Gwendoline Riley

22nd Oct 2008 - 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Gwendoline Riley 

Wednesday 22nd October 7.30pm

Tickets £3.50 all

One of Britain’s most talented young writers, Gwendoline Riley was born in London in 1979, and grew up on the Wirral. She studied English at Manchester Metropolitan University, and became literary editor of the magazine City Life. 

Her first two novels were Cold Water (2002); and Sick Notes (2004).  Both are beautifully assured, nonchalant and precise, written with seemingly effortless lyricism. Cold Water won a 2002 Betty Trask Award, and was named one of five outstanding debut novels of 2002 by The GuardianWeekend Magazine.  

Her latest novel, Joshua Spassky, won a 2008 Somerset Maugham Award.  It tells the story of Natalie, a British writer who travels to Asheville, North Carolina, the town where Zelda Fitzgerald died, to meet up with the title character, an American playwright. 

The evening is hosted by the Creative Writing programme at Edge Hill.  If you would like to know more about our courses, please contact the Enquiries Unit on 0800 195 5063 or email

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