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Anna is available for workshops, readings and other author events. Here are details of forthcoming events. Please contact Anna if you would like to book her for an event.

Launch event for This New North Anthology
Leeds Lit Fest/Northern Short Story Festival event

Date: March 3, 2021

Time: 20.00

Location: Leeds Lit Fest

Join us for the book launch of This New North, a new anthology showcasing the range of writing talent in the North of England. 12 of the writers featured in this anthology are graduates of the Northern Short Story Festival Academy programme which has helped to develop the voices of brand-new short story writers based in the region, alongside stories by Litro fiction editor Barney Walsh, author Anna Chilvers and author and critic Richard Smyth. This New North is edited by SJ Bradley and Anna Chilvers and published by Valley Press.

You can pre-order copies direct from publisher Valley Press.

This Anthology is supported by arts@Leeds, part of Leeds City Council and The Walter Swan Trust.

LLF21 events are free to watch via Zoom.
Enjoying what we do? We ask if you would consider making a donation to help support the literature festival so we’re able to continue for years to come. Thank you.

Writing the Landscape
with Helen Mort, Anna Chilvers, Jason Allen-Paisant and Professor John Whale

Date: March 6, 2021

Time: 13.00

Location: Leeds Lit Fest

In Writing the Landscape, our panel featuring Helen Mort, Anna Chilvers, Jason Allen-Paisant and Professor John Whale will discuss their prose and poetry writing and how landscape has affected and influenced their writing and lives.

LLF21 events are free to watch via Zoom.
Enjoying what we do? We ask if you would consider making a donation to help support the literature festival so we’re able to continue for years to come. Thank you.

Panel Members

Helen Mort is an award-winning author based in Sheffield. She has published two poetry collections (Division Street, 2013 and No Map Could Show Them, 2016), a debut novel (Black Car Burning, 2019), a short story collection (Exire, 2019) and she also writes drama and creative non fiction. Never Leave the Dog Behind, Our love of dogs and mountains is her latest book (2021). She has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Prize and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2015. She regularly appears on BBC radio and sometimes on TV.

Anna Chilvers is a writer, a runner, a long distance walker, a mother, a teacher and a reader. She has three novels published by Bluemoose; East Coast Road (2020), Tainted Love (2016) and Falling Through Clouds (2010). She has written a collection of short stories, Legging It (Pennine Prospects, 2012) and has also written poetry and scripts. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.

Jason Allen-Paisant is a Jamaican poet whose work addresses issues of race, class, and the environmental conditions underpinning Black identity. His poetry has been featured in Granta, The Poetry Review, PN Review, Callaloo, New Poetries VIII, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, Stand, and other venues. His first full-length volume of poems, Thinking with Trees, will be published by Carcanet Press in summer 2021.

John Whale is a poet and an academic. He has published two collections of poems with Carcanet/Northern House, Waterloo Teeth (2010) and Frieze (2013).  The former was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for best first collection.  Since 2001 he has been a co-editor of Stand magazine.


Independent Women
Bluemoose authors for International Women's Day

Date: March 8, 2021

Time: 19.30

Location: Zoom

In 2020, indie publisher Bluemoose Books decided to publish novels only from female authors. Those writers were Anna Vaught, Heidi James, Sharon Duggal and Anna Chilvers. This panel event brings Heidi, Sharon and Anna together to talk about writing, their lives and what the future holds, and will be chaired by Bluemoose Editor, Annie Warren.

This is a free event with an option to donate. All proceeds raised will be split equally between our four panellists. We really appreciate any amount that you can spare. Please register on the Eventbrite link and you will be sent a Zoom link for the event on Sunday 7th March at 5.30pm.

This is a partnership event between Leeds Big Bookend and Bluemoose Books. Copies of Bluemoose books can be obtained from: https://bluemoosebooks.com/ and other titles from the independent presses themselves or an independent bookshop near you.


The Art of Writing

Start date: July 12, 2021

End date: July 16, 2021

Time: Monday evening - Friday afternoon

Location: Northern College @ Wentworth Castle



Writing Retreat with Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper

For the seventh year running, Anna Chilvers and Ali Harper are delighted to host a tutored writing retreat, at Northern College based at the magnificent Grade 1 listed House of Wentworth Castle.

Anna and Ali are both published writers and inspirational creative writing tutors. They have worked together on many retreats and are passionate about enabling writers to express themselves creatively through the written word.

The course includes workshops, one to one tutorials, small group work, feedback and writing time.  Writers are encouraged to share work both in class and at the Thursday night celebration. 

New for 2020… is a Writing Marathon on the Friday morning before the course ends with a farewell lunch. 

Check in is available from 12noon on Monday. The course starts with dinner on Monday evening and includes full board and College accommodation in single en-suite bedrooms. 

You are welcome to stay for the afternoon on Friday – there is a beautiful library with stunning views in which to work.

The cost for the course is £460 and includes full board from Monday dinner to Friday lunch. 

Please email annaruthchilvers@gmail.com for more information and bookings.