The story of Novel Nights


Grace Palmer, Director, Novel Nights

Grace Palmer directs and runs Novel Nights, interviewing authors and agents, and curating the events programme. 

“I wanted to create an event so writers could learn about the publishing industry, break through with their novels and provide a writers’ showcase for novelists to share their writing.” Grace Palmer

Running since 2013, Novel Nights used to host live events in Bristol, Bath and Exeter. We now run digital events. 

Grace writes novels and flash fiction. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. Her flash fiction is published in Magma, Riggwelter, Flashback Fiction, National Flash Fiction Day, Flash Fiction Anthologies, BBC Radio Bristol and ezines. She is an Associate Producer for literature development agency, Paper Nations, and is a freelance creative writing tutor.

These are the other team members.

Charlotte Packer

Charlotte Packer

Charlotte worked with Grace at our Bristol events, and led on the podcast project. She’s currently focusing on her full-time day job and finishing her novel. 

Charlotte Packer is a writer and journalist. She has contributed to national newspapers and magazines including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Homes & Antiques and The English Home. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa and is currently working on a novel, You Don’t Know Me. 

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Colette Hill

Colette Hill is our speaker co-ordinator at Novel Nights and prior to the pandemic, hosted our live author events in Bath. She is now working online. 

Colette Hill writes contemporary women’s fiction. She received a distinction in her MA at Bath Spa for her manuscript, Afterwards, which was shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbitt prize. Her flash fiction has been published in the 2018 Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, Ad-hoc Fiction and Flash Fiction Day. She’s a reader for the Bridport Prize Novel Award.

Novel Nights in Exeter

David LLoyd and Pippa Marriott

David Lloyd is a writer based in Sidmouth. He writes short stories and his novel SILT 1941, is set in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay. He is co-creator of radio drama, Fish Out of Water. He co-hosts Novel Nights in Exeter and has an MA in Creative Writing from Exeter University. 

Pippa Marriott hosts Novel Nights in Exeter.  She is a writer and director who teaches creative writing in prisons.  Pippa received a distinction in her Creative Writing MA from Exeter University and is working on her novel, All the Little Things, which has Victorian artist Mary Watt’s chapel at its centre.

This picture was taken at the first Exeter Novel Nights in 2019. Left to Right, David Lloyd, Pippa Marrott, guest author, Ben Smith, and Grace Palmer.