Sat 17 March 2018 at 2.00 pm

Sarah Franklin at the Oxford Literary Festival

Two Oxford-based debut novelists Paula Byrne and Sarah Franklin discuss their entry into the world of fiction.

Look to Your Wife and Shelter

Oxford Literary Festival

Paula Byrne and Sarah Franklin

2:00pm, Saturday 17 March 2018

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

Sarah Franklin is a lecturer in publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Her first novel, Shelter, is a story about an English woman and an Italian prisoner of war who meet while working in woodlands during World War II. Franklin is the founder and host of Short Stories Aloud and a judge for the Costa Short Story Award.

Paula Byrne is a well-established and bestselling non-fiction writer including of Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson, and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead.  Her first novel is Look to your Wife, a story about the pains, pleasures and obsessions of contemporary life, including the world of social media and school gossip. Byrne is based in Oxford with her husband the Shakespeare scholar and provost of Worcester College, Professor Sir Jonathan Bate.