Baker, Emily and Me

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Last Friday, whilst I was at The End of the Road Festival in Dorset, my short story (Baker, Emily and Me) which won the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition was broadcast. My lovely husband bought me a tiny portable radio just for the occasion, and at a quarter past three we went back to our tent to listen. That was of course a half hour early, so I heard quite a lot of what to do with your climbing hydrangeas on Gardeners’ Question Time before my story came on.

So, here’s a picture of me listening, with the handy camping toilet roll beside me.

If you fancy listening to a 15 minute story it’s available here until Friday. Make sure to let me know what you think. (Although the audio recording was only available for a week, you can read Baker, Emily and Me, on the BBC website.)

Or you can both listen and watch the best band at the festival – St. Paul and The Broken Bones, here.

Just don’t ask me about hydrangeas; I was too excited.

Up-Coming Events

Lizzy Watts


A brief update of the writerly things I have coming up. It would be lovely to meet any of you who can come to any of the ‘live’ events.

29th August 2014: short story on BBC Radio 4

My short story – Baker, Emily and Me – was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It is no longer available on BBC iPlayer, but you can read the story on the BBC website, here. The picture above is Lizzy Watts who read my story beautifully.


11th October 2014: Cheltenham Literature Festival, UK

Come and join me and two other debut novelists (Emma Hooper – Etta and Otto and Russell and James, and Julia Rochester – The House At the Edge of the World) at the Penguin Proof Party. Not only do you get to ask us any question you like but you also get afternoon tea and cake, as well as a goody-bag including proofs of all three books. Tickets are £15 each. Click here to find out more information and buy tickets.


10th March 2015: Hampshire Writers Society, Winchester, UK

I’ll be giving a very short introduction and reading from Our Endless Numbered Days at the Hampshire Writers Society, before the main event of the evening – a talk by Lorella Belli, literary agent. The venue is The Stripe Theatre, University of Winchester, Hampshire and the evening starts at 7.30pm. It’s £5 on the door or you can join the Hampshire Writers Society for £25/ £30 and go to more of their events. More information here.