Preview: Lara Williams

Treats author sheds poetic light on twentysomething life

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Preview: Lara Williams

It's always a pleasure to see a small publishing house have a big hit on its hands. That's what happened earlier this year when Glasgow's Freight Books published Treats by Manchester-based author Lara Williams. Her strong voice and insightful stories about twentysomething life speaks to women across the country and won an instant army of fans.

Treats is a slim short story collection – if you've not read it yet, you should, and it won't take you more than a couple of hours. But it's packed with wisdom and emotional nuggets about everything from dating and sex to depression and bereavement. Her voice, suffused with the chimes of 24-hour digital life, might speak most directly to women who've left education in the last ten years but praise has come from all ages and genders and it's also shortlisted for this year's First Book Award at the book festival.

In this Charlotte Square event, Williams is joined by Jan Carson, whose story collection Children's Children focuses on the social divides of East Belfast.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 18 Aug, 8.30pm, £8 (£6).

Jan Carson & Lara Williams

If there’s a future for shorter fiction in the UK, it might well reside in the work of these two gifted writers. East Belfast provides the backdrop for many of the stories in Jan Carson’s collection Children’s Children, with a particular focus on social divides in Northern Ireland. Manchester-based Lara Williams has…

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