Books Talk Back events offer an opportunity for aspiring authors to meet and ask questions to a published author and gain insight and ideas on a career in creative writing. Books Talk Back also provides the perfect networking platform for writers, readers and literary enthusiasts.

These non-profit events consist of a guest author, two pre-selected participants and a room full of guests.  The two aspiring authors read an extract of their unpublished novel to an audience and published author, then receive feedback from both. The audience of guests are welcome to ask questions throughout.

The idea is for aspiring authors to have an opportunity to share their work in a relaxed, friendly environment whilst gaining some constructive feedback to help them develop their writing.

The events have gained support from The Prince’s Trust, The British Library and Writers’ Centre Norwich.


What a unique way to connect more established and emerging authors

Eliza Robertson

author of 'Wallflowers'

Isabelle King

Books Talk Back is the initiative of Isabelle King who organises and hosts each event. Isabelle is a writer, producer and performer based in Norwich, though her work takes her across the UK and abroad.

Isabelle read an extract of her writing at her first Books Talk Back event in 2013 with Naomi Wood and found the experience so encouraging, she continues to develop her writing whilst producing more events. Her debut children’s book ‘The Norfolk Storybook’ is endorsed by Norfolk Museums Service, published by The History Press.

In 2016, Isabelle’s short story was highly commended for the Words And Women prose fiction competition judged by Emma Healey. The story is published by Unthank Books in the Words And Women anthology, which was launched on International Women’s Day.

In 2015, she won an arts journalism competition to be the Embedded Writer at the Family Arts Conference. In 2014, her writing was shortlisted for the Writers’ Centre Norwich national fiction competition.