Writing Around the Kids – Panel Event: Writing/Life Balance

This free panel discussion is brought to you by Writing Around the Kids, an Arts Council England funded project, running creative writing work shops for mothers of young children. Writers Anna Jefferson and Sam Johnson will host the panel as they discuss writing and life balance.

The event will take place on Thursday 9 December, 8-9pm. Tickets are free, but you must register your place here.

The Panel

Louise Tondeur

Louise Tondeur studied Drama at the University of East Anglia, taught Drama, then returned to UEA to do their MA in Creative Writing, publishing two novels with Headline Review, The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls. Then she did a PhD, went travelling, and started a family while working full-time as a university lecturer. She left her job in 2017 to find more time to write. Poetry credits include Perverse, Rialto, Under the Radar and Shearsman, and her short story collection, Unusual Places, came out in 2018. Louise now teaches Creative Writing for the Open University for a few hours a week. She lives in Hove with her wife, their son, and two black cats, is working on her third novel, and blogs at: www.louisetondeur.co.uk



Rebecca Lay

Rebecca has been a journalist for twenty years after starting her career at The Times Magazine and then moving to staff roles at other newspapers. Since going freelance in 2009 she’s written for a wide variety of outlets, including a column in The Guardian’s now-defunct Family section about her father’s vascular dementia, obituaries for The Times and regular scripts for the animation company Scriberia. She also recently ghosted Hope Not Fear, a memoir by the Syrian activist and filmmaker Hassan Akkad which was just published by Pan Macmillan.

For When I’m Gone is her first novel and it was published by Orion in September 2020. She’s got three kids and lives in Hackney, east London with them and her partner, also a journalist.


Holly Race

Holly is the author of two Young Adult fantasy books: Midnights Twins and A Gathering Midnight, with a third due to be published in 2022. She is also a script editor and development executive for film and TV, and has worked for companies such as Working Title, Pathe, the BFI and Aardman Animations, as well as on shows such as Death in Paradise. She now divides her time between writing, freelance script editing, and teaching a popular ‘Screenwriting for Novelists’ online course. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, a photographer, and their daughter, who was only two weeks old when Holly received her book deal!


9 December 2021 - 9 December 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free - but register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writinglife-balance-a-writing-around-the-kids-panel-discussion-tickets-205071543507

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