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Meet the 'Emerging Authors' - Event in Newtownbreda Library on 6 March 2017

Newtownbreda Library presents ‘Emerging Authors’, an event with three Northern Ireland-based female authors on Monday 6 March at 7:00pm. 

During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet three emerging authors, Angeline King, Helen Nicholl and Lesley Allen, hear readings from their work and find out more about their writing careers to date. 

Angeline King is the author of Snugville Street, a post-conflict story set around a French exchange in Belfast’s Shankill area and A Belfast Tale, a transatlantic tale of love and hope that follows the road to peace from 1990. Angeline has published two novels and written a fiction blog filled with heart-warming nostalgic prose and stories based on her childhood in Larne. Angeline is writing her fourth novel, based in post-war historical Larne and is finalising a factual book on the history of Festival Irish dancing in Ulster. 

Helen Nicholl was born and grew up in South Africa. She came to London in 1970 and lived and worked in England and Northern Ireland before moving to Zimbabwe, where she lived for 18 years, before returning to Belfast in 2000. Helen has written books all her life. Her published work includes some South African journalism, a children’s book ‘The Animal Bus’ and ‘The Traveller’s Guide to Love’. She also writes a book-themed blog, ‘Losing the Plot’ ( Helen lives in Holywood, Co. Down. 

Lesley Allen’s debut novel, The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir, was published in 2016. Set in a fictional seaside town in Northern Ireland, the novel is a heartbreaking tale of bullying and redemption which spans from the late 1970s to 2001. The story has universal appeal, which ultimately affirms the value of being different. Lesley works as the press officer and assistant programmer for Open House Festival and was named as one of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s 2016 Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) recipients for literature. She lives in Bangor with her teenage daughter, Aimee. 

Everyone is welcome to this event. Admission is free and booking is advisable. 

Contact Newtownbreda Library (Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 7HL) on telephone: 028 9070 1620 or email:

Emerging Authors in Newtownbreda Library