Event Chairing

Are you looking for someone to chair your YA/MG book event?

I have experience chairing panel events as well as more intimate ‘in conversation with’ style events one-on-one with the author. I love chatting about books and who better to chat to than authors?

I approach each event, whether it’s an intimate YA panel or larger festival events, with the same care and preparation.

It might seem obvious but I always start by reading each book well in advance so that the question line-up is insightful, fun and most importantly helps the conversation to stay on track and put the authors at ease.

Currently I am accepting requests to chair events in the Cardiff/Bristol area and am happy to discuss travelling further afield with expenses covered.

Eloise Williams event photos by wonderful photographer Peter James Morgan.

Previous events include:

  • Local YA Panel with Ruth Morgan, Tom Anderson and Gabriella Lepore (Octavo’s Book Café & Wine Bar)
  • Girl Power in YA Panel with Alwyn Hamilton, Katherine Webber and Sarah Govett (Octavo’s Book Café & Wine Bar) – here’s a wonderful write-up of the event by Kelly.
  • Holly Smale Event (Cardiff Kids Literature Festival)
  • Eloise Williams’ Gaslight Event (Cardiff Book Festival)

Karen has organised and chaired a number of panel events with Firefly authors and was always pro-active in the lead up to the events – briefing the panellists fully before the event.
As a chair she has a great rapport with the authors and a friendly manner that puts the authors at ease. She leads the talks and asks pertinent questions that bring out the best in the authors which always results in an excellent event.
I would whole-heartedly recommend Karen to organise and chair events. 

Megan Farr

Publicity Manager at Firefly Press

Karen is the perfect panel chair. She immediately put me and the other authors at ease with her warm, effervescent personality and her thoughtful questions elicited interesting rather than rote responses.

Sarah Govett

Author of "The Territory" and "The Territory: Escape"

Karen chaired the panel in which I took part with a knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm that put authors and audience at their ease and helped create a special, vibrant and enjoyable event.

Ruth Morgan

Author of "Alien Rain"

I hugely appreciated the initiative Karen took to organize the event itself and was impressed by how prepared and enthusiastic she was as the chair. 

Katherine Webber

Author of "Wing Jones"

Having the event chaired by Karen meant that I was able to relax. She provided engaging questions and was so friendly, chatty and calm on the day.
Definitely recommended.

Eloise Williams

Author of "Gaslight" and "Elen's Island"

Karen hosted a great YA panel with enthusiasm and a true passion for literature! Such a fun event, with plenty of laughter and ‘book talk’.

Gabriella Lepore

Author of "Blackheath", "The Witches In The Glass Castle" and "Secrets in Phoenix"

Don't be shy!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line anytime to discuss the chairing of all kinds of book events!

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