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Welcome to BeaconLit OnLine

BeaconLit 2020 may have been cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions – but that doesn’t mean we can’t provide BeaconLit book events for you to enjoy this Summer.

BeaconLit OnLine is a series of popup events brought to you on our shiny new YouTube Channel, BeaconLit Events.

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You can find details of our first popup event below, and we will be adding more in the near future.

Support BeaconLit

BeaconLit exists both to promote books and writing, and to raise much-needed funds for the Beacon Villages Community Library, which relies on fundraising and donations. The cancellation of this year's festival has hit the library’s income stream and its ability to support the communities it serves.

The events that will be appearing on YouTube are absolutely free to enjoy, but if you’d like to help us to support the library and its work by making a small donation, that would be much appreciated. You can donate through PayPal here. Thank you!


Special Guest: Bestselling author Amanda Robson in conversation with Dave Sivers - Available to view here.

Amanda Robson has been called the Queen of Obsession. After graduating, she worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy's Hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning - a subject which has set her in good stead for writing her dark and twisting bestselling psychological thrillers. She attended the Faber novel writing course, writes full-time, and My Darling, which came out on 24 August, is her fourth novel.


Special Guest: Dr Kat Arney - available to view here.

      Dr Kat Arney is an award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She is the author of How to Code a Human and the critically acclaimed Herding Hemingway's Cats: Understanding how our genes work. Her new book, Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life, was published on 6 August by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Following a degree in Natural Sciences and PhD in developmental genetics at Cambridge University, Kat has spent more than 15 years communicating science to the public, and she is the founder and creative director of communications consultancy First Create The Media. She was a key part of the science communications team at Cancer Research UK for more than a decade, co-founding the charity's award-winning Science Blog, and acting as a principal national and international media spokesperson. Kat also presents the popular 'Genetics Unzipped' podcast for The Genetics Society, and has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries including the recent series 'Ingenious', looking at the stories behind our genes.

‘Engrossing and fun’ - Stephen Curry, The Guardian 

‘A remarkable feat of information and fascination’ Robin Ince, co-presenter of The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Quest for Wonder 

'New Voices' Panel

Meet three of the most exciting recent debut novelists: Ruby Speechley, Eve Smith and Sophie Ward - see and hear from the future bestsellers now! Crime writer Dave Sivers moderates.

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