Upcoming Events:

Tuesday April 28th, 19.00 – The Secrets of Writing Authentic Dialogue. Emma Claire Sweeney runs two-hour workshop with London Writers’ Café, The Globe, 83 Morgate. Book tickets here

Past events:


Monday February 3rd, 19.00 – Talk Show: How Jane Austen Invented the Modern World, Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Mariella Frostrup, Helena Kelly and Helen McClory, with music by Siobhan Wilson, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Book free tickets here.


Saturday November 23rd, 10.00am-4.00pm – Cambridge Writing Retreat, What Do I Do Now I’ve Finished My Draft?, Emma Claire Sweeney will be joined by literary agent Jonathan Ruppin to help writers work out what steps to take once the crucial first draft is complete.

Saturday October 19th, 10.00am-4.00pm – Cambridge Writing Retreat, What Does ‘Show Not Tell’ Actually Mean?, Emma Claire Sweeney runs daylong novel writing workshop.

Saturday October 26th, 17:30-19:00 – followed by drinks and book signing until 20:15, Doris Lessing Centenary Celebration, Emma Claire Sweeney discusses Lessing’s legacy with Rachel Cusk and Lara Feigel, Julian Study Centre Lecture Theatre, University of East Anglia. Book tickets here.

Saturday 28 September, 4.00pm – Manx LitFest, A Celebration of Literary Sisterhood, Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with literary agent Jonathan Ruppin, King’s Court Theatre, King William’s College, Castletown, Isle of Man

Saturday 18 May, 3pm – The Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) AGM Weekend, Emma Claire Sweeney talks about ‘The Female Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf’, Town Hall, Nuneaton


Tuesday 31 July, 6.30-8pm – 5×15 @ The AllBright Club, ‘Secret Histories of Women Writers’: A double bill of literary co-authors with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate, The AllBright, London

Monday 26 March – The Business of a Woman’s Life: female authorship, celebrity and fandom in the long nineteenth century conference (2.10pm  panel discussion on female literary friendship), Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Friday 16 March, 12.30-1.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 10 February, 12.45-4.30pm – London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting: Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney on Literary Friendships, Francis Holland School for Girls, London


Thursday 26 October, 6-7.30pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Kate Bolick at NYU Bookstore, New York City

Saturday 28 October, 2-4pm – The Jane Austen Society of North America – NY Metropolitan Region and the Brontë Society American Chapter: Conversation with Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney (chaired by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore) at Shakespeare & Co, New York City

Wednesday 1 November, 6pm – A Celebration of Literary Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Mary Volmer and Cheryl Crocker McKeon at Book Passage, San Francisco (event sponsored by the WNBA-SF, Saint Mary’s College MFA in Creative Writing)

Tuesday 7 November, 7pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney present and sign A Secret Sisterhood, in conversation with Elizabeth L. Silver, and joined by Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson at Vroman’s Book Store, Pasadena

Monday 23 October, 11am-12pm – A Secret Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney at Wantage Literary Festival

Saturday 21 October, 1pm – A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf at Bloomsbury Literature Festival

Wednesday 18 October, 6.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood: the hidden friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf at Chawton House Library

Saturday 14 October, 3.30pm – Secret Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney at Ilkley Literature Festival

Wednesday 27 September – ‘Is the Isolated Female Genius a Myth?’ Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, in conversation with Annabel Abbs (private event)

Friday 22 September, 7.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood. Join Antonia Honeywell, as she talks to authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney at Uxbridge Library

Saturday 16 September, 2.30pm – 46th Annual George Eliot Lecture 2017 ‘Secret Sisterhood: George Eliot’s Literary Friendship’ at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre in Coton, Nuneaton

Tuesday 11 July (7.15-8.30pm) – ‘How Female Friendship Feeds Creativity with Rachel Holmes, Emily Midorikawa, Kate Mosse, and Emma Claire Sweeney’ at the British Library

Tuesday 4 July, 6.30pm – ‘A Secret Sisterhood: Female Literary Friendships with Emma Claire Sweeney, Emily Midorikawa, Michèle Roberts and Sarah LeFanu’ at Waterstones Gower Street

Thursday 15 June – ‘Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney explore the hidden friendships between Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontё, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf’ at Hungerford Bookshop

Monday 12 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood’, Folkestone Women’s Forum event at Folkestone Quarterhouse

Wednesday 7 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood: Discussing female literary friendships’, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Samantha Ellis at Waterstones Crouch End

Thursday 1 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood’, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Rowan Coleman at Waterstones Berkhamsted

Wednesday, March 29: City Writes Launch Event

Wednesday, February 22: Viewing Autism Through the Arts Lens



Thursday, December 15: Royal Mencap Society’s Carol Service

Wednesday, November 30: NYU London Literary Club Event

Wednesday, November 16: Writing Friendships at City, University of London

Saturday 15 October – Friendship-themed creative writing workshop at the South Holland Centre in Spalding

Sunday 16 October – Friendship-themed creative writing workshop at Fydell House in Boston (Lincolnshire)

Monday, October 10: Owl Song at Dawn Reading at Keele Hall

Saturday, October 8: Appearance at Mencap Annual Conference

Monday, September 5: Coffee and Cake with Emma Claire Sweeney

Saturday, September 3: A Literary Afternoon with Emma Claire Sweeney and Carys Bray


Saturday 20 August –Literary Friendships with Something Rhymed at Margate Bookie

Thursday 12 May – Genuine Change: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London

Wednesday 4 May – So-called Women’s Issues: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London

Thursday 28 April – VIDA count: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London