Date for your Diaries: AJ Kirby at the Leeds Big Bookend Festival

Posted: April 14, 2015 in Events, Writing Talk


I will be appearing at the Leeds Big Bookend festival in June this year at an event which I am joint-hosting with fellow author Richard Smyth. You can book tickets and find out further information about the event by going here.

The Gen

In 2013 Richard Smyth and AJ Kirby and  were selected among the 20 best writers under 40 in Leeds in our LS13 competition. Two years later, the burgeoning early careers of these two West Yorkshire-based writers have continued apace. This event brings them together to discuss the development of their writing, in particular their two recently published novels, Perfect World and Wild Ink. It asks what next for these two authorial Tyke-tyros? More broadly, the conversation considers what the current topography of the Leeds writing scene might be, and wonders whether the city might be putting itself back on the literary map.

Richard Smyth’s first novel, Wild Ink, was published by Dead Ink Books in 2014 and his prize-winning short fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Riptide, The Fiction Desk, The Stockholm Review, Litro, Firewords and Vintage Script. His history books include English History: Strange But True (The History Press, 2014).

AJ Kirby’s Perfect World was released in paperback by TWB Press in October 2014. His short fiction has been published across the web, and in magazines, anthologies and literary journals, as well as in three collections: Trickier & Treatier, The Art of Ventriloquism and Mix Tape. He is also the author of the novels When Elephants Walk Through The Gorbals, Paint This Town Red, Bully, and Sharkways.


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