Author Carys Bray, photographed near her home in Southport, Lancashire.

Author and Edge Hill alumna Carys Bray, photographed near her home in Southport, Lancashire.

Acclaimed author and Edge Hill alumna Carys Bray, will return to Lancashire later this month on a travelling bus book tour to promote her latest novel Museum of You.

Stopping at Storytellers Inc., St Annes; Lancashire Record Office, Preston; and Ebb & Flo, Chorley, Carys’ bus tour will see the author host a creative writing workshop for aspiring local authors, and read excerpts from the book.

Set in Liverpool and described by author Joanna Cannon as ‘beautiful and clever, and honest’, Museum of You is a tender, moving and unexpectedly funny novel about a father, a daughter and a missing mother.

The Museum of You cover

A mother of four, Carys was raised in Southport and started her MA with Edge Hill in 2010 at the age of 34. While studying, she went on to win the MA category of the 2010 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her story Just in Case, had stories published in various journals and magazines and her short story collection Sweet Home won the prestigious 2012 Scott Prize.

Her first novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, was chosen for Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2015.

Bus book tour schedule:

Thursday 23rd June, 2016

10.30 – 11.30am: Book event at Storytellers Inc., St Anne’s

1.30 – 2.30pm: Creative writing workshop with Silverwood Events at Lancashire Records Office, Preston

4.00 – 5.00pm: Book event at Ebb & Flo, Chorley

About The Museum of You

Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she’s not sure. She’d like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else’s story is difficult.

Dad rarely mentions her mother, but the second bedroom is still full of her belongings. This summer, while Dad drives the number 300 bus back and forth to Liverpool, Clover will unpack her mother’s things and curate an exhibition – it’s her turn to surprise him.