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Fly on the Wall Press at Leeds Lit Fest!

On Saturday, June 22nd, Hyde Park Book Club will transform into a celebration of the North's rich literary tapestry, showcasing the best in independent publishing and homegrown talent.

From 11am to 3pm, book lovers can immerse themselves in a treasure trove of literary delights as they explore the offerings from esteemed northern presses. Fly on the Wall Press will be on hand to share their latest political and quirky releases and engage with readers. Ask us about submissions!

Joining them will be the eclectic Comma Press, known for their translated short fiction, Peepal Tree Press, a beacon for Caribbean and Black British writing, Dead Ink with their signature blend of edgy and experimental works and many more.

As the day unfolds, the event will transition into a captivating showcase of northern literary talents. From 3pm to 4pm, prepare to be spellbound by readings from acclaimed authors, including the mesmerizing Elliot J Harper. Harper will treat audiences to excerpts from his latest novel, "New Gillion Street," a gripping speculative fiction tale set in the politically-neutral world of Neo-Yuthea. In this thought-provoking satire, Albert Smith's orderly life is disrupted when Mr. Zand campaigns for Mayor, leading to uncertain times filled with shocking deaths, enforced arranged marriages, and the impending suppression of secret garden meetings. Hailed for his classic yet post-modern style, Harper's prose promises to transport readers to the precipice of chaos, where they'll join Albert and his neighbors in their fight for freedom.

About the Author: Elliot J Harper is a speculative fiction writer who lives in Leeds, England with his wife, Naomi. His short story, In the Garden, won The Molotov Cocktail magazine's Flash Vision 2021 contest. He has short stories in print as follows: The Curious Case of the Speaking Telegraph in the Spirit Machine: Tales of Seance Fiction &, Into the Forest in The Wild Hunt: Stories of the Chase by Air and Nothingness Press, There's a Dead Bear in the Pool in Black Telephone Issue 1 by Clash Books, Blackout in The Protest Issue of Popshot Quarterly Magazine. He has various short stories online in Maudlin House, Storgy, Neon Books, Coffin Bell, Horrified Magazine and Idle Ink. His monthly blog, A Brief Chat, hosts interviews with publishers, magazines, authors, and other creatives.

Joining Harper will be the talented Dylan Byford, SJ Bradley, Christine Roseeta Walker, and Matt Hill, each offering a unique perspective on the vibrant northern literary landscape.

Whether you're a lifelong bibliophile or a newcomer to the literary scene, the Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow at Leeds Lit Fest promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of northern storytelling, discover new literary gems, and celebrate the region's incredible creative talents.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22nd, and join us at Hyde Park Book Club for a day of literary indulgence like no other. Tickets are available here, so secure your spot and get ready to be swept away by the magic of words.

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