The Mary Webb Society

Lisa Blower is an award-winning short story writer and novelist with a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing (Bangor University, 2011) where she taught on their creative writing programme for 5 years. She won The Guardian’s National Short Story competition in 2009, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and has been Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize 2015. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press, The New Welsh Review, The Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4.
Her debut novel ‘Sitting Ducks’ is out April, 2016 and she has just completed her first short story collection ‘It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s’. She regularly hosts creative writing workshops on short fiction and continues to pursue her academic research into female autobiographical practices, working class fictions, and the short story form. She will be the first ever writer in residence at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from March 2016 where she will be working on her second novel; a contemporary reimagining of Mary Webb’s ‘Gone to Earth’. She lives in Shrewsbury.For more information go to Lisa’s web site

Writer in Residence Lisa Blower will be drawing inspiration from the Mary Webb Society’s exhibiiton to create a contemporary reimagining of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth. She will be writing live in The Gallery every Tuesday and Thursday 10am -3pm.

Thursday 17 March and Thursday 5 May 6.30 -8.30pm Museum Book Club
Come along to read and discuss Gone to Earth with writer in Residenc Lisa Blower

Saturday 19 March 2pm-3pm Writer in Residence Launch
Lisa Blower in Conversation with Dr Gladys Mary Coles

Saturday 26 March 10.30 -12.30 Writing West Midlands Presents Writers’ Networking Morning
with Lisa Blower and David Calcutt

Mondays from 11 April – 23 May 12-2pm and 6-8pm Novel Writing Course with writer in residence Lisa Blower
To enrol please e-mail

Sunday 12 June 2.00-3.00 First Chapter Reveal
Writer in residence Lisa Blower reads from her new novel, hosted by Dr Gladys Mary Coles

Other Events
Saturday 21 May 1.30 -3.30 University Centre, Shrewsbury Reading Group
Join Dr Gladys Mary Coles and Dr Lisa Blower as they discuss Mary Webb’s literature, as hosted by the English Department at Shrewsbury’s new university.

Took place on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

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