Amanda Smyth
Amanda Smyth

Lichfield residents are being given the chance to meet two authors at a readers evening event in Shenstone.

Shenstone Library will also be unveiling the winner of the county prize for the Winter Reads contest on March 25.

From 7.15pm, Raphael Selbourne, who scooped the 2009 Costa First Novel Award, will be at the library to talk about his new novel Beauty, the story of a 20-year-old Bangladeshi girl, who back in England, disgraced her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage.

Amanda Smyth, one of Waterstones New Voices in 2009, will also attend to talk about her debut novel Black Rock which follows the fortunes of a young girl, Celia, as she struggles to survive in a predatory, patriarchal world.

County Councillor Erica Bayliss said:

“This promises to be an excellent evening with both authors talking about and reading from their work, an excellent opportunity for any readers with burning questions.”

Copies of the books will also be available for loan and purchase. Tickets for this event cost £5 and refreshments shall be served. For more information, people should contact Shenstone Library on 01543 480915 or email


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