Grace Palmer, Director, Novel Nights

Grace Palmer  directs and runs Novel Nights and co-hosts the event in Bristol and Bath, interviewing and choosing guests and creating the event programme.

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

Running since 2013, Novel Nights takes place in Bristol and Bath and is all about helping the writers in its community. “This year we’re providing masterclasses to help writers sharpen their writing, podcasts to reach more writers and provide more publishing insider and author talks. Over the years we have built a strong network of guest speakers and writers. We have a booksellers slot and we have collaborated in Bristol with Foyles, StorySmith and Waterstones and Mr B’s in Bath to sell books.

Grace writes novels and flash fiction. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa Uni. Her flash fiction has been published in Riggwelter, Flashback Fiction, the Flash Fiction Anthology One & Two and heard on BBC Radio Bristol Upload. Her work has been longlisted in many places. She teaches creative writing courses at Bristol Folk House . Independently of Novel Nights she’s starting a new open mic night for flash fiction, Flash in Hand at Alchemy .

Charlotte Packer

At our Novel Nights Bristol events, Charlotte Packer is our host. She chooses submissions, liaises with readers and networks. She is leading on the podcast project and developing strategy alongside Grace.

Charlotte 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. 



Colette Hill is our speaker co-ordinator at Novel Nights in Bath. she interviews guests at Novel Nights, chooses submissions and works with local writers to share the word about Novel Nights in Bath.

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Colette HillColette 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.