Short Stories: Lucie McKnight Hardy, Vanessa Onwuemezi & Sarah Schofield.

  • DATE

    13 October 2021

  • TIME

    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome




    Blackwell's Bookshop Manchester
    University Green, 146 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9GP

Join us on October 13th to celebrate the launch of three incredible new short story collections: DEAD RELATIVES by Lucie McKnight Hardy, DARK NEIGHBOURHOOD by Vanessa Onwuemezi and SAFELY GATHERED IN by Sarah Schofield.

Lucie McKnight Hardy – DEAD RELATIVES (Dead Ink)

Iris has never left the big house in the country she shares with Mammy and the servants. When The Ladies arrive, she finds that she must appease her dead relatives. Other stories in this collection explore themes of motherhood and the fragile body, family dynamics and small town tensions, unusual traditions and metamorphosis. Dead Relatives and Other Stories is the highly anticipated, no-holds-barred short story collection from Lucie McKnight Hardy, and readers can expect more of the suspense and trepidation evident in her debut novel, Water Shall Refuse Them. Not for the faint-hearted, Dead Relatives invites you behind closed doors, and will leave you wondering if it’s better that they’re kept shut and firmly locked.

Vanessa Onwuemezi – DARK NEIGHBOURHOOD (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

In her brilliantly inventive debut collection, Vanessa Onwuemezi takes readers on a surreal and haunting journey through a landscape on the edge of time. At the border with another world, a line of people wait for the gates to open; on the floor of a lonely room, a Born Winner runs through his life’s achievements and losses; in a suburban garden, a man witnesses a murder that pushes him out into the community. Struggling to realize the human ideals of love and freedom, the characters of Dark Neighbourhood roam instead the depths of alienation, loss and shame. With a detached eye and hallucinatory vision, they observe their own worlds as the line between dream and reality dissolves and they themselves begin to fragment. Electrifying and heady, and written with a masterful lyrical precision, Dark Neighbourhood heralds the arrival of a strikingly original new voice in fiction.

Sarah Schofield – SAFELY GATHERED IN (Comma Press)

A website designer experiences a reversal of roles after moving in with her elderly grandmother to care for her…After making a lifechanging decision, a mother takes her teenager to a fast-food chain to find solace…An engineer building mechanical birds reluctantly agreed to exhibit her creations in a gallery…In this powerful and touching debut collection, Sarah Schofield addresses themes of parenthood, creation and an appreciation for the natural world, as well as playing with hallmarks of genre fiction, particularly science fiction, establishing a new and exciting voice in Northern fiction.

All three books will be available to purchase on the night and the authors will be signing copies after the talk.

If you would like a signed copy of any of the books but cannot make it to the event, please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or and we can arrange this for you. Covid-19 precautions will be adhered to in order to ensure the safety of of our attendees, authors and booksellers.