The Whores’ Asylum is Katy Darby‘s first novel. Foyles Bookshop describes the novel as “a terrific slice of Victorian Gothic, full of roguery and romance, as students vow to help the fallen women of Oxford’s seediest locales”. The book will appear in paperback as The Unpierced Heart later this year. Her work has been read on BBC Radio, and published in various magazines and anthologies. Katy has received the David Higham Award. As well as teaching Short Story and Novel Writing at City University, Katy co-runs Liars’ League, a monthly short story reading night in Central London. Lewisham Lit Fest’s organiser Rachel will be asking her about all this, plus dangerous burglaries.
We will open the evening by introducing Ellen Dibsdall, whose work has caught the eye of librarians elsewhere. Ellen was recently crowned Young Writer of the Year in her home town, Sandwich in Kent, and this evening will be her first reading in London.
This event takes place on Tuesday 19 June, 7pm start, at Deptford Lounge. Please book your place for this free event, so we know how many chairs to put out!