National Northern Authors Day

Posted on July 7, 2023

Every day of the year, we champion writing talent from the North, as well as books reflecting readers and places across the North, and everyone who publishes, promotes, reviews and sells them. So we are delighted to observe National Northern Authors Day today, a celebration of Northern authors, books and bookshops, declared on Twitter by @AuthorsNorthern.

If you’re looking to read more writing from and about the North, what better place to start than with our beautiful anthology of place writing, North Country (edited by Karen Lloyd)? It’s a stimulating collection that brings together a diverse range of Northern voices, new and old. From the Brontës and Wordsworths to Thomas Bewick, Sarah Hall to Benjamin Myers, Polly Atkin to Jason Allen-Paisant, Simon Armitage to Lemn Sissay, there are many familiar names.

But the book is also a showcase for a host of newer, emerging writers, including Lee Schofield, Adam Farrer, Jennifer Lee Tsai, and Elspeth Wilson. Through personal, attentive writing on landscape and nature, they restore the past and celebrate the new, offering unanticipated perspectives on place and identity. North Country is a one-of-a-kind anthology which highlights the beauty of the north.

And while you’re thinking North and books, why not visit an independent bookshop? Some of our favourites are Sam Reads in Grasmere, Salt’s Mill in Saltaire, near Bradford, The Grove Bookshop in Ilkley, Forum Books in Corbridge, The Bound in Whitley Bay, the Book Corner in Halifax, The Bookcase in Hebden Bridge, Juno Books in Sheffield, and the House of Books and Friends in Manchester, which has a mission to combat loneliness and isolation, as well as selling brilliant books.


Get involved with National Northern Authors Day on Twitter with the hashtag #NNAD