Morecambe & Vice


Sat 29th & Sun 30th Sept 2018 @ Morecambe Winter Gardens


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in association with WATERSTONES

Morecambe BID & Attic Door Productions present

Life Backstage

Publishers and Publicists join forces in our behind the scenes panel to discuss a host of topics surrounding the promotion of authors and novels.


Sunday 30th Sept

10.00 - 10.45


William Shaw

William Shaw is the author of the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series: A Song from Dead Lips, A House of Knives, A Book of Scars and Sympathy for the Devil; and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He is writing a new crime series starring the character DS Alexandra Cupidi from The Birdwatcher, the first of which is Salt Lane. He has worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.


You can find out more about William by following him on Twitter -@william1shaw

Sam Blake is the bestselling author of the Cat Connolly trilogy. The first book in the series Little Bones, debuted at No 1 in Ireland and stayed there for four weeks. Followed by In Deep Water (UK release: 2018) and No Turing Back (UK release: 2019) the series focuses on a kick-boxing twenty-four-year-old Garda Detective and is set in London and Dublin. Leading a double life, Sam Blake is the pen name for Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, the founder of one of Europe's biggest and busiest writing resources websites, the award winning, and also of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy. She is Ireland's leading literary scout and has assisted many bestselling and award winning authors to publication. Working closely with major agents in the UK and Ireland, she is always on the lookout for new talent. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the head of the Irish Chapter of the Crime Writers Association.


You can find out more about Sam by visiting her website - - or by following her on Twitter - @samblakebooks

Sam Blake

Sam Eades

Sam Eades is Editorial Director at Trapeze Books, a new imprint of Orion Publishing Group. Launched in October 2016, Trapeze publishes the very best commercial fiction and non-fiction.


Sam is looking for standout voices in a number of genres including crime, psychological suspense, grounded SF, reading group and women's fiction. Authors include Jem Lester, Tilly Bagshawe, Sharon Bolton, Tami Hoag as well as rising stars Luke Allnutt and Daniel Cole, whose debut novels have sold in over 30 countries worldwide.


You can find out more about Sam by following her on Twitter - @SamEades

Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher works with film and TV writers and directors at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, assisting two senior agents and building her own client list. Previously she worked in the media department at Blake Friedmann Agency, working with esteemed crime writing clients including Paul Finch and Peter James, as well as stints at production companies Hammer Films and Scott Free Films. In her spare time, she is an avid reader of crime fiction and listens to a wide range of international true crime Podcasts. She hails from Lancashire but lives in London with her partner and their dog, Ripley the golden retriever.


You can find out more about Ellen's work at Casarotto by visiting their website -

Angela McMahon


William Shaw Sam Blake Sam Eades Ellen Gallagher

sponsored by Scott & Wilkinson Chartered Accountants


Angela McMahon is the director of Flow Communications, an award-winning PR company specialising in crime fiction. Over her many years in publishing, Angela has worked with some of the biggest names in crime fiction, including Ian Rankin, Harlan Coben and Anthony Horowitz. She is the co-director of NOIRELAND, Belfast’s international crime festival and was one of the team that created RebusFest, the 30th anniversary celebration Ian Rankin’s iconic creation.


You can find out more about Angela and Flow Communications, by visiting their website -

Or, by following her on Twitter - @angelaontour

Angela McMahon