An Evesham Festival of Words Event: Joanna Cannon’s journey from junior doctor to best-selling author is both remarkable and inspiring. Leaving school at 15, and then returning to study for A levels in her thirties would be enough of a challenge for many, let alone then signing up to do a medical degree. She worked as a junior doctor before specialising in psychiatry, and then left the profession to concentrate on her writing career.

She is best known for her debut novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, published in 2016, famously written in an NHS car park in her lunchbreak, just for fun (she thought her mum might read it!) This was followed by Three Things About Elsie (2018), and a memoir, Breaking and Mending (2019). Her third novel, A Tidy Ending, was released in 2022. Her first two novels were both Sunday Times bestsellers and Richard and Judy picks. Together her books have sold almost a million copies and been translated into 14 languages. She is a regular panellist on TV and radio, and at literary festivals across the country. She was last with us in 2019 and we are thrilled to welcome her back to Evesham. Tickets: £10 (includes tea/scone and cake).