Join author CJ Cooke via Zoom to discuss her recent novels, “The Nesting” and psychological drama “The Blame Game”. The event is part of Read Regional 2021, which brings northern authors to libraries across the region.

Originally from Belfast CJ Cooke started writing at the age of 7 when she was inspired by the stories she borrowed from here local library. First published in 2009, her debut novel ‘The Guardian Angels Journal’ was sold at a four-way auction at the Frankfurt Book Fair and bought by Piakus as their superlead title. The book was published in 23 languages and was an international bestseller. 

Since then, CJ has published two poetry collections, a creative anthology (titled Writing Motherhood) and four further novels with her first psycological drama ‘I Know My Name’ currently in development as a TV adaptation. 

CJ is also an accomplished poet (published under Carolyn Jess-Cooke), with prizes for writing including a Northern Writers Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Tyrone Guthrie prize, and she has twice received a K Blundell award from the Society of Authors. She holds a PhD in literature and film and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where she researches the impact of motherhood on women’s writing and inclusive approaches to literature. 

In March 2020 CJ Cooke set up the Stay-At-Home! Literary Festival, in partnership with the creative writing incubator, Paper Nations, in response to Covid-19 and as a venture to provide people with accessible, eco-friendly engagement with literature. 

The event will take place on Thursday 13th May at 7pm and is free to attend. To register your place visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Meet the Author CJ Cooke. Once registered information as to how to join the Zoom call will be sent out beforehand.