What is Bookmarked?
August the 8th will see the start of something new up North as Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe launch a new Literary Salon at Waterstone’s Deansgate in the heart of Manchester’s City Centre. Two sofa’s, two hosts, two authors with two titles two discuss and an audience ready to participate; ‘Bookmarked’ aims to bring something new and fresh to the Manchester cultural scene.
Simon Savidge hails from a line of book lovers in the Peak District. He’s been a man of many career’s from hairdresser, to theatre supervisor before coming back to the thing he loves most which is writing and books which all started thanks to his book blog ‘Savidge Reads’. He is an editor, writer and book reviewer for Bent Magazine where he has interviewed the likes of the Sugababes (in varying forms) to Lady Gaga.
In 2010 he co-founded The Green Carnation Prize which promotes and celebrates LGBT writing published in the UK and is the chair of the judges for 2011. Simon is a writer of reading guides for publishers Faber & Faber and a blogger for The Bookseller and We Love This Book.
Adam Lowe is a writer and publisher from Leeds. In 2009 he received four Lambda Award nominations, in both poetry and prose, and three British Fantasy Award nominations for works that he published. In 2008, his magazine, Polluto, was awarded the Spectrum Fantastic Art Silver Editorial Award. He was one of the 2010 young writers in residence at the I Love West Leeds Arts Festival. He also writes for Bent and works in the marketing department at Peepal Tree Press.
Adam is a graduate of Street Voices 2 and an active member of Young Inscribe. In the past he has been a part of Critters.org and Orson Scott Card’s Hatrack River Writers’ Workshop. Adam regularly delivers workshops and runs an annual mentoring and masterclass programme for new writers in the North who specialise in science fiction, fantasy, horror and cross-genre writing: the Dog Horn Masterclass Programme. Because of his work in the region, he is a Youth Ambassador for the Cultural Olympiad in Yorkshire.