Short story writer and novelist is guest at literary society

Judith Allnatt.
Judith Allnatt.

Author Judith Allnatt is the guest speaker at the The Swan and Pen Literary Society’s meeting on Monday, October 12, at the Sunley Lecture Theatre, Chandos Road Building, University of Buckingham, at 7pm, with a talk entitled The Silk Factory.

Judith is an acclaimed short story writer and novelist, whose first novel, A Mile of River, was a Radio 5 Live Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Literature.

Her second, The Poet’s Wife, was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award. Her short stories have featured in the Bridport Prize Anthology, the Commonwealth Short Story Awards, and on BBC Radio 4.

Her third novel, The Moon Field, described by The Times as deeply moving, is set in the First World War. The Silk Factory, published in May this year, is a bewitching and eerie story of love and memory.

Rosie Milford inherits a house in an old silk factory after her mother’s death and moves there with her young children. As she is reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the discovery of a shocking truth about her own childhood fills her with distrust and fearfulness. Then she starts seeing a strange child wandering in the garden who seems as lost as she is.

Judith has lectured widely on creative writing for universities and as a freelance for almost two decades.

She lives with her family in Northamptonshire and is working on her fourth novel. All welcome to the talk.

Make a date for the next event on November 9 at 7pm at the Sunley Lecture Theatre for a talk on William Cowper, given by the trustees of the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.