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2019-06-21 19:30
Waterloo Tea, Penarth

Katie Munnik, a Cardiff writer from Canada, and Judith Heneghan, a British writer who has often lived overseas, have both recently released novels set in places that were to their original homes.

Munnik's The Heart Beats in Secret takes place partly in Scotland and Quebec; Heneghan's Snegurochka draws from her time living in the Ukraine. How did the strangeness of these places help their stories? How did they capture these countries without making them over-exotic? How did they avoid sounding like tourists? How is writing about foreign worlds different from writing about your own? The discussion will be compered by Carole Burns, an American writer living in Cardiff, who has dealt with similar questions in her own writing.


Judith Heneghan is a writer, editor and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester where she runs the two associated MA programmes. She has published 60 books for children of all ages, both fiction and educational nonfiction, and edited a collection of first hand accounts by refugees and asylum seekers called THIS IS MY HOME NOW. Her first novel for adults, SNEGUROCHKA, is set in Kiev and was published by Salt in April 2019. She is currently working on a new novel set in Upstate New York. She has four grown up children and lives in Winchester.

Katie Munnik is a Canadian writer living in Cardiff. Her collection of short fiction, ThePieces We Keep was published by Wild Goose Publications and her prose, poetry, andcreative non-fiction have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including TheCardiff Review, The Dangerous Women Project, Echoes of the City, and Geez Magazine. Sheis a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada. Katie Munnik won theBorough Press Open Submission in 2016 and The Heart Beats in Secret is her first novel.

Carole Burns’s collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, was awarded the John C. Zacharis Award by the U.S. literary magazine Ploughshares. A book reviewer for The Washington Post, she is also author of Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between, published by W.W. Norton, and based on interviews with 43 writers including A.S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, Andrea Levy and Jhumpa Lahiri. She is an associate professor and head of creative writing at the University of Southampton and lives in Cardiff. www.caroleburns.com


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