Recommended for 13+ and young adults

Online creator at Booksandquills and Young Adult Book Prize judge Sanne Vliegenthart (Book Club Journal) presents three top 2021 YA debut novelists: Natasha Bowen author of Skin of the Sea, an epic love story infused with West African mythology; Harry Potter illustrator Jason Cockcroft and his illustrated, tense, atmospheric tale We Were Wolves; Caroline O’Donoghue with her dark, supernatural story All Our Hidden Gifts. Join the book chat with this talented trio and find out what appeals to them about writing YA, their different creative processes, and their paths to being published. Pose your own questions to our panel too.

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we Were Wolves Book Club Journal
All Our Hidden Gifts Skin Of The Sea


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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