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North East poet and celebrated novelist (and former NARC. contributor) Caroline Hardaker will be celebrating the launch of her new novel Mothtown at The Lit & Phil on Thursday 16th November.

Published by award-winning indie publisher Angry Robot, Mothtown is a slice of unsettling literary horror that explores questions of perception and grief, with illustrations by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. At the launch, Hardaker will be in discussion with fellow North East writer Sarah Davy, where they’ll be talking “moths, transformations, and all about storytelling” to a backdrop of eerie visuals from Chris Riddell, who’ll be streaming illustrations inspired by the discussion and questions from the audience.

Mothtown is Hardaker’s second novel – her first, Composite Creatures, was shortlisted for a Kitschie Golden Tentacle award, and chosen as a Best Book of 2021 for The Washington Post. She told me: “I’m so excited to see Mothtown unfurl its wings and make its way in the world. It’s a weird story, one that I was never certain would see the light. But it made it. And I’m so glad.”

The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are £5, or £10 for entry and a copy of the book.

Caroline Hardaker launches Mothtown at The Lit & Phil, Newcastle on Thursday 16th November. Check out the latest episode of our podcast My Writing Life with Fran Harvey, as she talks to Caroline about her creative process. Tune in via our podcast channel on Spotify.

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