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Centre for the Novel: C.J. Cooke

Saturday 24th September
7 - 8 pm BST

Main Hall, King's Pavilion, University of Aberdeen King's Campus 

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C. J. Cooke talks about her most recent novel, The Lighthouse Witches. This is a chance to hear about her writing process, her depiction of Scottish islands, her research into the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials, and how she mingles stories of the past and present. Chaired by Centre for the Novel Director, Helena Ifill.

C. J.  Cooke (also known as Carolyn Jess-Cooke) grew up on a council estate in Belfast, Northern Island. She wrote from a young age and is now a poet and novelist who has been published in 23 languages and won numerous awards, including the Northern Writer’s Award three times. The Lighthouse Witches (2021), was nominated for an Edgar Award and ITW Thriller Award, and a TV adaptation is in development. Find her on Twitter (@cjesscooke) or She has written several novels, including The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012) and founded the Writing Motherhood project, which explored women’s experience of motherhood and resulted in Writing Motherhood: A Creative Anthology. She is also the founder and director of the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival, which is dedicated to providing people with accessible, inclusive, and eco-friendly ways to access literature.

Supported by
the University of Aberdeen Creative Writing Society 

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