Headline goes on tour for second year with debut authors

Claire Coughlan
News - Books Monday, 21 January 2019

The New Voices Roadshow will showcase six first-time writers


The Headline PR team is about to embark on its second New Voices Roadshow, to showcase six debut authors.

They are Harriet Tyce (Blood Orange); Guardian columnist Rhik Samadder; debut thriller writer Dominic Nolan; Emily Gunnis, author of The Girl in the Letter, Hachette's second bestselling ebook last year; Sarah Davis-Goff, publisher at Tramp Press; and actor, writer and composer Richard Lumsden. They will be on the road from tomorrow (22 January), travelling to Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bath, before a Rooftop Bookclub event at Hachette's Carmelite House on 30 January, hosted by Hannah Beckerman.

Last year's tour involved Karen Hamilton, Guy Gunaratne, Nick Clark Windo, Phoebe Locke and Leo Carew. Gunaratne went on to be on many prize lists for In Our Mad and Furious City, including the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize and the longlist for the Man Booker, while Karen Hamilton's The Perfect Girlfriend hit the Sunday Times bestseller list in paperback in its first week.

Georgina Moore, communications director at Headline, said: "We are embarking on the Roadshow again as last year saw so many ongoing benefits for the authors. They forged a sense of community amongst themselves which really helped with debut nerves and we saw confidence blossoming as the tour went on and the authors realised how approachable and genuinely passionate bloggers and booksellers are about books, and how much meeting authors means to them. It really helped the authors launch their social media platforms too, with the buzz around the events and the feedback on Twitter from the bloggers and booksellers. Also they learnt quickly what not to say in front of me in case it ended up on Twitter, a valuable lesson!"

Photo: Sarah Davis-Goff

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