ONLINE: The Joy of Being Selfish with Michelle Elman

Accredited life coach and creator of the campaign ‘Scarred Not Scared’  gives honest and compassionate advice from her latest book: The Joy of Being Selfish: Why you need boundaries and how to set them.

Is your friendship group constantly filled with drama?
Does your boss make constant unreasonable demands?
Do you find yourself saying ‘yes’ to people and events to keep those around you happy?
Do you often find yourself emotionally exhausted and physically drained?

If so, you need a strong dose of boundaries.

It’s time to discover the joy of being selfish. Putting the needs of everyone around us before our own is ingrained in us from a young age. Often, this leaves us with little time or energy for much-needed self-love and self-care, and to figure out who we truly are and what we really want.

Life coach and influencer @scarrednotscared Michelle Elman is here to teach you about reclaiming your life through the art of boundaries.

The practical side of self-love, creating and upholding strong boundaries will teach others how to treat you, rid your life of drama and toxic relationships and allow you to love yourself and others in the best way possible.

Michelle Elman will be interviewed by Cat Lumb.

Michelle Elman is a five-board accredited Life Coach and is most known for her campaign Scarred Not Scared. She has an active social media presence with over 300k followers across her accounts. She has appeared on Sky News, Loose Women, Channel 5 News, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, LBC sharing her expert opinion, as well as radio worldwide from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Ireland.

Her TedX talk Have You Hated Your Body Enough Today? has been viewed over 50,000 times and her debut book Am I Ugly? was released in 2018. She has also written for a number of reputable publications including Huffington Post, Grazia, Metro, MTV and Stylist.

In 2020, she was named as one of The Sun’s 50 most inspirational women in the UK. She recently launched her life coaching podcast In All Honesty and her new book The Joy of Being Selfish was published in 2021.

About Cat Lumb: Cat is a writer and writing coach with‌ 10 ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌writing‌ ‌under‌ her ‌belt and helps to support other writers in finding ways to live their own writing dreams. Her debut Novel – In Lies We Trust – reached #16 in the Kindle Spy Thriller Bestseller charts in its release week, and she’s been published in Writing Magazine, Women’s Weekly, and by Mslexia and Comma Press.

‌You can find out more about her via her website:

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ONLINE EVENT: A zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Age guidance: 14+ (under 16s should be supervised by an adult)

Toni Tone – I Wish I Knew This Earlier

The award-winning speaker, writer, social content creator and ambassador for the charity Young Women’s Trust talks about the inspirational life lessons in her instant Sunday Times bestseller: I Wish I Knew This Earlier (#IWIKTE).

Packed with invaluable advice to improve any relationship and offering insights into our own behaviours – from the value of intuition and taking responsibility for our choices to flourishing through heartbreak – this bestselling book is a practical guide to achieving growth and self-respect.

Toni Tone is the first-ever ambassador for the Young Woman’s Trust, a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women across the UK. In 2021, she featured in Channel 4’s Highlife about young, ambitious British West Africans, and presented the podcast Money Moves in collaboration with BBC Sounds to help young people with money management. Her writing on Twitter averages over 40 million impressions a month and her insights have been featured in many mainstream publications.

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ONLINE EVENT: A zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Age guidance: 12+ (under 16s should be supervised by an adult)

This is the Canon

This Is the Canon is for anyone who wants to redress the imbalance of their education and to rethink what are considered the ‘classics’.

Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne & Kadija Sesay discuss their timely and important book, tapping into the ongoing discussions around race and identity.

This event is for anyone who wants to redress the imbalance of their education and to rethink what are considered the ‘classics’ of literature. This is the Canon offers a rich and multifaceted perspective on our past, present and future which deserves to be read by all bibliophiles and teachers and students alike.

From literary giants such as Toni Morrison and Chinua Achebe to equally vital writers such as Caribbean novelist Earl Lovelace or Indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright, the novels recommended here are in turn haunting and lyrical, innovative and inspiring.

‘A vital and timely introduction to some of the best books I’ve ever read. Perfectly curated and filled with brilliant literature’ Nikesh Shukla

Professor Joan Anim-Addo is Professor Emerita of Caribbean Literature and Culture at Goldsmiths University and the co-founder of the world-first MA in Black British Literature.

Dr Deirdre Osborne is Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths University, London and the co-founder of the world-first Black British Literature MA. She is also associate editor of Women’s Writing.

Dr Kadija Sesay Hon FRSL is a writer and editor of several anthologies, the founder of SABLE LitMag, and AfriPoetree SIV and co-founder of The Mboka Festival in The Gambia

Free (Booking required to send your Zoom link)
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ONLINE EVENT: A zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Age recommendation: 16+


If you long to write a novel but are struggling to get ideas on the page this workshop is for you.

Join Writing Coach Cat Lumb, The Write Catalyst, for an online workshop, in which she will introduce you to her five-step plan to outline your novel, from identifying your idea to creating your easy-to-follow roadmap to write it.

If you long to write a novel but can’t find the right idea, or you have your story but aren’t sure how to take it from in your head onto the page, this is the workshop for you.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have a clear idea of your story, who your main characters are, why they’re crucial to your novel, and an understanding of how time and place play an important role in your book.

Not only this but you’ll end up with an outline to follow and a selection of key scenes that you can build on so that you can start writing with confidence right until you get to ‘The End’.

About Cat Lumb: With‌ 10 ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌writing‌ ‌under‌ her ‌belt,‌ ‌Cat has ‌faced‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌that‌ ‌come‌ ‌with‌ ‌writing‌ ‌novels‌ ‌and‌ ‌short‌ ‌stories.‌ ‌From‌ ‌writer’s‌ ‌block‌ ‌to‌ ‌overwhelm,‌ ‌and‌ ‌uncertainty‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌fear‌ ‌of‌ ‌not‌ ‌being‌ ‌good‌ ‌enough, she ‌spent‌ ‌years‌ ‌believing‌ ‌that‌ ‌she ‌would‌ ‌never‌ ‌be‌ ‌the‌ ‌writer‌ she ‌dreamed‌ ‌of‌ ‌being,‌ ‌and‌ ‌labelling‌ herself ‌a‌ ‌failure‌ ‌when‌ ‌–‌ ‌in‌ ‌reality‌ ‌–‌ ‌she ‌was‌ ‌learning‌ her ‌craft,‌ ‌developing‌ her ‌skills,‌ ‌and‌ ‌improving‌ her ‌writing‌ ‌with‌ ‌every‌ ‌word‌ ‌written.‌ ‌

She left her cultural education job in a museum she loved in the midst of the pandemic to live her dream‌ ‌life; ‌writing novels in her ‘Plotting Shed’ and supporting other writers in finding ways to live their own writing dreams. Her debut Novel – In Lies We Trust – reached #16 in the Kindle Spy Thriller Bestseller charts in its release week, and she’s been published in Writing Magazine, Women’s Weekly, and by Mslexia and Comma Press.

‌You can find out more about her via her website:


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Please Note: This workshop has limited places and advanced booking is recommended.

ONLINE EVENT: A zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Age guidance: 16+

Erin Kelly – Watch Her Fall

The Sunday Times million-bestselling author talks to Paul Burston about her latest dark and captivating thriller Watch Her Fall, set during a production of Swan Lake and described as Black Swan meets Killing Eve.

Ava Kirilova has reached the top of her profession and is about to play one of the most challenging roles in ballet. It’s a part that dancers would kill for – and someone really wants to see her fall.

‘A captivating hall of mirrors of a novel, where nothing and no one is as they seem.’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

Erin Kelly’s debut novel The Poison Tree was adapted as a major ITV drama, chosen as a Richard & Judy bestseller and longlisted for the CWA John Creasy Award. Stephen King wrote to her saying: ‘I wish I’d written it.’

Since then she has published seven more psychological thrillers and the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch. Her novels We Know/You Know and He Said/She Said were also Richard & Judy picks, and her books have sold over a million copies and been translated into 25 languages. She also works as a journalist and a creative writing teacher.

Erin will be interviewed by Paul Burston. Paul’s novels include domestic noir The Closer I Get and the WH Smith no 1 bestseller The Black Path; he is also curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari.

This event will be held online as a Zoom webinar. A link to access the webinar will be sent to you the day before the event.

ONLINE: A Toolkit for Happiness with Dr Emma Hepburn

Dr Emma Hepburn, aka @thepsychologymum, talks about her latest book, A Toolkit for Happiness: 55 Ways to Feel Better – the ultimate guide to long-term and sustainable happiness.

Emma teaches us that happiness is as much about weathering the storms of life as it is about enjoying the sunny weather – and that by implementing small and simple changes we have the power to influence how we feel for the long term.

In this accessible discussion, she will offer easy-to-use tools to cultivate positive habits, better understand your emotions and put you on the path to a healthier and happier you.

 ‘So easy to read yet packed with all the ingredients to create a happy life. Emma manages to cove the science in such a beautiful and simple way, this book is gold!’ Dr Punam Krishnan, resident doctor, BBC One Morning Live

Dr Emma Hepburn is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a range of settings including with adults, clinical health, neuropsychology, child and maternity. She has always drawn as part of her clinical work and starting sharing these drawings on Instagram to provide people with evidence-based psychology and mental health information in an accessible, fun and easy-to-understand way.

Emma is passionate about helping people proactively look after their mental health and taking clinical psychology beyond the clinic room so that more people can benefit from evidence-based advice and information. In 2021, she featured in the Points of Light awards, which recognises outstanding individuals who are making a change in their community.

While this event is FREE booking is recommended so we can send you a Zoom link the day before the event.

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Age guidance: 14+

ONLINE: Polari LGBTQ+ Literary Salon

Bestselling author Paul Burston (The Black Path, The Closer I Get) hosts the acclaimed LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari, with guest authors Okechukwu Nzelu (The Private Joys of Nnenna Meloney, Here Again Now) and Diana Souhami, who won the 2021 Polari Prize with her historical biography No Modernism Without Lesbians.

Paul Burston is the author of six novels and four non-fiction books and editor of two short story collections. Paul is curator and host of award-winning LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari and founder of The Polari Prize for emerging and established LGBTQ+ writers, he is also a regular contributor to TV and radio. His first crime novel The Black Path (2016) became a Number 1 bestseller at WH Smith. The Gay Divorcee (2009) was optioned for TV. Lovers & Losers (2007) was shortlisted for a Stonewall Award. His debut novel Shameless (2001) was shortlisted for the State of Britain Award. His memoir We Can Be Heroes will be published in 2023.

Okechukwu Nzelu is a Manchester-based writer. In 2015 he was the recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award from New Writing North. His debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney won a Betty Trask Award; it was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Polari First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Portico Prize. In 2021, it was selected for the Kingston University Big Read. His second novel, Here Again Now, will be published in March 2022. He is a regular contributor to Kinfolk magazine, and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Diana Souhami won the 2021 Polari prize for LGBTQ+ books with No Modernism Without Lesbians, a richly researched and hugely enjoyable account of a group of gay women who helped to begin the modernist movement. She won several other awards, including the US Lambda Literary Award (twice) and the Whitbread biography award for Selkirk’s Island. Two of her books, The Trials of Radclyffe Hall and Coconut Chaos, have been broadcast as BBC R4’s Book of the Week. Her first book: Gluck: Her Biography, was recently the basis for a BBC documentary and exhibition at Brighton Art Gallery.

This event is ONLINE, you will receive a Zoom link the day before the event.

While this event is FREE booking is required so we can send you the Zoom link.
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Age guidance: 16+