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Writer Jessica Andrews returns to GOLDTAPPED to present newly published book Saltwater on Saturday 29 June 3- 5pm. 

An afternoon of poetry and prose celebrating the north-east, in connection with the publication of Saltwater.

There will be readings from local authors and artists, a chance to buy books and zines and drinks in a pub down the road afterwards.


Lauren Vevers
Lauren is a writer from and based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction and is in the process of developing a script with Film Hub North and BFI through their Script Lab.

In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Best Young Writer’ Award and nominated in the ‘Best Writer’ category at the Blog North Awards. Since then she was selected for the Channel 4 Random Acts Development programme and the Latimer x BBC Three Talent Scheme. In 2016, she was the recipient of the New Writing North Young Writers’ Talent Fund. Her play, Trashed, was recently included on the Pint-Sized Playwriting Longlist for 2018.

She runs creative writing workshops for young people and community groups in the North.

Lauren is also a producer at Papaya Press, an award-winning project which brings together northern artists and writers to explore the space between art and literature. In the past Papaya have worked with The Laing, The Late Shows, New Writing North and Durham Book Festival. Their last event was co-hosted with The Grapevine Zine in London at the Peckham Pelican.

Oliver Doe
Oliver Doe is an artist-curator and writer based in Newcastle, whose work largely considers issues around queer intimacy and visibility. His practice operates in between modes of working, from painting, sculpture, performance, poetry, and the altered object, in order to examine visibility, represent a trace of the body and generate a sense of absence. Exploring the ways queerness is visualised through differing levels of abstraction, and particularly minimalism, his aim is to investigate intimacy, sexuality, and gender from both personal standpoints and from within cultures and communities.

After several smaller publications, zines and pamphlets, Oliver published his first full-length poetry collection, Trace Your Fingers Over The Edges of Me, in late 2018.

Carmen Marcus
Carmen Marcus lives and writes in the coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea. As the daughter of a fisherman and Irish mother her work brings together the practical and the magical. Her debut novel How Saints Die was published with Harvill Secker in 2017, it won New Writing North’s Northern Promise Award and was long listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Carmen is also a performance poet and has been commissioned by The South Bank Centre, BBC Radio and Durham Book Festival. Having made the journey from a council estate to the bookshelves she is an advocate and activist for the voices of underrepresented writers. You can learn more at / @Kalamene

Jessica Andrews
Jessica Andrews writes fiction and poetry. She grew up in Sunderland and has spent time living in Santa Cruz, Paris, Donegal, Barcelona and London. She has been published by the Independent, Elle, Somesuch Stories, AnOther, Caught by the River, Shabby Doll House and Papaya Press, among others. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing classes and co-runs literary magazine The Grapevine, which aims to give a platform to under-represented writers.

Her debut novel, Saltwater (published 16th May 2019) is set in the north-east and explores the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, the challenges of shifting class identity and the way that the strongest feelings of love can be the hardest to define.

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