Bookmarked Literary Salon Launches… It’s ‘Debut Night’

I have been desperate to tell you all about this for weeks and weeks, but until everything was signed, sealed and sorted I didn’t want to jinx it. So excuse the slight self promotion as I bring you the exciting news of Bookmarked Literary Salon’s opening night, the appropriately themed ‘Debut Night’. I am actually so excited about the authors we have coming I could ramble on for hours, instead here is the official wording about it all (let me know what you think)…

Two stand-out debut British novelists launch “Bookmarked” – a new literary salon co-hosted by Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe at Waterstone’s Deansgate.

Monday 8th August, 6.30pm at Waterstone’s Deansgate in the heart of Manchester – “Bookmarked” aims to bring something new and fresh to the Manchester cultural scene. Two of the most talked-about and bestselling first-time novelists of 2011, Sarah Winman, author of “When God Was A Rabbit” and SJ Watson, author of “Before I Go To Sleep will be in conversation for the first time together – discussing their writing; plotting and characterisation – and how they travelled the rocky road to publication. 

About the Authors

S J Watson was born and grew up in Stourbridge, in the West Midlands.  After graduating with a degree in Physics from Birmingham University, Watson moved to London and began working with the hearing impaired in various London hospitals, eventually specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impaired children, whilst spending evenings and weekends writing fiction. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ is the result. Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. It was also chosen for a ‘Book at Beachtime’ on Radio 4 Extra.

“It’s exceptionally accomplished…The structure is so dazzling it almost distracts you from the quality of the writing.” Guardian

“SJ Watson’s debut doesn’t put a foot wrong… brilliantly simple… Unforgettable.” Financial Times Weekend

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ went straight into the Sunday Times Bestseller List and has been chosen by endless book groups over the year including Richard and Judy, Waterstones and Grazia. It was selected for Simon Mayo’s Book Club on BBC Radio 2 and it was also chosen as one of the ‘Waterstones 11’ which highlighted the debut novels to get excited about in 2011. Sarah lives in London and loves to escape to the family home in Cornwall as much as possible. ‘When God Was a Rabbit’ is her first novel and she is currently working on her next.

‘Gloriously offbeat… Winman’s narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child’s unsentimental clarity. A superb debut’ The Times

‘It’s rare to find a novel you’re recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book… A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it’ Stylist 

Dates For Your Diaries

  • Bookmarked ‘Debut Night’ will be Monday 8thof August 2011 at Waterstones Deansgate with warm up drinks at 6.30pm.
  • Bookmarked ‘Crime Night’ will be the first week of September 2011 same venue, same time, with two of the biggest British female crime writers. More details to be announced soon.

Further Information

For further information on Bookmarked, the authors it is featuring, the hosts Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe (who are available for interview and features) email you can also visit the website here.


Filed under Book Thoughts, Bookmarked Literary Salon, Sarah Winman, SJ Watson

11 responses to “Bookmarked Literary Salon Launches… It’s ‘Debut Night’

  1. gaskella

    HOW EXCITING!!! What brilliant authors you’ve snagged for your debut night, (serendipitously, I just posted my thoughts on S J Watson’s book today – loved it). Congratulations on setting it up – love the name, logo and everything about it, (except it being in Manchester which means I can’t come!), but I’m sure it will be brilliant. Well done you!

  2. Angela

    Congratulations on bringng it all together. I’m really looking forward to being there. May it be the first of many .

  3. Eva

    Congrats Simon! I hope the debut goes smoothly. 🙂

  4. Louise

    This is fabulous!! Amazing authors too, I hope the evening goes brilliantly for you!..shame I lives miles away *sniff* It’s a shame you couldn’t do some kind of recording and turn it into a bit of a vlog type thing… maybe that’s not the right way of wording it, but you know what I mean 😉

    Congrats again!

  5. OOO! Yes! Exactly what I’ve been waiting for! Do we just show up?

  6. Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful event and it is great that those in the north get to experience the type of thing normally only found in London. I may actually be around on the 8th so I’ll add it to my diary and see if I can make it. Good luck!

  7. Great idea – I love salons. Manchester is far for me unfortunately, but good luck with it! And those debut books sound really interesting – will have to check them out.

  8. Ooh I wish I lived in Manchester!!! Sounds great Simon…well done you for organizing such a great launch the series. All the best.

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  10. Thanks for all the comments and the goodluck’s it went like a treat as you can see on the follow up post – apologies for saying thanks so late.

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