denise Chilton, author of:- 'Suddenly Single,' Phillipa Ashley, author of Amazon Bestseller:- 'Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles' and book blogger Joanne Robertson from:- 'My Chestnut Reading Tree.'

Miss Lennon said:- "I was truly honoured to be asked by event organiser Sue France to speak at this wonderful event. Since leaving my teaching profession three years ago my storytelling business and writing has really taken off. I've been on such a journey and to be welcomed with open arms by such an inspirational group of authors was truly humbling."

Several other Merseyside authors also attended the event, which brings together a network of creative's. They were Estelle Maher author of 'Grace and the Ghost,' Lesley Rawlinson, who wrote:- 'Tales from the Woodpecker Tree,' Imelda Summerton West, author of the soon to be published book:- 'Bloofus and Snatcher, the Bad Dream Catcher' and Angela Preston, author of:- 'Opening Doors.'

Businesswoman Jane Hawkes from Little Sutton, founder of Seashore No4 was also in attendance and will be collaborating with Miss Lennon in the new year to publish a new book for people with autism.  Mrs France started the Literary Lunch 5 years ago with a vision of helping writers to become self-published authors. Over the years it has grown in popularity and has helped many women kickstart their Careers as authors. Miss Lennon's Editor Sue Miller, founder of Team Author UK, has been instrumental in helping the event to grow and 30 of the invited guests at this year's lunch were authors and professionals associated with Team Author UK. As well as writing and storytelling Miss Lennon, a key member of Team Author UK, continues to teach by hosting workshops for writers. Next month she is running a writing retreat in Shropshire in collaboration with Team Author UK where she will host a number of workshops for writers and published authors.  She said:- "Several authors attending the Literary Lunch have been on my writing courses over the last 18 months or so. It's been incredible to watch their journey and see them grow in confidence with many of them now published authors in their own right."

For more information about Miss Lennon's books or storytelling business visit:- LittleLambPublishing.Co.UK. More information on Team Author UK can be found at TeamAuthorUK.Co.UK.


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