I’m delighted to announce that my friend and mentor Orna Ross, named by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in British publishing for the last two years, will be attending the first Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, to share the stage with Katie Fforde to launch the inaugural event.
Orna is an Irish novelist, poet, creative thinking teacher and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Having become a bestselling author when published by Penguin, she decided to go indie for reasons of creative control – “the best decision I ever made,” she says. ALLi now helps indie author-publishers all over the world to share best practice, friendship and moral support, to the benefit of readers everywhere.
I’ve asked Orna to start the festival with a lovely poem of hers that celebrates the moment when as a child she first learned to read.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite for her wonderful way with words, here are my reviews of two of Orna Ross’s novels: Blue Mercy and After the Rising. She also publishes poetry and books about creative thinking, and is shortly launching a novel based about W B Yeats.
Find out more about Orna Ross on her website: www.ornaross.com.