It Must Have Been Love: But is it Over Now? : Bolu Babalola, Cecelia Ahern & Katherine Webber
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 18:00-19:00
Session No: 217
Do we love the same way as we did fifty or a hundred years ago? How do we write about love relatable to current times? Or a love befitting an idyllic time? Where do we start from when writing about love and its countless forms? How different are today’s romance novels from the Mills & Boons of the mid-20th century? What is the winning secret behind writing about the one precarious topic without which nothing else matters: love in different ages and cultures?
Famed authors Bolu Babola, Cecelia Ahern and Katherine Webber come together to answer questions on writing about love and all its aches.
Bolu Babalola is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling and Waterstones Book of the Year shortlisted collection, Love in Colour. In 2016, she was shortlisted in 4th Estate’s B4ME competition for her short story ‘Netflix & Chill’, a hilarious teen romance, and since then she has worked as an author and scriptwriter and as a cultural commentator, where she calls herself a ‘romcomoisseur’. Her recent book, Honey & Spice, is a romantic coming of age debut novel and a Reese’s Book Club pick.
Cecelia Ahern has won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 25 million copies in over 50 countries. Two of her books, P.S I Love You and Love, Rosie have been adapted into films, and she has created several TV series. Her latest novel is Freckles.
Katherine Webber is the author of the YA Twin Crowns series, and has also written YA novels The Revelry, Only Love Can Break Your Heart and The Heartbeats of Wing Jones. Under the penname of Katie Tsang, Webber also co-writes children’s literature, including the Sam Wu is Not Afraid series and the Dragon Realm series with husband and fellow author Kevin Tsang.