Salt is a national publisher of literary fiction, with a strong history of developing and publishing Northern and Scottish authors – particularly those whose work is rooted in Northern landscapes and histories – from to interwar Scottish highland estates to from the miners’ strike of the 1980s.

Join this panel of exceptional Northern and Scottish authors, drawn from 20 years of Salt’s catalogue, as they explore questions such as how the physical and metaphorical Northern landscape informs their work, how specific moments in regional history can be written to have resonance far beyond county lines, and what the future might look like for regional writers of literary fiction, at a time when independent publishing is more exciting than ever.

About The Speakers

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett is a director of Salt Publishing. She edits Salt’s crime list and some of its literary fiction. She is a frequent speaker at festivals and other events and often conducts author workshops and surgeries. Under the pseudonym Christina James she is author of the DI Yates series.

James Clarke

James Clarke was born in Manchester in 1985 and grew up in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. His debut novel, The Litten Path, was published by Salt and went on to win the 2019 Betty Trask Prize. Hollow in the Land, a novel in stories, will be published by Serpent’s Tail in 2020.

Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle has published three short story collections, including Ornithology (Confingo), and seven novels, most recently First Novel (Vintage). He is series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt). Reader in Creative Writing at Manchester Met, he runs Nightjar Press and has been a commissioning editor for Salt since 2011.