THE BOOKBLAST® 10×10 TOUR in association with Waterstones

@LisaAppignanesi — “Congratulations from @RSLiterature on your great tour. Sounds wonderful.”

A carnival of authors, poets, translators and publishers, under the banner of BookBlast® writing agency will be travelling to major cities across England, showcasing some of the finest independent-spirited literature and poetry being published today.

We are visiting nine regions of England, celebrating risk-taking publishers who fill a unique niche in discovering talent. The tour connects London and the regions. The tour will inspire readers to explore and discover what’s happening in different parts of the world now as audiences encounter writers from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. With these events, BookBlast® aims to unite people in the spirit of friendship and exchange.

The BookBlast® 10×10 Tour catalogue is available for viewing or download HERE

We thank our sponsors and supporting partners for their confidence in our work. Our vision here at BookBlast® would not have become a reality without their commitment and active contribution enabling us to make The BookBlast® 10×10 Tour happen, offline and online, reaching all corners of the world.


Tues 11 SEPT – Waterstones Bloomsbury London WC1

Dedalus Books | Independence: A Permanent Revolution

Eric Lane (Chair), with Andrew Crumey, Margaret Jull Costa

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Weds 12 SEPT – Waterstones Newcastle

Bluemoose Books | The Northern Influence on Culture

Kevin Duffy (Chair), with Dan Micklethwaite, Colette Snowden

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 20 SEPT – Waterstones Leeds

Comma Press | Birmingham & Leeds: A Tale of Two Cities

Sarah Cleave (Chair), C.D. Rose, Ian Duhig

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 27 SEPT – Waterstones Nottingham

Istros Books | The End of the World? How the Balkans writes the Holocaust

Susan Curtis (Chair), Christina Pribićević-Zorić, Georgia de Chamberet

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 4 OCT – Waterstones Brighton

Peirene Press | Inside Out: Voices of the Diaspora

Meike Ziervogel (Chair), Jamie Bulloch, Nashwa Gowanlock

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 11 OCT – Waterstones Norwich Castle Street

Galley Beggar Press | All Hail the New Modernists!

Sam Jordison (Chair), Alex Pheby, Paul Stanbridge, Paul Ewen

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 18 OCT – Waterstones Bristol

HopeRoad Publishing | Trading Places: Bright City, Dark Secrets

Rosemarie Hudson (Chair), Peter Kalu, Qaisra Shahraz

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 25 October – Waterstones Birmingham

Saqi Books | The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Elizabeth Briggs (Chair), Nafeesa Hamid, Aliyah Holder

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 1 NOV – Waterstones Liverpool

Balestier Press | #MeToo Moments: Yan Ge & her translator, Nicky Harman, take an unvarnished look at men behaving badly in China

Roh-Suan Tung (Chair), Yan Ge, Nicky Harman

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets

Thurs 8 NOV – Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

Carcanet Press | Claiming the Great Tradition: Women Recalibrate the Classics

Michael Schmidt (Chair), Jane Draycott, Jenny Lewis

Time: 6:30pm Buy Tickets