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Bookworms rejoice!

We're thrilled to announce Muddy will be hosting a super-duper literary salon at this year's Thame Arts & Literature festival. Put 12 Oct in your diary PRONTO!

As you know we here at Muddy are a cerebral, high-brow bunch (*hides Jackie Collins novel at the bottom of handbag*) so we are truly, madly, deeply THRILLED to announce our inaugural Muddy Stilettos Literary Salon, as part of the Thame Arts & Literature festival.  Get us!

On the evening of Thursday 12 October at 8pm, Muddy founder Hero Brown and associate editor Kerry Potter will be hosting five – yes, FIVE – top authors in front of an audience of 120 lucky Muddy readers at Thame Town Hall. We’ll be grilling our literary superstars on how to write a best-sellers, chatting about the pivotal moments of their lives and careers – and forcing them to tell us all their secrets. You’ll get to ask them questions too – it’ll be like Question Time, but more fun. Plus there will be all the pizzazz and prosecco that you’d expect from a Muddy night out.

We’re so proud of our line-up. Check these gals out and ring fence 12 Oct for you and your mates …

five female authors looking t camera and smiling

Clockwise from top left: Sasha Wilkins, aka LibertyLondonGirl; Tasmina Perry; Elizabeth Heathcote; Alexandra Heminsley and Clover Stroud


LibertyLondonGirl aka Sasha Wilkins

Former Wall Street Journal writer Sasha is a total dynamo. One of the first wave of fashion bloggers, she created a decade ago. She’s since published her cookbook Friends Food Family, writes about everything from fashion to recipes to motoring and runs a digital consultancy advising major brands. In her occasional millisecond of spare time, she’s working on her next book.

Tasmina Perry

Despite graduating with a law degree, Tasmina swerved off track into a career in women’s magazines, becoming editor of the saucy more! magazine (remember Position Of The Fortnight?) Her parents weren’t thrilled then but they are now – she’s since written 11 best-selling novels, which have been published in 17 countries, with the twelfth, The Pool House published in September. She’s still got a saucy edge, mind, with her ‘bonkbusters’ often compared to Jilly Cooper’s work.


Elizabeth Heathcote

Former women’s editor on The Independent on Sunday and current associate editor at Psychologies magazine, Elizabeth knows a thing or two about perseverance – she spent 20 years writing fiction in her spare time until last year when her psychological suspense novel Undertow, was published to acclaim in the UK and America. She is now working on her second book.

Alexandra Heminsley

One of the most successful ghost-writers in the business (she knows a lot of celebrities’ secrets), Alexandra recently co-authored Judy Murray’s Knowing The Score, a Sunday Times best-seller. She’s had a busy year, also publishing her deeply personal memoir Leap In, which is about learning to swim and the calm it brought her during one of life’s chaotic periods.

Clover Stroud

The Oxfordshire-based author and national newspaper journalist published her heart-rending memoir, The Wild Other earlier this year. Unpicking the impact of her mother’s catastrophic horse-riding accident, it’s a story of love, loss, motherhood, sex and danger. She’s something of a superwoman, juggling her writing career with caring for five – yes, FIVE – children.


Not bad eh?! Tickets cost a bargainous £10 and go on sale online here next week, Tues 1 Aug – make a note in your diary! We’re expecting it to sell out in a jiffy, so round up your fellow bookworm besties and don’t miss out on what’ll promise to be an evening of sparkling conversation – well, assuming we don’t get stuck into the Prosecco too early.

Hero x


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