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BIRMINGHAM TO HOST 2009 ORANGE READERS’ DAY

London, 23 March 2009: Fiction fans will have the opportunity to meet bestselling women writers at the 2009 Orange Readers’ Day hosted in Birmingham.

The special one day event at The Adrian Boult Hall, BCU Conservatoire on Saturday 9 May will see a stellar line up of some of the UK’s most exciting literary and cultural female figures gather to celebrate the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers.

Kate Mosse, bestselling author and Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, will join Joanne Harris (Chocolat, Coast Liners, Five Quarters of the Orange), Sadie Jones (The Outcast), Charlotte Mendelson (When We Were Bad, Daughters of Jerusalem), Joanna Kavenna (Inglorious), Clare Allan (Poppy Shakespeare), Diana Evans (26A) and Catherine O’Flynn (What Was Lost) for an afternoon of book discussions and readings.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear authors shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers discuss their work. [1]

The Readers’ Day has been organised by Orange, The Reading Agency, the West Midlands Readers’ Network and the Birmingham Book Festival.

The Orange Prize for Fiction, established in 1996, celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in international fiction written by women. Recent winners include Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006) and Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005).

Launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England, the Orange Award for New Writers celebrates potential and emerging female writing talent.

Previous winners are Diana Evans who took the inaugural Award in 2005 for her debut novel, 26A, Naomi Alderman who won in 2006 for Disobedience, Karen Connelly who took the award in 2007 for The Lizard Cage and most recently, Joanna Kavenna who won in 2008 for her debut novel, Inglorious.

Tickets for the event are £5, £4 concessions or a special offer of £20 for six tickets, which includes interval refreshments and a book goody bag to take home. Tickets can be purchased from the Birmingham Box Office on 0121 303 2323 or at www.birminghamboxoffice.com. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the Orange Prize for Fiction and Orange Award for New Writers visit www.orangeprize.co.uk

[1] The 2009 Orange Award for New Writers shortlist will be announced on 7th April 2009.

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